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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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"Squire" Landis made it hot for
some bond sharks yesterday. And
today a number of members of the
bonding ring are feeling th'eneed of.
a change in climate.
yith a true Landis movement the
quiz of the bond evil moved toward
high-ups yesterday. It got as far as
Att'y Bob Clarke, former sec'y to
Lieut-Gov. Barratt O'Hara, before
court adjourned. O'Hara himself
was called to court to tell what he
knew d'bout Clarke and his connec
tions with the bond game as played
in the Criminal Court bldg.
Before Landis finished his seven
hour quiz he made T. M. Curtin, em
ploye of County Treas. Stuckart, ad
mit that he had forged a deed to
make it appear that the property of
his widowed mother belonged to him.
Curtin named Clarke as the one
who had engineered the plot He said
that after they had the use of the
fake deed they signed hundreds of
bonds,, usually for pickpockets.
Courtney Scobell, clerk in the
court Of Judge Rob't Crowe of the
criminal court, specialized in getting
the release of pickpockets and auto
thieves and the property he used in
his work was owned by a negress,
Landis discovered.
Lieut-Gov-: ' O'Hara today tele
graphed Judge Landis thai he knew
nothing of his former secretary's
bonding proclivities. He offered to
come to the city to testify if wanted.
Clarke, a reporter for a Minneap
olis newspaper, denied that he had
pulled -anything wrong in the bond
ing business. He notified Judge
Landis that he was writing a long
letter, explaining everything.
The name of State Senator "George
Harding was again dragged into the
Landis bond quiz. He may be called
as a witness. Others who drew at
tention of Landis were "Hot Stove"
Jimmy Quinn, John F. O'Malley and
State Representative Larry O'Brien, i
They may be asked to testify later.
Judge Landis seems to be aiming
toward proof that the bonding of
pickpockets, stick-up men, con men
and auto thieves is a conpession con
trolled by crooked politics. Some of
the money evidently goes, farther
than Murphy's" saloon, hangout of'
the bonding ring, across from the
Criminal Court bldg.
Between Mayor Thompson arid
City Collector Chas. Forsberg the
New Year's eve lid is clamped down
good and tight. All hopes of several
of the dancing places in the loop and
outlying districts were shattered yes
terday afternoon when Forsberg re
fused to grant special 3 a. m. bar, per
mits. This means that all good times
will have to b'e squeezed in between
12 midnight and 1 a. m., Hew Year's
The application for these special
permits by the Bal Tabarin at the
Hotel Sherman, the S. C. -H. club at
the Kaiserhof', the Berlin Dancing
club at the Bismarck hotel, the
Danse de Chantecler club of. the
Green Mill Gardens, and the Palais
de Danse club at the Bismarck Gar
"den have led to more or less of a
messy affair.
All the'se places were reported to
be running their dances, for educa
tional or charitable purposes espe
cially on this particular night. , Now
the council lidense committee threat
ens 'investigation of the circum
stances surrounding the favorable
recommendation given to the danc
ing clubs by the police dep't. The
mayor and Forsberg declare that in
spite of the police backing they be
lieved the dancing clubs were seek
ing to evade he law.
Chief Healey has issued an order
prohibiting the use of ticklers and .
confetti on the street on New Year's
eve. Police were instructed to" ar
rest violators.

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