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Mrs. Chapman was
I might have to some
, Viola ever gave way to temper.
"Yes," she said sjowly and re
luctantly. "She sometimes gave
xyvay to sudden outbursts. - I
wouldn't call it temper though.
Itr wag just petulance,' caused by
frayed nerves, tjred after a long
day's work. -
The manager of the music store
where she worked was questioned
by the police.
"I dont',knov much about her
private life," he sajd, ''but she al
ways struck me as anice girl. Sjhe
worked hard. She never had any
callers. I don't think she was
called to the telephone once while
she worked for us. Everyone in
the place liked her. v '
"Sometimes she was nervous.
Then for a day or so she would
actqueerly. She would sfcem not
to care about h'er work, and she
wpuld be flippant.
"But that often happens with
working girls. Always there are
times when their nerves over
come them. Then they are flighty.
In Viola's case we never paid any
attention to these fits. They
didn't come often, anyway."
James B. Alliter, whofor 40
years was on the detective force
of Los Angeles, is the one man
who thinks he,canNexplain jthe
shooting of Edge by Miss Carver.
"Perhaps I'm not right about
this," said Alliter, "but I think
that the doctors ought to get
busy and get a name for a new
disease. I think Viola Caryer 4s
"I don't know what the disease
ntight be called unless-you Were
to make up a word like 'work-ing-girl-it-is.'
"It's this way: When the girl
6f the present day has to work
for-her living; when she is forced
to toil long, weary hours, standr
iqg on her feet most of the time;
when she receives for this labor
wages so poor that they barely
will allow her to feed and clothe
herself and will not allow her to
indulge m any recreation; some
thing is bound to happen, ttf their
"No woman can stand agstram
like that indefinitely andTemain
"Did you hear what Mrs.
Chapfaan, said a"bout Viola Car
ver" giving way to sudden, unex
plainable bursty of1 petulance?
Did you hear fhe. music jstore
manager talk about heT fits of
flightless when she was flippant
and didn't care about any, of the
things she usually cared most
about 2 '
"You mean that her mind was
unbalanced by her work?" asked
the reporter. "
"I mean," said Alilter, "that
every working girl of the pres
ent day is subjecttQ a new dis
ease, which, while it is upon her,"
robs her of her viewpoint. Go
and talk to the girls who work
for their living; talk to their
friends. You'll find out."
But Viola Carver will he tried
on the charge of "murder in the
first degree," and the representa
tive of the state of California- will