THIS WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS 

1921

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From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, January 24, 1921: Indianapolis hotel managers are seeking legal methods to protect themselves and their guests against unjustifiable abuse of search warrants issued by city courts and served by Federal prohibition enforcement agents. These warrants have given prohibition agents authority to search guest rooms and seize intoxicating liquor from these rooms. In Indiana it is not illegal to have liquor in one’s possession unless it is to be sold, and Indiana law requires seized liquor to be retained by the court issuing the warrant until a hearing determines for what purpose the liquor was kept. Federal agents have failed to turn over liquor seized in hotel rooms to the court. “Hotel men are not bootleggers and do not harbor guests who are in that line of business,” said the general manager of the Lincoln Hotel.



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“Hotel Men Seeking Way to Stop Use of Search Warrants,” The Indianapolis Times, 24 January 1921, p. 1:7

From The Indianapolis Times, Thursday, January 20, 1921: Lurid pictures of revolting moral conditions in Indianapolis high schools were painted by Rev. Thomas Grafton, pastor of Third Christian Church, yesterday at a meeting of the Oliver P. Morton School Mothers’ Club and P.T.A. “I am told a patrolman, whose beat is in the neighborhood of Shortridge High School, has been supplying liquor to students…Sexual immorality is a serious problem in our high schools, and modern dancing, such as was recently banned at Shortridge, only leads to the things of which I complain,” he asserted. While Rev. Grafton had no first-hand information of these terrible conditions, he believed what he had heard from others was truthful and suggested, as a remedy, Bible study and religious instruction in the public schools be made compulsory upon the pupil if the parents so elected.



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“Hearsay Behind Lurid View of School Morals,” The Indianapolis Times, 20 January 1921, p. 1:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, January 12, 1921: Mrs. Julia Belle Tutewiler has the distinction of being the first woman to serve as president of the Indianapolis board of school commissioners. She was elected by the commissioners at last night’s meeting of the board, receiving three votes to one vote each for two other candidates. A former grade-school teacher in the city schools, Mrs. Tutewiler has been a member of the board for seven years. She was elected a school commissioner in 1913 following a strenuous campaign, and succeeded Mary Nicholson who was the first women to have been elected to the city’s board of school commissioners. Believing in maintaining continuity on the board, Mrs. Tutewiler was the only incumbent school commissioner to stand for re-election in 1917, and for the past year has served as the board’s vice president.



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“Woman Heads School Board,”,” The Indianapolis Star, 12 January 1921, p. 1:7

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