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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 27, 1912, Image 29',
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WHY THE DAY BOOK IS GLAD TO BE SCOOPED ON THE
- OTHER' PAPERS' "BIG NEWS STORY"
There is one "big news story"
to which The Day Book has paid
It is that of the trials and tribu
lations of Esther Mercy, and The
Day Book has had a god reason
for not paying any attention to it.
Consider what has happened.
Esther Mercy was a student at
John D. Rockefeller's pet $23,
000,000 university. ,
She was engaged to be married,
which was a thing that was no
business of John D. Rockefeller's
She was presented with a hat
by the man to whom she was en
gaged tOybc married, which again
was no business of John D.
A. number of aigrettes were
stolen fro mthe hat, while it was
in Miss Mercy's room at a board
Miss Mercy told the landlady
of the boarding house, who seems
to have borne some intricate re
lationship to most of the faculty
of the university,of the theftvf
the plumes, which .seems to have
been a natural thing for Miss
Mercy to do.
The landlady did not think it a
natural thing to do, however.
She went to Miss Marion Talbot,
dean of women at John,DT Rocke
feller's university, and complain
ed that Miss Mercy had told her
that a number of aigrettes had
been stolen from her hat.
Theh the landlady breathed in
to the ear of Dean Talbot the hor
rible information that the hat had
been presented, to Miss Mercy by
a man, and that' it was a costly
Dean Talbotcalled Miss Mercy
before her, not in order to discuss
the theft of the aigrettes, but to
draw conclusions abouj: Miss
Mercy's morals from the fact that
the hat had been presented to her
by the manto whom Misl Mercy
was engaged'to be married. "
Miss Mercy, placing-some value
upon her good name, protested
against Deal 'Talbot 'thus 'draw
ing conclusions as to her morats,
and was called by Dean Talbot a 4
"woman of the streets."
Miss Mercy complained to (,
Harry Pratt Judson, president of ,
John D. Rockefeller's university.
Apparently Harry Pratt Judson'
had heard about Miss Mercy. "He
was too busy to listen to her
Then Miss Mercy was expelled
from John D. Rockefeller's uni
versity. The st.ory of her expulsion, and
the reason therefor, followed
Dean' Talbot s conclusions as
to her morals were accepted by
Miss Mercy's employers, after
the manner of employers whose '
owrt morals are so questionable
they naturally suspect those of f
every other person. d
Then Miss Mercy did what s
everyone must admit was a very x
foolish thing. In order to have ft
her good name restored before
the whole world, she brought suit ra
against John D. Rockefeller's unj- '
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