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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 22, 1912, Image 20

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the reason for the unusual visit
during the week of so many big
men, strange men from the city,
who carried bags with bottles aiid
instruments in them, while others
unfolded queer looking picture
machines.
They do not know that their
father, Tony Volcania, 52 years,
once an able bodied 'Italian labor
er, is daily growing weaker from
the ravages of leprosy. The phy
sicians 27 orthem m conference
diagnosed it. v
Tony is worried, not forhim-
self, but the "cheelder." This is
what he says 0
"I frada da cheelder. I don'
care fora maself, but da wife and
da cheelder. I hope they don' get
a sick ika me. I don' do vera da
good. No strong at all: Mebbe I
am the only one. I pray each day
for'that, and will be glad to die if
I know da others don' hurt as I."
A year ago Tony was working
for the Northern Pacific with a
construction gang. He was a hus
ky pick and shovel man and work
ed willingly for the wife and"
"cheelder." One day he became
sick.
The next he was worse and lat
er the job was gone. The wife,
Seraphina, too proud to ask for
aid, went to work. She does wash
ing, anything honorable,' to sup
port herself andfamily. There
are three children and fhe man.
Since the family was discover
ed, a county pension of $2.50
each week has been granted them.
It helps wonderfully in buying
gioceries, says Tony. ,
And. yet Tony does not com-
plain. Re thinks 6nly;of)usLfam
ily. The littlecabin makes their
home is his ownr' There is a
mortgage on it, headnyts It may
grow. He hopes some-day to pay
it off, as the -wife and ifcneelder"
ought to have aTjqfne! Tony,
has no feeling and' yet he suffers.
Queer isn't it, but true!
Physicians stuck nedlesjn his
hands and arms and Jegs., ohy
gave no sign of feeling, and said
he felt nothing. An incision was
made in his arm and no blood
came out. i
The wife, with 4ier 40t.yearsrof
life, works on hoping that-some
day the troubles wiil .end.
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ABOUT .PEOPLE '
Is .there anybody"" here who
doesn't Tcnow Muggsy-M-uggsy
McGraw? No one?
Well, then, you'll
like to meet Mrs.
Muggsy. But she is
not known as Mrs.
Muggsy. She's just
plain Mrs; John J.
Mcuraw, and is
willing to give all
the limelight to her
scrappy husband,
the manager of the waKss-6-
piants. Mrs. McGraw is a heap
better natured than he is. She
can and does, when Muggsy
isn't looking smile ,wjien the
Giants go down in defeat.
o o (
Nickel-p-the-slot gasoline sup
ply stations are the latest things
in Indianapolis."
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