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CONFIDENCE CAME CHARGES
MAY RESULT IN MOVIE CASE
Confidence game charges may re
sult from the stunt practiced through
Daily News want ad columns by mo
tion picture operating schools. Harry
B. Miller of the prosecuting attor
ney's office will swear out warrants
for four he says.
Thousands of dollars have been
taken from susceptible young men
drawn to these schools by Daily News
ads which offered "$18 to $25 a week
for evening work which takes only a
few weeks to learn."
There is a law which prohibits giv
ing a license to a moving picture op
erator unless he has had a year's ex
perience in a theater outside of town
or six months' work as a helper in a
The schools, charging $30 to $50,
teach young men how to operate a
motion picture machine, but the stu
dent is still unable to get a license
without six months' or half year
spent in preparation.
So a regular business has sprung
up among some motion picture
school men. For a small sum they
sell to the victim who has spent his
money in learning the operating bus
iness a letter which is supposed to be
from a moving picture man outside of
This letter states that the appli
cant for a license has spent a year
in the writer's moving picture house
as -mi operator. The youth who has
paid out tuition money, if the letter
passes muster, gets a license and can
go to work.
C. K. Cregier of the city electri
cian's office, who examines applicants
1 for licenses, first noticed something
queer about the letters stating the
anftiicant had a vear's operating work
in an unheard-of place. He question
ed some of the boys whd came for a
permit to work.
Then the scheme to fool the city
into giving licenses, playing right into
the hands of motion picture schools,
was unearthed. Many schools, sev-
t eral of good reputation, were shown
up as aiding graft and deception.
Affidavits show cases where heads
of motion picture schools deliberately
wrote out letters purported to come
from moving picture show owners.
They wrote out form letters and had
the applicants Bend them to out-of-town
friends who would copy and re
turn them through the mails. They
had it framed with picture show men
of this city to write that students had
worked in their theaters for sis
months, Miller says.
ARMENIANS DRIVEN CLEAR OFF
New York, Oct 2.-1,000,000 Ar
menians have been deported and the
number massacred will run far into
thousands, according to a letter made
public today by American Armenian
"It is a verified fact," said the let
ter, "that no Armenian is left in many
parts of the villayets of Erzerum, Si
vas, Harput, Bitlis and Trebizond.
r One group of 1,800 young Arme
nian men were butchered in one lot,
the letter states. Turkish troops hava
taken practically all young women,
while the old women and children
were thrown into the Euphrates river.
BIG CARNIVAL ON
Northwest Side residents are going
to have a "dickens of a time" for the
next week. The Northwest Business
men's ass'n is holding its annual
"booster week." There will be free
movies, colored fire, searchlights,!
bands, and all of the stores will be
open until 9 o'clock.
Storekeepers who are members of
the association have promised to give
1 per cent of their total sales to char
ity. The amount will be made public
at the end of the carnival.
C. Boselere, 217 E. Ontario, camo
into Harrison st police station attir
ed in barrel. Said he went to room
with girl and she stole his pants and