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August 18, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(7):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460330039006

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It is said that there are between eight and ten thousand clairvoyants in Chicago. Whether this is true or not we are not prepared to say, but judging from the number who advertise in the papers and from the number of signs scattered over the city it is quite probable that the number is not overstated. Some of the leaders among them have presented an ordinance to the city council providing that clairvoyants shall hereafter pay a license fee of $800 a year. This is for the purpose of regulating things so that there shall not be as much "promiscuousness" as now seems to prevail; in other words, they desire to limit the number. What a joke it would be if the city council of the great and enlightened city of Chicago should pass this measure and thus legalize this modernized ancient method of swindling! And stranger things have happened

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