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Chicago Tribune -- April 10, 1901Angry Greeks Attack Fellow-Countrymen Police Rescue Four from Crowds at 247 West Polk Street and Lock Them Up, Charged with False Pretenses
The police last night rescued four Greeks from an angry crowd of their fellow-countrymen who were threatening them with violence. The disturbance arose at 247 West Polk Street, where the crowd was besieging John, Theodore, and James Patadopoulos and Theodore's MaLearas. Riot calls were sent in to the Maxwell and Desplaines Street Stations. Two patrol wagons full of policemen were soon on the scene and they succeeded in controlling the people. The Greeks say that the four men gave it out they were representatives of the Union Pacific Railway Company and offered to pay $1.75 a day for laborers in the West. The Greeks then paid $10 each for railroad fare. $3,000 in all, they say, and were demanding the money back.
The four men were locked up in the Maxwell Street Police Station, charged with obtaining money under false pretenses. Lieutenant Ambrose, who assisted in arresting the men said:2
"If the police had not arrived when they did Patadopoulo and MaLearas would certainly have been killed by the angry crowd.
The police last night rescued four Greeks from an angry crowd of their fellow-countrymen who were threatening them with violence. The disturbance arose at 247 West Polk Street, where the ...
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Greek Star -- June 01, 1906Three Thousand Greek Boys in Slavery--An Organized Syndicate--Greek Church Behind the Slavery Movement--Fantastic Stories of the Daily News.
p.1--At whatever cost and by whatever means Greeks and the reputation of Greeks must be abused in order to make news. The Chicago Daily News recently published an article blackening the Greek name so much that not only did Greeks resent it, but many prominent Americans also thought that these fantastic stories were pure vagaries, emanating from the news-hungry mind of a reporter. Greeks make good news-items; hence the fantastic story.
"It has been discovered that a well-organized body of Greeks exists in Chicago of which the object is to exploit Greek boys. Three thousand Greek boys in the city of Chicago are kept as slaves, working for the bosses of the syndicate for only their food and their clothing.2
Prominent members of the Greek community are the heads of the syndicate, and colossal sums of money are spent for the upkeep and the functioning of the slavery syndicate.
"The Greek churches in America tacitly encourage the movement for pecuniary profit; when more boys come to America, the Greek communities are increased, and the Church's income is increased in consequence."
All the Greek clubs in Chicago, all the societies, and the Greek Business Men's Association recently held a meeting attended by representatives of the Church and resolved to petition the United States Government to use its iron hand to uncover the alleged syndicate of exploitation and if it exists to prosecute those who are guilty in the federal courts. They further resolved to request the Daily News, for the good of all concerned, to make public all the facts concerning the so-called organized body of exploitation.3
A reply to these charges was prepared by K. N. Karalopoulos and sent to the Daily News for publication. This reply the paper has published in full.
Mr. Karalopoulos emphatically denied the existence of such an organized syndicate slavery, and pointed out that not only will Greeks appreciate the exposure of the syndicate, but the United States Government will also be assisted by them to the utmost in uncovering this unlawful organization. The Government is more interested than anybody else for the simple reason that if the syndicate really exists, the Government should and will get after it, unearth it, and put an end to it.
As for the participation of prominent Greeks in the alleged syndicate, this is absurd because no prominent Greeks the world over ever stoop so low; it is not in their blood. History tells us that prominent Greeks in order to become and remain prominent have refrained from all practices which would impair their prominence.4
Bloodsucking is not in the Greek's nature. He may, as a human being, have certain weaknesses, but he never permits himself to fall so low as that.
As for the statement that the Greek Orthodox Church, that pillar of granite in Christendom which for centuries has stood out as the symbol of true Christianity, has tacitly encouraged the exploitation of Greek boys in order that the Church may profit financially, it is no less than blasphemy against that holy institution of Christ. Those who know the Greek Church and its rulers will substantiate the statement that it is the holiest institution of Christ on earth. Kings, emperors, czars, and sultans have failed in their endeavors to turn the Greek Church from its right and just course. Bribery and pressure have been used to compel the Greek Church, that pure and true mother of Christianity, to be subservient to the wishes of the various civil rulers in whose territory she has wrought, but her immortal clergy have preferred death to submission to the unchristian designs of tyrants.5
No earthly power, no earthly gain, and no earthly inducement will ever be able to thwart the Greek Church's divine mission. It is really unmanly to attack the Greek Church with accusations so fantastic.
It is an indisputable fact, as official records show, that the Greek Church for ethnological reasons, is not in favor of Greek emigration. But if her communicants wish to go to the four corners of the earth, she, the Church, must go with her subjects to imbue religious, racial, and educational principles in them that this immortal race may survive through the ups and downs of life among this world's varied civilizations.
The allegation that three thousand boys are acting as slaves here in Chicago for the bosses of the syndicate is also silly and incredible. Why, the whole community comprises only eight thousand Greeks, and there are no more than one hundred or one hundred and fifty boys.6
It is true that Greek boys as well as adults are working hard and working through long hours, but work and progress is their middle name. Every month these boys, true to their religious and racial traditions, send home to their parents a certain portion of their earnings. Every Greek boy who comes to America is under the immediate supervision of a parent, a relative, or a friend of the boy's family. We have no stray youngsters to be picked up and lured into a syndicate of any kind. If the alleged organized body of exploitation really exists, then a parent, a brother, a relative, or a friend of every boy in it is connected with the syndicate to bleed the youngsters. But where do the great sums of money sent to Greece every month come from if the boys were kept in slavery and receive only food and clothing? Absurd, illogical, and pure fabrication!
The only truth which this fantastic story contains is the fact that Greeks, old and young, work hard for many hours each day in order to accomplish their object. That is in accordance with divine law; nothing worth while can be accomplished without a struggle. And the Greek immigrant, who as a rule lacks experience in any trade and does not speak the language of the land and yet is determined to become somebody 7in this, his new country, of necessity must work to compete with others who have the advantage of him. Work, hard work, and plenty of it to achieve his object is what every boy is taught before he leaves his home for America.
The writer of the exploitation story might have avoided much exasperation, misunderstanding, mud-slinging, and abuse if he had honestly investigated the facts concerning the so-called syndicate of exploitation, which is a myth.
We request the Daily News and the law enforcing agencies of this country to delve into these allegations and to bring out the truth. And after so doing they should then render justice to the accused Greeks and to the Greek name; and the blasphemous charges uttered against the Greek Orthodox Church should be withdrawn.
p.1--At whatever cost and by whatever means Greeks and the reputation of Greeks must be abused in order to make news. The Chicago Daily News recently published an article blackening ...
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Greek Star -- June 28, 1907The Greeks Again The Journal and the Tribune Ring the Bell of Alarm. (Editorial)
Either the Greeks have an abundance of rascality or some of the accusations against them are absolutely unfounded.
The Greeks are to the forefront again.
With vivid colors the Journal and the Tribune, in spicy articles for gossip and for hatred against the Greeks ring the bell of alarm in regards to a Greek slavery ring which brings into this country young Greek boys to work for the bosses, for only a few pennies.
According to these colorful articles Chicago is the headquarters of the 2Greek ring.
Of course, Greeks make news, hence the painted articles of the slavery ring. And in order to make a good picture of it all, Greeks in general are painted with brilliant colors of rascality, unlawfulness, trickery and what not.
The Star, as a guardian of the Greeks in America and as a journalistic duty, has deemed it advisable to investigate these new charges against the Greeks. Our reporters have brought back authentic and official reports of the alleged slavery ring.
From the Federal officials our reporters learned that the United States government has called a number of Greek business men to interrogate them in regards to the status of the young boys under their employ. The government wants to know who brought the youngsters here, and what their 3compensation is for the work they do. After a detailed examination the government has made it known to them that god-father and father is not one and the same thing, and in the future they must state clearly when they receive young boys, whether, they are the fathers of the boys or the god-fathers, as the case may be.
From this we deduct that some of the young arrivals were not received by their fathers as the papers show, but by their god-fathers.
Suspicion was aroused when four boys of different names and appearances were received by an alleged father.
The second report came from Hon. Dr. N. Salopoulos, Chicago Greek Consul-General, who has called hundreds of Greek business men to the Consulate and advised them to pay their employed boys by the week, or by the month, and not by the year as a few of them were accustomed to do.4
In each of these two reports our reporters have not been successful in getting any names, from the government or from the Greek Consul.
And here are the real facts of the gigantic Greek slavery ring, with its headquarters in Chicago, which the city press has blazoned in big letters.
Well, for the time being, the Greeks will be left alone until some other reporters unearth a Greek conspiracy, to capture the White House, and declare dominion over the whole country.
As Journalism is a complicated thing, no one can predict what those "devil Greeks" will be up to next time. But it will not be long before their rascality will be heralded again in the press. We have said before, "Greeks make news" therefore, the Star is awaiting the next necessity for refutation of accusations against the Greeks.
Either the Greeks have an abundance of rascality or some of the accusations against them are absolutely unfounded. The Greeks are to the forefront again. With vivid colors the Journal ...
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Greek Star -- July 12, 1907The White-Slave Traffic (Editorial)
Despite the efforts of the clean Greek press in the United States, especially in Chicago, to fight and crush the evil of white-slave traffic, no important result has been achieved. This disgraceful state of affairs has been going on, and will continue to go on, as long as there are such low Greek characters in our midst. But the hour has come when the powerful hand of Uncle Sam will undertake to exterminate them. Before long, we shall see the atmosphere cleared and society rid of those who dishonor the Greek name by engaging in white-slave traffic.
If this despicable business merely involved Greek merchants of white slaves and their victims, with only the Greek people knowing about the traffic the thing would not be so bad. To the disgrace of our people here in Chicago, 2however, the situation has become known to the American newspapers, and through them to the public.
Last week, The Chicago Journal published an entire article denouncing white slavery. On the day before yesterday The Inter-Ocean bitterly condemned this criminal tendency and at the same time announced that a member of our nationality George Antonopoulos, had been fined one hundred dollars. The same paper writes that Federal indictments have been issued against two Chicago Greeks, one of whom, the said Antonopoulos, has pleaded guilty and will be used as a witness in other cases. The other man is in the brokerage business, and is a labor agent for Greek immigrants who have been aided in securing illegal entry into the United States.
The articles in these newspapers were a slap in the face and an affront to all the Greeks of Chicago. Many had been asking the name of the second man, which was not divulged by the police, apparently because they were not sure 3of his identity. But soon, when federal officers searched the Greek quarter for a cigar dealer and a labor-hiring agent named Soterios Bousoulas, who is a partner of an Athenian merchant named Eustathios Karavelis, there was no doubt as to who was the ring leader of many criminal activities in the Greek quarter.
The indictments preferred against Bousoulas are two: 1) that he brought dependent aliens into the United States in violation of the immigration laws; and 2) that he attempted to exploit these aliens in the labor market.
We obtained a copy of the indictment charge from the bulletin of the court, in which the name of one of Bousoulas' victims, Anastasios Nosopoulos, appears. We are wondering how Bousoulas could be so stupid as to think that he could elude and deceive the immigration authorities of the United States.4
Bousoulas was not thrown into jail because some one offered to post a two-thousand-dollar bond for his freedom. However, he must appear in Federal court on the thirteenth of this month and give an account of his crime. We are sure that his defense will abound in forged certificates and perjured statements.
Several witnesses have been examined thus far, among whom being Messrs Kokinis, Papakostas, and Koutoumanos.
The defendant must now sit on the witness stand and face Uncle Sam with a trembling voice and a fearful heart. Regardless of whether he is convicted or not, the whole case is a blemish and a stigma on the Greek name. We cannot see why the Greek name should be disgraced because of one, two, or even five white-slave dealers.
The greatest enemy of our people in America is this white-slave traffic.5
Some miserable Greeks are earning their daily bread with the sweat of Greek labor, while at the same time our people are unjustly brought into disrepute. Our prayer would be answered if the heavy hand of justice fell on those criminals who have done so much harm to the Greek people.
Mr. Alcibiades Sarafis, a Greek who represented the United States Government in this case, is to be congratulated for performing his duties so admirably, and for enforcing the laws of the Federal Government and the State in an impartial spirit.
Despite the efforts of the clean Greek press in the United States, especially in Chicago, to fight and crush the evil of white-slave traffic, no important result has been achieved. ...
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Greek Star -- July 26, 1907Labor Smuggling in Chicago United States Government to Prosecute This Infernal Practice (Editorial)
The police authorities of Chicago have started a widespread and intensive campaign against the smuggling of laborers. We are sorry to say that there are numerous Greeks who have been smuggling men from Greece into the United States. The Star has written many articles condemning this practice. We are now informed that quite a few suspects in our community are being arrested and questioned by the police. Let us hope that the leaders of this labor-smuggling ring will not escape justice and severe punishment.
The Record-Herald, one of the most prominent newspapers of Chicago, wrote in its July 17 issue that many Greeks are disgracing their law-abiding countrymen of Chicago by their participation in the smuggling trade.2
Unfortunately, there are many otherwise respectable members of this community who are encouraging these criminals.
The American press has begun a campaign against our people which is far from flattering. It reports that the Federal Government is now waging an uncompromising war against all smugglers of Greek laborers. The owners of Greek shoeshine parlors, confectionary stores, and restaurants are bringing young Greek boys to America, particularly to Chicago, and are holding them as slaves in their places of business for one or two years, until these boys have paid the fare which was advanced to bring them here.
Mr. Simms, the District Attorney of Chicago, and the United States Immigration Bureau have come into possession of evidence involving quite a number of Chicago Greeks in the smuggling traffic. Federal officers will soon serve these individuals with warrants for their arrest. Besides this evidence, Mr. Alcibiadis Sarafis, an inspector of the United States Immigration Service, has collected additional evidence and has been ordered to conduct the preliminary hearings for 3the Federal Government.
On August 2, the entire smuggling ring and its activities will be exposed before the grand jury. Mr. Sarafis' evidence proves that a certain Greek, a cigar dealer on Halsted Street in the Greek quarter, has a partner in Greece who approaches the young, innocent boys of poor Greek villagers and farmers, promising them that great riches await them in America, the new El Dorado.
When this smuggling agent in Athens sees that a certain young man's imagination is sufficiently fired with eagerness to seek a great fortune in the New World, he persuades the farmer to mortage his property to him in order to pay for the boy's ticket to America. But before the young fellow leaves Greece he is told to meet the other agent and trafficker in Chicago as soon as he arrives in America. A certain Eustathios Karavelis is the Athens agent with offices at 10 Lycurgus Street; other offices are in Chicago and Salt Lake City.
This is the method by which the smuggling business is conducted. Sufficient 4light has been cast on the secrets of the smuggling trade to enable the Greek Government and Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Lycourezos of Athens, to take immediate action.
The hand of American justice cannot reach Greek soil. The authorities in Greece must complete the extermination of these criminals as a mark of respect for the laws of the United States and as a means of safeguarding ourselves against any further disgraceful attacks.
In examining this whole case, The Record-Herald of Chicago says, "As soon as the young boy falls into the hands of the smuggler, he must work for one year, or until the mortgage on the father's property in Greece has been paid off. Usually, the mortgage does not exceed the price of the ticket, which amounts to about $300. During this period of forced labor, however, the boys are ill-clad ill-fed, and sleep under the most unsanitary conditions.
"When the boy is finally freed, he is given no money by the wicked smuggler, and 5he is thus forced to roam the streets naked and suffering the pangs of hunger."
It is well known by now that the Chicago agent for this smuggling and enslavement of white labor is a cigar dealer and steamship ticket agent by the name of Soterios Bousoulas. We have already reported that he was arrested but freed on bail of $2,000.
One of our colleagues thinks that this notorious character is a credit to our people. Let us wait and see what the verdict of Judge Landis' court will be after the trial of this famous trafficker. Perhaps the judge will accord him the proper honors!
The police authorities of Chicago have started a widespread and intensive campaign against the smuggling of laborers. We are sorry to say that there are numerous Greeks who have been ...
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Greek Star -- November 27, 1908[American Public Officials Slandered] (Editorial)
Quite a few influential and important Greeks in Chicago have dared to direct vindictive attacks and calumnies against American public officials without proper or reasonable justification. We regret that we must reproach some impertinent and loose-tongued fellow countrymen for acts which place us in a most unfavorable position before the American public.
The respect and honor in which the Greek people of Chicago hold the American officials and our American friends in general should remain high. Our sense of gratitude impose on us that duty for the many benefits and blessings which have been extended us. In the November 18 issue of the Loxias, a Greek satirical weekly published in this city, we note with indignation an unjust and unwarranted attack on Mr. A. A. Seraphic, United States inspector in charge of 2ports in this state, and a special investigating officer of the Bureau of Immigration. A lie has been resorted to by a clique of Greeks, actuated by vindictiveness, because they were brought to justice by Mr. Seraphic and convicted by the Federal courts here for violations of the immigration laws. The editor of the Loxias was induced to seize upon this lie as a pretext to justify the attack. The lie referred to states that Mr. Seraphic was present at the Greek meeting at the Chicago Masonic Temple to influence votes in behalf of the party headed by the gentleman who is now president of the Greek community of Chicago, as well as president of the Panhellenic Union or League of all Greek communities throughout the United States. That, while there, Mr. Seraphic applauded the party referred to and that such action is, in the mind of the editor of Loxias, a crime of partisanship and as such is brought to the attention of His Excellency, the President of the United States, with a rather conspicuous heading in English.
For our part, we are ashamed of the stupidity and ignorance displayed by the 3man who poses as an editor of a Greek publication. The said meeting took place on November 13, at 9 P. M., for the purpose of designating a committee to supervise the election of officers at a later date. We are in a position to know that although Mr. Seraphic happened to be present at this meeting, the insinuation is untrue, as Mr. Seraphic is in no way connected with the affairs of our community and does not interfere in our factional fights.
We know from Mr. Georgopoulos, who is connected with the office of the chief of police of Chicago, that Mr. Seraphic called at the Masonic Temple by appointment to meet him, regarding some information desired. We also know that Mr. Georgopoulos was late, and Mr. Seraphic took a seat near the entrance to the hall on the side occupied by the constituency of the incumbent president. We know, from reputable Greeks who sat by his side that he did not applaud. He left just after he saw Mr. Georgopoulos. These are facts and not fabrications. But, were the fabrications appearing in the Loxias facts, Mr. Seraphic would have been perfectly free and at liberty to exercise his rights, that is, rights 4that inhere to American citizenship, of which evidently the editor of the Loxias is utterly ignorant.
If the faction supported by Loxias was ignored in that meeting, it was for other reasons and not because of the presence of Mr. Seraphic in the opposition. Mr. Seraphic is highly esteemed and respected by all law abiding Greeks here and throughout the United States. He does honor to his nationality and we are proud of him. [Translator's note: Mr. Seraphic is of American and Greek parentage.] None but the lawbreakers fear him and the inference drawn from the statements of Loxias is an insult to the Greeks of Chicago. We know that all Greeks who attended that meeting and brought about the results are law-abiding, intelligent, and successful businessmen who fear nobody.
The Greek Star has known Mr. Seraphic for years, and it respects his record with the government and also with the Greeks. We have found him to be a perfect gentleman in every respect, and a man faithfully performing his duties; 5therefore, we take pleasure in publishing this article, not only to contradict what was published in said paper, but to say, even to the English-speaking public, that Mr. Seraphic does a great honor to the Greeks in the United States, and enjoys the love and respect of all respectable Greeks from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Peter S. Lambros
Editor of The Greek Star.
Quite a few influential and important Greeks in Chicago have dared to direct vindictive attacks and calumnies against American public officials without proper or reasonable justification. We regret that we ...
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Loxias -- January 06, 1909[Vandalism]
As we all know, the basement of Trinity Church was burned some time ago. Such vandalism should not go unpunished. We strongly suspect the Palamidis community of such doings. They think they are in the mountains of the Balkan region where lawlessness goes unpunished.
These persons should be sent to jail so they would have plenty of time to meditate on their sins.
As we all know, the basement of Trinity Church was burned some time ago. Such vandalism should not go unpunished. We strongly suspect the Palamidis community of such doings. They ...
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Loxias -- May 20, 1909Lottery Must Be Stopped
P. 1.- Last Sunday the Chicago Record-Herald, an American newspaper, had an article dealing with the sale of lottery tickets by the Greek government to build a Navy. It is said that a man who has many dealings with the Greeks on Halsted street, asserted that over $200,000 has left the United States for Greece and her Navy. The Greek newspapers, it is said, come through the United States mail and are violating one of the most important rules of the Post-office.
Every Greek must remember that although we are strangers in a strange land, we must abide by the rules and regulations which govern this country. We must always be truthful and honest, but we needn't go out of our way to do it, as Someone who reported that there was a "racket" among the Greeks on South Water Market and $200,000 in lottery tickets have left the country.2
This Mr. Someone has been grossly misinformed. Where could these uneducated, ignorant, Greeks find $200,000 in their short time in this country? Miracles such as these cannot be performed every day.
The reporters are very dumb because it can easily be seen that if we did have that much money, we would build schools and churches, not send it to the mother country which we left behind.
Greeks are not interested in gambling of this sort. If this "racket" was as big as it is said to be, the police would have known about it and done something. It would not be necessary for a Mr. Someone to tell the government.
We are aware that such lotteries are conducted in Athens and advertised in Greek newspapers, but that is as far as we go. It is an insult to the Greek nationality in Chicago to have such articles printed!
P. 1.- Last Sunday the Chicago Record-Herald, an American newspaper, had an article dealing with the sale of lottery tickets by the Greek government to build a Navy. It is ...
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Saloniki-Greek Press -- November 15, 1913The White-Slave Traffic (Editorial)
White-slave traffic is a social tragedy.
White-slave traffic is trade in the gutter. We are dealing with this subject in a rather comprehensive way because Saloniki is issued too infrequently to enlighten the public more fully.
The term "white slavery" was first used in London, England; it referred to the transporting of young women abroad for commercial purposes. Today, the term has lost its original meaning and is applied both to those girls who are corrupted forcibly and to those Magdalenes who are living in sin.
The city of Chicago has begun to hunt down and relentlessly prosecute those who are responsible for this grave social evil. The moral corruption of most of our young girls is attributed 1) to the lack of a proper home environment; 2) to the 2lack of a Christian education; 3) to luxurious living; 4) to obscene motion pictures; 5) to disrespect for married life; 6) to the avoidance of child-bearing; 7) to the operators of houses of prostitution. This disease is like a devouring fire, which is undermining the very foundations of our social structure.
The Greek community as a whole is not at all responsible for the serious proportions which white-slave traffic has reached in Chicago. We are sorry to note, however, that an alarming number of Greeks are being arrested of deported from Chicago for engaging in this cursed business.
Thus, the Greek name is brought into serious disrepute because the people of Chicago are so violently prejudiced against the tragedy of white-slave traffic. The laboring element among our people of Chicago has been directly affected by the professional promoters of white-slave traffic and by the houses of ill fame. Many are condemning the laboring class for the increasing and flourishing business of white-slave traffic. The real victims of this whole rotten business are 3these very workers who are so unjustly accused of contributing to this abominable evil.
Why not blame the professional exploiters of innocent and helpless young girls? Why not punish the owners and operators of the numerous houses of prostitution?
We will take the opportunity to touch once more upon the subject of white-slave traffic when we deal with the labor problem of the Greek people of Chicago, because in some strange way both social problems have some important connection with each other.
White-slave traffic is a social tragedy. White-slave traffic is trade in the gutter. We are dealing with this subject in a rather comprehensive way because Saloniki is issued too infrequently ...
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Saloniki-Greek Press -- November 29, 1913Death Hotel
This is the name which a hotel on Halsted Street should have. A Greek, Bill Laskaris, was found dead in this hotel one morning from a bullet which was fired through his mouth.
This is not the first or even the fifth victim of this cursed hotel. Up to the present time, more than ten Greeks have been found dead or murdered in this very same hotel. In one case, six Greeks were found dead, the victims of gas. Is this perchance a coincidence or is it the work of a mysterious murderous hand?
Both probabilities must be examined by the entire Greek community, and if it is found that these deaths are merely a matter of coincidence, let there be a sign in the entrance announcing "The Death Hotel," so that no more of our fellow countrymen will fall in that death trap.
The people who are living in the Greek quarter should certainly have some 2protection. Why haven't the police investigated these deaths thoroughly and closed this haunted hotel?
This is the name which a hotel on Halsted Street should have. A Greek, Bill Laskaris, was found dead in this hotel one morning from a bullet which was fired ...
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