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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 18, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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Besides the regular cabaret girls
for singing and dancing and tickling
bald-headed .customers under the
chin, the Hotel ""Morrison has had
from 20 to 30 other girls working at
earning their living another way, ac
cording to an affidavit which has
done to city officials from Dimiti
Joanowici, former head waiter of tin.
"My orders frqm Harry Moir, the
manager, were that when these girls
failed to pay for their drinks it was
my business to 0. K. their checks,"
said Joanowici to a Day Book re
porter. "The girls roomed at the
hotel and came to work late after
noons and evenings.
"They sat at tables eating and
drinking and keeping their eye out
for any man who was lonely and
looking for company. They were not
loud in their behavior except some
times toward midnight, and in the
early hours of morning when some of
them hacfplenty of drinks they would
cut up lively."
Connections of-Harry Moir, man
ager of Hotel Morrison, with the po
lice and with City Hall have been
much discussed since Miss Ruth
Crist, a 20-year-old runaway girl
from Zanesville, 0., answered the
charge o soliciting by a statement in
morals court that drinks were sold In
Moir's place till 4 o'clock in the morn
ing and the going is fast Before the
Crist case is ended the Joanowici affi
davit may play a part in court
Joanowici says he used to be head
waiter in the Ritz-Carlton in London
and he went to work for Moir after
serving as a captain of waiters in the
Congress hotel cafe and in the Col
lege Inn. He said: ,
"I thought perhaps Mr. Moir was
not aware of the improper behavior
of many of the guests, especially in
the early morning hours. I expected
when I renorted conditions to him he
ould tell me to tone down the be 1
havior of the guests because it might
hurt the reputation of the place. In
stead of being alarmed, Mr. Moir told
me he wasn't running a Sunday
" 'Let them go as far as they like,'
he said. 'Let any good looking girl
work here if she brings in plenty of
'Don't be afraid of the police;
are a bunch of cattle,' was Mr.
s remark when I expressed a
o. i that we were going too far."
These statements of Joanowici
have all been put into his affidavit
Its main points about late drinking
and orgies at the Fox Trpt club in
Hotel Morrison are backed by the affi
davit of Mrs. Cecelia B. Wilcox of
5101 Kenwood, a Thompson political
worker authorized as a morals in
spector, without pay. She resigned
last week because her . report was
flagged, ditched and suppressed in
City Hall pigeon holes. The further
she went among department-officials
trying to find blame for no action the
more of passing the buck she met
It looked desperate. She resigned.
Since these charges that Harry
Moir is. a favorite of the police were
made last week, Capt Morgan Collins
has for the first time since Chief
Healey placed him in charge of the
loop district personally been in mor
als court pushing prosecution of loop
hotel as an assignation house.
The case of Ruth Crist is on the
morals court calendar for Jan. 19. It
has special interest because it in
volves Hotel Morrison and Harry
Moir, a leading member of the Illi
nois Manufacturers' ass'n, Associa
tion of Commerce and Restaurant
Keeper' ass'n.
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23d ward branch of the Public
Ownership league of Cook county
will meet, Wednesday eve., Jan. 19,
8tp. m at Lincoln Turner hall, 1923
Diversey pkwy. Speakers: Aid. Ken
nedy. "Teachers' Federation"; Aid.
Merriam, "Telephone Situation," and
Aid. Kiellander.

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