PROF. THOMAS IS UPHELD BY
Says Husband ‘Dazzled’ Mrs. Granger Now Their Guest.
Chicago, April 13 — Prof. William Isaac Thomas, of the department of sociology of the University of Chicago, arrested with Mrs. Pearl Granger, the young wife of an army lieutenant now serving in France, in a downtown hotel Thursday, spent ten minutes in jail this afternoon.
Thomas, who is called "Daddy" by Mrs. Granger, was arrested on warrant, charging disorderly conduct, and made returnable in the morals court Monday morning. He secured his release on a $400 bond and immediately returned to his home, where Mrs. Thomas, who was a member of the Ford peace mission, had given refuge to Mrs. Granger.
Prof. Thomas, who is 55 years old, with a national reputation and a family socially prominent, was called by his wife a "foolish boy, who had committed and unutterably stupid act, not wrong, but indiscreet."
Mrs. Granger, who is 24 years old, with a baby boy living now with his grandparents in Fort Smith, Ark., was referred to by Mrs. Thomas as and "immature child, dazzled by the distinguished professor."
Following the arrest of the professor and Mrs. Granger, Mrs. Thomas motored downtown to visit Mrs. Granger and her sister, Miss Delia Raines, an 18-year-old motion picture actress, and took both girls home with her to talk over the whole situation.
‘When my husband comes home I will abide in happiness with him and him alone," declared Mrs. Granger, when asked what the further consequences of the affair might be, and then she added:
"But there will be shooting when he comes back. And if he learns it now, he will immediately desert to come."
Prof. Thomas declared that he wished to deny that the affair resulted from a malicious attack and declared that he was willing to stand the consequences.
"I am going to stick by Mrs. Granger through thick and thin," he said. "She is a nervous wreck as a result of the questioning she has gone through."
The professor declared that Mrs. Granger was under the care of a physician.
Meanwhile, there was a hastily assembled meeting of the University of Chicago faculty, but it was understood that no action will be taken until next week.