Chicago Tribune

LACK CASH FOR VICE INQUIRY
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Men Appointed by Mayor to Investigate Hampered at Start.
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PROBLEM TO OBTAIN FUNDS
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Dr. Willett, However, Believes Valuable Work Will Be Accomplished.
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Lack of funds imperils the success of the committee of thirty appointed by Mayor Busse to investigate vice conditions in Chicago and to recommend comprehensive remedial legislation.

It developed yesterday that, although the commission has been in existence more than a month, no money for its investigations and other necessary work has been provided, and none is in sight, either from public or private sources.

Problem to Be Discussed

Dean Sumner of SS Peter and Paulís cathedral, chairman of the commission, is in the east. On his return in a few days a meeting will be called to consider the financial and other problems in the undertaking.

No investigators have been employed, and if funds cannot be obtained the work will be limited to a study of the sociological phases and to an attempt to agree upon a remedial program. The initial meeting developed a conservative opposition to drastic legislation for immediate elimination of redlight district.

Good Results Are Expected.

"Although we have not funds," said Rev. Herbert L. Willett, who headed the delegation of ministers on whose plea the commission was named, "I feel sure our work will be accomplished and prove valuable. I am not certain that much personal investigation of conditions will be necessary. Valuable reports, based upon other wide investigation, are already available."

"I feel confident some way will be found to prove financial support," said United States District Attorney Sims. "We might ask an appropriation from the city council or appeal to Mayor Busse to draw on his contingent fund."

Mayor Busse, however, has said he did not think the expenses of the commission should come out of the contingent fund.

 

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