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'CALLS CENSORSHIP OF MOVIES
ONE HUGE JOKE
Roy D. Keehn, lawyer for Essanay"
film company, told council judiciary
committee today that in effect the
board of censors oveF movie films
is a joke and has no standing in law.
He read from the state laws of Illi
nois to show that Chief Healey is the
only official authorized to run any
censor business. And he read U. S.
supreme court decisions to show that
Funkhouser as second deputy super
intendent of police is in teh same po
sitionas the commissioner of lands
is to the sec'y of the interior.
Chief Healey is boss over what
will or won't run in the movie hous
es and Funkhouser is a secretary or
a messenger boy and Chief Healey
can kick over anything Funkhouser
does ana the law is with Chief Heal
ey, according to Att'k Keehn.
Koehn admitted under questions
from Aid. Buck that he is attorney
for Hearst's Examiner. Letters were
read by Keehn in which George
Clark, city editor Herald, L. Stanton,
managing editor Examiner, Ashton
Stevens, drama critic Examiner, Rev.
John Brushingham, and Chars. Mich
aelson, scenario director Essaney
Co., all say "The Little Girl Next
Door" is a clean film and ought to
show. Hichaelson and Clark, Keehn
said when questioned, are former
Judiciary committee is working on
an ordinance to cinch Major Funk
houser's place legally. Some alder
men don't like the way Mayor
Thompson tok away from Funkhous
er all censoring powers over "The
Little Girl Next Door." The mayor's
special censors for this film were
Chief Healey, Comptroller Pike and
Mrs. Pike, Rev. Brushingham and a
committee from Brushingham's
church, Keehn stated.
"I have here the published adver
tising bulletin of a film caled 'Vir
tru, ' and passed by Major Funk
houser," said Keehn. "It shows dis
orderly scenes-in a house of prosti
tution more extreme than 'The Little
Girl Next Door.'
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'ORPET DENIES CELL VISIT FROM
Will Orpet today branded as a lie
the story published in the Chicago
Tribune that Miss Celeste Youker,. j
his second sweetheart, yesterday
visited hint in his cell in the, Wauke
Orpet's attorney declared that
Miss Youker nor any other woman
but the lad's mother had ever visited
the accused in the jail.
- The Tribune story had Miss You
ker visit Orpet, kiss him through the '
cell bars and pledge her love and
belief in his innocence. It was ac
companied by a picture showing Or
pet looking from his old love, Marian J
Lambert, with -hope to the new, Miss
Judge Donnelly does not think the
letters written by Miss Youker .to Or-
pet should be read in court
"They are lull of sentiment and .
endearment," said Judge Donnelly.
"The girl pours out ier heart in
them, and I don't thfnk such person- " I
al letters should be read by anyone
but the sweetheart to whom they .
GE.RMANS BELIEVE CAPTURE
OF VERDUN IS CERTAIJJ
Berlin, May 20. Germans regard
the fall of Verdun as one of the cer-,
tainties of the war. They have, how
ever, no extravagant ideas that the
taking of the French citadel will re
sult in the collapse of the allies.
Despite anonuncements from Paris .v
and London that the German often
sive at Verdun has ended definitely in
defeat, the German lines continue to
draw more tightly about the fortress.
Lillian and Grace Collins, arrested
in connection with shooting of Chas. ' "
KiRuus.ana Stewart moss, deny they
knew men or know anvthinsr of the '.
shoqtinz. . .