The Seattle Times

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

1916 Seattle was a hotbed of sin when 2 officers were killed

Seattle Mayor Hiram Gill was first elected in 1910 on a campaign promise to confine gambling and prostitution to a zone downtown, but he soon opened the entire city to such activities — incurring the wrath of progressives and newly enfranchised women who threw him out of office the following year. Nonetheless, Gill was re-elected in 1914 and was widely reputed to behind rampant bootlegging and other illegal operations in 1916.