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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 05, 1911, Image 13

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how;the,law HOLDS A-21-YEAR-OLD mother who
. " COMMITTED BIGAMY FOR HER CHILD'S SAKE ,
This is'a'true Story told by Lil
! lie Sfarne'Hascall Ripstra,' a wife
atl6,"a mother at 17,-and a 'big
amist at21. '- ' " ' ' '"
And-if is also ah example of" the
wayrsome-of the lo'cal dailies per
vert -news-ahd prejudge arrested,
persons. rt . ' ' '
vLast Friday's afternoon papers
and 'Saturday's .morning' editions'
carried atsensational'storyabout
her arfrest, and the rjeaspns there
for Sheivas alleged to have said
she marffed-Frank N. Ripstra be
' cause of her great Jove for him,
and had concealed from him that
-hVhad a former husband. He in
tercepted a letter; dis covered her
double life, and had her arrested.
That was the way the other 'pa
pers handled the case of the
-woman. , -
Here is the story she told a re
porter for The DayBook, sitting
in 'a gloomy cell at the Maxwell
street station, Saturday. 4
f"I am no.tas bad as they paint
me," she said. Her voice "broke,
aim -the effect of her three days'
confinement wa's noticeable in her
dejected attitude.
''''I .'never loved'Frank Ripstra,
and it is' a lie tp say I did. f never
said sq. But perhaps I had bet-
tcr'tell you the story from the be
9 ginning, and maybe , people 'will
not' judge me too.harshly. T'ex
pect to be punished; I have done
virongrbut-a higher.law, know
ing everything, may deal more
gently with, .me than 'the law pf
man.
i""I married ;Villiam- Hascail in
Red Oak, Iowa, whenal was 16.
He was a teaming contractor, and
good to me, and I was very hap
p"y. Then our. little boy was born.
"Here is his picture," and she ex
hibited a picture 'of a flaxen-hair-'
ed," sturdy little ybungster of
four. - -
Hascall, who is'Standing by the
girl, had come into the station
while she was,talking: rHe greet
ed her affectionately.' - Hascall is
a typical countryman slow and
dull, but-he is -true to the. girl,
and says he will take her 'back to
live with him after she gets out of
prison, if a' jury finds her guilty
after hearing her story-
"I lived with , Wilf for two
years, and then I made a -wrong
turning. I was young and fool
ish, and tired of farm life. I took
the baby and went to Marian,
Iowa, where I worked in a hotel.
There was where I met' Ripstra."
She hesitated,'but Hascall smiled
at he'r encouragingly.
"He loved me then," 'she con
tinued, "and wanted .me to come
to Chicago as his wife. I told
him J was married, and hadn't
secured a divorce. He knew
ahout my husband from thq be
ginning.' I held out against him,
and he left. We corresponded.
He asked me to call him husband
in my letters, and I stopped writ
ing. '."Then I went to Milwaukee,
taking the baby wijth 'me, and
worked in a factory. My health
failed, and I came to Chicago last
September in search of some

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