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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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congress before settling our dispute
over the May 30 date," President
Reid said over the long distance tele
phone. v"There is a possibility that
the government in the national crisis
may need -the servicesSf all the race
drivers and mechanicians, either for
aviation schools or for assisting in
mobilization, and may wish to use
the speedways for military training
camps. Under such conditions au
tomobile races will be out of the
, question, and it is our wish to co-operate
with the government and do
all in our power to assist in Amer
ica's defense."
New York, March 29. Police fer
rets are at work in the tearoom hot
houses of Broadway's Gay White
Way today seeking out and cata
loguing "tango-lizards."
Thus far they have found 76;
sleek, slender, immaculately tailored,
pasty faced, efliminate and ennuied
youths, who leech a luxurious liveli
hood from dance-crazy, middle-aged
married women who dupe their hus
bands as Mrs. Elsie Hilar duped hers.
Mrs. Hilar was found strangled in a
downtown hoteL
These devils of the dance are a
new type, distinctively the product
of the big city's hothouse gaiety.
Hundreds of them are employed by
hotels and cafes to cater to the pas
sion for excitement of married wom
en past the bloom of youth.
Any one with a mind to may see
them at work. In the big, Oriental
and tropical garden-like tearooms
they "snare" their prey, the "tango
bugs" who jump out of bed in the
morning, get their husband's break
fast, kiss them good bye, put the
house in order and hurry away afoot,
in street cars and in limousines, to
spend the afternoon dancing and
hurry home before dinner in the eve
ning. "The lizards" are not to be arrest
ed. But they are known to the po
lice; and some of them are said to
have most unsavory former records.
Many of them, the police say, were
recruited to "lizardy" from the ranks
of poolroom hangers-on, race track
touts and petty criminals.
So perfect has- become the "sys
tem" between the married women
and the tea dansant boys that they ,
have evolved a secret code. Any pi
woman who hasn't definitely chosen Vt
her favorite "lizard" has only to ap
pear at any White Way tearoom
wearing a gardenia to be assured the
attention of legions of them.
Regularly employed "lizards" are
forbidden to remain and talk, to their
"bug" after the dance Is concluded
unless she indicates a desire for conversation.
Partly owing to lack of water
pressure in Austin, St Catharine's
Ronian Catholic church, Washington
blvd. and Parkside, was destroyed by
fire last night
Flames were discovered In the bel
fry about 7:50, and at 8:30 the fire
had gained great headway. Fire de
partment was handicapped greatly
by lack of water pressure. For some
time streams would not reach the
second story of the church.
Home of Frank X. Mudd, 48 Park
side av and the .parish house were
damaged. High wind fanned the
The Rev. J. B. Bowen was ill in the
parish house and was assisted to St
Catharine's academy, a few blocks
away. Loss $70,000.
o o
Donald M. Ryerson, 32 Bellevue -pi.,
announced plans o join naval
auxiliary as uumiuauuei ui a suusb
submarine chaser in event of war
with Germany.
Submarine-chaser training classes
were held at the Chicago Yacht club
under auspices of Chicago Yacht- '
man's Naval Auxiliary; "

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