St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Professor and Soldier's Wife Are Arrested
CHICAGO, April 12 (By A. P.) — 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 I. Thomas of the faculty of the University of Chicago, widely known as an authority on sociology, and a woman said to be the wife of a Texas man now in France with Gen. Pershing. Clabaugh said 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 data given to Clyne to have registered at a downtown hotel last night as man and wife, from Gary, Ind. The alleged expose was due to the fact that the hotel clerk's suspicions were aroused. He notified Clabaugh and the latter sent agents, who looked through their luggage. Both were taken before Clabaugh last night and are quoted as having attempted little if any concealment.
Admits He Loves Woman.
According to Clabaugh, Dr. Thomas said:
"I love her and I don't care if the whole world knows it. My arrest is a tremendous injustice."
Clabaugh further quoted the woman as saying: "Dr. Thomas was kind to me. After my husband left for France, Dr. Thomas was most solicitous for my comfort. I just liked him at first; later it grew into love."
Dr. Thomas, a man of distinguished appearance, 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 and has a 3-year-old child living with her mother at Fort Worth, Tex.
She said, according to Clabaugh, that she had accompanied her husband from the training came at Fort Worth to New York to say good-by 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 family hotel for about two weeks. At this hostelry it was said that Mrs. Granger's sister left suddenly last night in a taxicab to go downtown. The sister's name, according to G. W. Wayans, manager of the hotel, is Mrs. Raines.
Some of His Teachings
Dr. Thomas for some time was much in demand for his lectures on sociology and the relation of sex thereunto. 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.
"No action will be taken today,"
( 2) said District Attorney Clyne, in whose hands the case now rests. "Although we have the results of the investigation of the Department of Justice, we feel that we must make additional investigation ourselves because of the fact that there are a number of peculiar angles to this case.