Chief Beavers to Renew His Vice War

Chief Beavers RenewsAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Georgian

Wednesday, May 28th, 1913

Declares That He Will “Clean Out” Disorderly Places When Hutcheson Furnishes List.

Renewed crusades to clean out vice in Atlanta have been precipitated by the publication Tuesday of an open letter to Chief of Police Beavers by Carl Hutcheson, an Atlanta attorney.

Chief Beavers called up Hutcheson with a demand for his information, asking names, addresses and character of occupants, and declared Wednesday that he would proceed to clean up if the requested information was furnished.

Hutcheson is now preparing a list of the places which he declared are immoral and told the chief he would place the list in Beavers’ hands three days hence. Hutcheson was asked by the chief to swear to the character of the inmates of each house he names and to sign his name to his affidavit, and will be called as a witness in prosecuting the landlords.

“We will have some clean-up sure,” said Chief Beavers Wednesday. “When I get Hutcheson’s information I will prove that I am giving no protection to anybody. I would be glad to have every one report to me any resort that they might know of. It will help in the crusade. I will take speedy action against them all.”

Dorsey to Confer With Felder.

Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey declared Wednesday that he would confer with Colonel T. B. Felder relative to the proposed Grand Jury probe of his corruption charges against police officials and the counter charges of bribery made against him by the police.

Colonel Felder would not comment on the affair at all, other than to say he was not yet ready to issue his statement substantiating his sensational charges.

Detective Chief Lanford issued a signed statement proposing to send Colyar handcuffed to Knoxville and Colonel Felder in charge of a detective in Columbia, S. C.

Lanford’s Contribution.

“I will make this proposition to Colonel Felder,” he said. “I will handcuff A. S. Colyar and send him back to Knoxville, Tenn., without requisition papers, if he (Colonel Felder) will accompany one of my men to Columbia, S. C., waiving requisition papers. Thereby I will get rid of two nuisances.”

Colonel Felder issued the following statement relative to the proposed Grand Jury investigation:

“No investigation would be too exhaustive. I would be pleased to go before any committee, organization or tribunal. I have done nothing wrong. There is nothing win my whole professional career of which I am ashamed. I wish an investigator would be started.”

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Atlanta Georgian, May 28th 1913, “Chief Beavers to Renew His Vice War,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)