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GIRLS WARNED AGAINST LOOP SLAVE GANG
WARRANT FOR BOSTON STORE SODA CLERK
"Anv mother who values the wel
fare of her girl would not allow her to
work in a loopaepartment store.
They are not safe," declared Ass't
State's Att'y Rob't Hogan today. Ho
gan, in the juvenile court, uncovered
a white slave gang which lured al
most a dozen store girls since Novem
ber. "Most loop sales girls are too
young. They are tempted too much
by things they see and people they
meet I want to warn mothers now.
"The cheaper stores are worse than
the so-called higher class ones, but
they are all bad for a girl who can be
tempted by fine clothes, money or a
"The Fair and Siegel-Cooper's have
figured in several of our delinquent
girl cases recently. But the Boston
Store has contained the most per
nicious white slave gang that we have
discovered in years.
"Every girl of the half dozen that
was brought into the juvenile court
told the same disheartening story.
She wanted clothes, pretty things
and money to spend.
"When all these were offered her
she took them. The price she paid
was a dear one; the punishment bit
ter. "Every mother whose girl works
on State street will say: 'Not my
girl. Oh, I don't worry about her.
She couldn't go wrong." But the
mother of every girl caught in the
vise of the slaving gang which we
have cornered thought the same
"One mother grew suspicious of
her girl when she started staying out
nights. The girl worked in the Bos
ton Store. When we took her into
my office she told us what happened
to her. Not until then did this trust
ing mother imagine what the Boston
Store job had cost her.
"She met a male creature through
another older girl clerk in the store.
"A meeting was arranged with a
couple of fellows in a cabaret The
girl 'ate, drank and danced and the
work of the plotters was easy. After
she had fallen for the first time every
one of the six men in the bunch pos
sessed her. Then she was passed
along to another swell crowd, which
hired rooms by the week in the Sara
toga hotel just for store girls.
"This girl told us the names of the
whole bunch. We arrested three fel
lows and swore- out warrants for
three more. One of these, Julius Levy
of 3851 W. 13th st, went to the Bride
well for a year. The other two ar
rested were indicted and are held in
"Six girls, all former State street
shop girls who had slipped down the
same path with the first girl, were
taken into custody. We are trying to
give them a chance where they are
sure to get one.
"The latest angle in the case is the
discovery of a fellow who used to ar
range some of the dates for the girls
who succumbed to the temptations
they met while working behind coun
ters. "We "have a warrant out for him.
He was a soda fountain clerk in the
Boston Store, and when the girls
came to buy from him he told them
of fellows who would 'like to mfiet
them some night.'
"With his arrest and the prosecu
tion of those the police are now after,
this gang will be wiped out of exist
ence. But while conditions are the
same, other bunches can work with
ease along State Btreet"
FIVE KILLED IN EXPLOSION
Syracuse, N. Y., Feb. 19. Officials
of Semet-Solvay Company unable to
.account for explosion at Split Rock
plant last night when 5 men were
killed and 5 others seriously injured.
No indication that the explosion was
work of alien agenta