New York Times

University of Chicago Professor Found with Army Man's Wife

CHICAGO, April 12. — Hinton G. Clabaugh, Chief of the local bureau of the Department of Justice, today announced that his agents last night took into custody Dr. William Isaac Thomas of the Faculty of the University of Chicago, know as an authority on sociology, and a woman said to be the wife of a Texas man, now in France with General Pershing.

Mr. Clabaugh said that he had turned over to the United States District Attorney Clyne evidence completely rounded out for the institution of charges of violating the Mann act, and the act forbidding false registration at hotels.

Dr. Thomas and the woman, who said she was a Mrs. R. M. Granger, of Washington, D. C., are said in the date given Mr. Clyne to have registered at a downtown hotel last night as man and wife from Gary, Ind. Both were taken before Mr. Clyne last night and are quoted as having attempted little, if any, concealment.

Dr. Thomas is 55 years old, married, and has grown children. Mrs. Thomas, was one of the founders of the Woman's Peace Party. Mrs. Granger is 24 years old, and has a child 3 years old living with her mother in Forth Worth, Texas. She said, according to Clabaugh, that she accompanied her husband from the training came at Fort Worth to New York to say good-bye when he sailed. Dr. Thomas was in the city to gather material for a book on Poland. They were introduced by Mrs. Granger's sister. The latter and Mrs. Granger have been living at a South Side hotel for about two weeks.

Dr. Thomas for some time was much in demand for his lectures on sociology. Among his teachings were:

Women are better off for having had their fling as men do. Dissipated women often make excellent wives.
    Chivalry is the persistence of the old race habit of contempt for women.
    Any girl, mentally mature, has the right to have children and the right to limit their number.
    The morality of women is an expediency rather than an innate virtue.
    Marriage as it exists today is rapidly approaching a form of immorality
    Matrimony is often an arrangement by which the woman trades her irreproachable conduct for irreproachable gowns.
    Children are not the result of marriage, but marriage is the result of children.

After Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Granger were examined by the District Attorney in the presence of an assistant skilled in Mann act proceedings, they were allowed to leave the Federal Building on their own recognizance.


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