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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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loonkeeper loses his license for vio
lating the Sunday law it will not be
restored by me to the same person.
I've tried my best to enforce the1 law,
but at the dame time I've tried to be
fair. I realized there were a great
many foreign saloonkeepers who lid
not quite understand the law and I
made allowances for them. But from
now on misunderstanding of the law
will not be accepted as an excuse. In
other cases I've tried to be lenient
and I've restored many licenses when
the owners gave reasonable excuses.
But all offenders must suffer the con
sequences begining next Sunday.
"Chief Healey has told me that
crime has been greatly decreased
since the law went into effect There
used to be between four and five
hundred complaints to the police on
Sunday nights before the law was
enforced. Now there are between 90
and 150 complaints.
"Health Com'r Robertson has re
ported to me that he has been-suc-
cessful in curbing tuberculosis since
I enforced the law. In the old days,
after a man worked hard all week,
instead of resting on Sunday and re
covering his strength for the coming
week, he sat around saloons "all
Sunday getting a lot of alcohol into
his system. Then when some sick
ness attacked him he 'did not have
the constitution to fight it and tuber
culosis set in. The Sunday night ac
cidents and brawls have been de
creased. The County hospital used
to be busy Sunday nights taking"
care of people injured Sn drunken
fights. That's all done away with.
"Big Business men have told me
the law was'a good thing because
they are getting more work out of
their men now. Before the law went
into effect many workingmen used
to report on Monday mornings in a
groggy condition and unable to do a
proper day's work.
"If the entertainment found in
cabarets and saloons is the best en
tertainment to be-found on Sundays
' it's time the city got husy and
provided the people with some more
opportunities for pleasure. But I
think that our playgrounds, beaches
and parks offer "more entertainment
than the saloons.
"As far as I am concerned, there
will be no change iff the situation. I
am going to enforce the law as long
as it remains on the statute books.
And, personally, I don't believe the
legislature will change the law."
The mayor admitted that the story
printed in The Day Book two weeks
ago concerning the proposition of
the liquor dealers to have a referen
dum vote to -open saloons at 1 p. m.
Sundays was correct
"But that wouldn't do any good,"
he said. "A referendum Tote can't
change a state law."
"Will your friends in the legisla
ture work for home rule?" he was
"I don't know," he answered. "I'm
for home rule for Chicago on every
thing, including public utilities. If
we get home rule the people can take
a referendum vote if they want -to,
but I will take no part in it. I am
through worrying about it"
Politicians believe the -mayor Is
"getting out from under" ,through
fear of a pre-pnmary attack by the
Trib, Herald and Daily News. His
announced decision concerning Sun
day violatoss was made, it became
known, after a, long conference with
his political advisers.
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Rosewood movie house, '1823
Montrose av. attacked by fire today.
Firemen found forty seats in flames.
Claimed to have been saturated witlT
oil. Mystery. A. Schwartz, owner,
and Mrs. Mary Rickerts, manager,
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Mrs. Maggie Mysliwic, 24, 1651
Paulina, tried suicide today. Leaped
in Lincoln park lagoon. Rescued.
Taken to Columbus hospital. Will
recover.' Domestic troubles blamed,

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