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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 12, 1912, Image 24',
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IN LITTLE OLD NEW YORK
.New York, Jan. 12. When
the laundry workers had been on
strike for a week, marked effects
of their inertia were visible.
For one thing, the town was
full of well-dressed gentlemen
wearing heavy winter clothing,
soft -summer shirts and soft col
lars. Hitherto the negligee shirt
an'd collar with winter clothes
had been a combination affected
only .in the .theatrical district,
where bizarre effects are popular.
But when the stiff collars and
shirts failed to come back ' on
time, many a business man dug
down for his summer stuff and
put it on rather than buy new
linen to replace that tied up in
Btlt there are many men who
don't wear any collars except stiff
ones the year around, and haven't
many of them, and they were to
be seen wending their way in
streams into the haberdashery
shops ifll over town. "Gimme a
couple of collars," and "Let me
look at a shirt", were the two
varieties of remark addressed to
The latter certainly were a
happy lot ts they saw their
stocks of linen good melt. "Dog
goned if I don't think you fellows
are at the bottom of this whole
business," remarked one grouchy
' Samuel Witt knows his rights
under the law. Because he does,
he wont have to pay his wife ali
mony, although a court judgment
stands against:him. ' ' ' " ,
Witfwas brought .before Jus
tice Lehman to sliow cause why .
he should not be punished for
contetnpt for failure to pay his
"1 am fully informed of my
rights and my wife's rights, your
honor' said Witt. "To enable
your honor to arrive at a decision
speedily, I will say that I do not
fntenjl to pay my alimony to Mrs.
Witb I haven't any to give her,
and if I had I wouldn't."
"Perhaps the decree can be
amended, if it's provisions are
irksome," suggested the court.
"Not at all, your honor," re
plied Witt.' "Here is the law.
If I owe less than $500 alimony,
and' am sent to jail for three
months, I am not bound to pay
further alimony. I have .with me
a copy of the latest decision of
the cpurt of appeals."
"Do you mean to say that you
wish hie to find ,you guilty," in
quired the justice.
"Exactly. I do not intend to
pay her a cent, and will be glad
to go to prison instead."
The court accommodated Witt,
and he was taken to Ludlow
street jail, otherwise known as
the "Alimony club," to serve his
She Well, I just guess if wo
men voted you wouldn't "see 'em
going around selling their votes
or a dollar.
He No ; you're ' right, dear.
They'd probably ask only 98
cents. Yonkers Statesman.
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