Buffalo Courier Express, September 24
FAN DANCER IS SENTENCED
TO YEAR, $200 FINE
CHICAGO, Illinois (Chicago Tribune) — Sally Rand, the fan dancer, was found guilty last night of willfully performing an obscene and indecent dance in a place by a jury of twelve men, most of them young. She was sentenced by Municipal Judge Joseph H. McGarry to one year in the county jail and a $200 fine.
It is a maximum penalty, the court being enabled by the statute to have imposed punishment of from one day to one year in the house of correction or county jail, or a fine of from $25 to $200, or both.
The jury considered the verdict for one hour and fifteen minutes. Judge McGarry then awaited the dancer’s return from a performance of her fan dance in a loop theater. Samuel Berke, defense attorney, made a motion for a new trial and asked that he be given ten minutes to prepare arguments on it.
Judge McGarry, declaring that his instructions to the jury, which he had selected, clearly favored the defendant, ruled against the new trial.
A stay of 60 days was allowed by the court in which to file a bill of exceptions. Miss Rand was released on cash bonds of $2,000.
Miss Rand, resting wearily on a court bench after the proceedings, while her bond was being arranged, pointed out that she was receiving a sentence twice as long as that ordinarily given public enemies in the recent drive to convict them on the so-called criminal reputation law.
“If the jury is right, and the dance I do actually is indecent, and the court is right in sentencing me to a year in jail,” she said, “all I can say is that everyone who is engaged in sculpturing, painting, music or dancing ought to quit.”
Miss Rand, who told the Junior Association of Commerce here recently that she “hasn’t been out of a job since she took her pants off,” broke existing variety house records when she started her eighth week at the Chicago theater yesterday. She has also been appearing at nightclubs and at the World’s Fair.
Hordes of fan dancers have followed in the wake of her revival of this old time stag show feature, so that practically every nightclub in the city boasts at least one fan, shawl or handkerchief dancer now.