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m anadEgnt and pictures the society
queens as ladies who spend their time chasing handsome, young danc ing men while their hubbies are over in another loop joint idling away their time and coin on pretty chorus girls and f emale1 members of a black mail gang. Mrs. Regina Klipper, Philadelphia grass widow, who was shaken down for $500 after an affair with Prank Crocker, a tango swindler, is report ed to have become disgusted with the fizzle of the "$1,000,000 blackmail trust" and to be ready to return to her home and forget the entire bus iness. The Tribune pipe dream and the attitude of Hinton (. Clabaugh is said to be the reason for Mrs. Klip "per. She was induced to sacrifice her reputation and come to Chicago to aid in the prosecution of her al leged swindlers on the representation of Clabaugh that she would be giv ing invaluable aid to the gov't in breaking up an international gang of blackmailers. When she arrived here she found the "organized gang" a creation of the fertile minds of Hinton Clabaugh and reporters for the Tribune. The million-dollar gang turned out to be two shivering pikers with tango habits, who owed room rent and were forced to borrow a dime for cigarettes the other day. Now, with her reputation badly damaged in a vain cause through the exposure of her affair with Crocker, she is said To be willing to throw up her hands and call it quits. Meanwhile the Tritfand the Hearst papers persist in their yellow tales. The latest is that a $60,000 fund has been raised by the band to defend Doc Donohue and Harry Russell, now being held in the County jail for their alleged participation in the Klipper affair. So far Doflohue and Russell haven't been able to raise the price oi a bondsman. Arlvlp.p.s from Wash inert on onntain the information that A. Bruce Biela- I ski, chief of the investigation bureau of the dep't of justice, is trying to' repair the government's case on or ganized band of tango swindlers. The gov't case was given a severe set- back by the premature explosion of the story by Hinton G. Clabaugh and the Chicago Tribune. The gang caught in Chicago is not seriously considered as part of the syndicate that has been fleecing, so-" ciety leaders throughout the country, although they may have been ac quainted. - The "U. S. probe is now directed at the band headed by George and "Dandy BUI" Butter, George Irwin and "Rat" Turbelon, now serving time in the federal prison at Atlanta, Ga., for the swindling of rich wom en. Here are the cases under inves tigation by Bielaski: xx The $38,000 shakedown of "Mrs. Finley of Baltimore," who fell in love with a dancing crook. The story of a Pennsylvania con- gr'essman who "fell" for a beautiful female member of the band he met in Peacock alley at the Congress ho tel during the Republican national convention. He is supposed to have paid $8,000 to avoid publicity. The Philadelphia judge who gave up $20,000 rather than have his affair with a woman shown up. . t The Philadelphia clubman who was fleeced for$2,000 after an affair that involved violation of the Mann act. The case of two Chicago society women, married, who were fascinat- . ed by handsome young dancing men, who picked ttfem up at a Michigan boulevard tea dance and were shaken down under threat of exposing thenu to their husbands. " . The case of wealthy North Side manufacturer, married- and the fa ther of two children, who was shaken down after an affair with a woman he met in a loop cafe. Doc Donohue and Harry Russell, held in the Regina Khpper case, have so ar ,saled to turnish bonds and are still in the County jail.