1911 Order

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The Order of Things in 1911

(from the East St. Louis Truth)

 

The owner of the lot upon which the "Hookey House" is located makes regular payments to City Hall to rent the premises for immoral purposes. The landlady (madam) must also pay a regular stipend to officials. Anywhere from 100 to 200 girls are arrested weekly - usually Saturday nights. To avoid staying in jail two nights and one day, each girl's "best fellow" pays $4.85 for which the case can readily be closed if settled with cash. After the girl is released she returns to her respective Hookey House and continues to ply her trade until she is required to contribute again. In this manner, law enforcement officials are able to give the appearance that they are enforcing the laws against prostitution, while lining their pockets and allowing the practice to continue unabated. At the jail, all misdemeanors can quickly settled for the sum of $4.85 per case. Felonies, frequently including charges of manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, etc., are promptly settled at $9.85 2 case.

Gamblers pay the administration weekly for the privilege to run their robbing joints. Pickpockets, through their "governors," pay by the week or month for leave to rob the people. The proviso here is that they must rob strangers and not the home folk in order, as the "Bosses" say, "to keep down the stink."

Trains and streetcars are worked in manner following, to-wit: Mr. Pickpocket spots and shadows his potential victims on the cars till he gets to the outskirts of the city. He then points them out to two accomplices called "Cannons" who rob the stranger in crowds and jams most frequently getting on and off the cars. One "cannon" obstructs the passageway while the other does the work.. In short, the officers of the city put "cannons" on the streets in return for a monetary consideration.

 

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