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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 04, 1912, Image 5',
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tors are said to be willing to agree
to pay 62l2 cents an hour-' the
first year and 65 cents the next
Unidentified man run down
and killed by a touring car at the
'corner of Madison and State
streets at noon today.
Apparently, South Halsted
street is not in favor of woman
Mrs; Potter Palmer is return
ing from her home in South
next week. Do you care? We
don't, not a darn bit!
THE GIRL WHO SHOCKED
A CONTINENT IS HOME
Hempstead, L. L, April 2.
Weary for the familiar faces and
landscapes of her home, Floretta
Whaley, the girl who shocked a
continent by her elopement six
years ago, has returned here.
Six years ago, the name of Flo
retta Whaley was on every ton
gue. She had disappeared with
the Rev. Jere K. Cooke, rector of
the erclusive St. George's Episco
pal church of this city.
Cooke was married. His wife
was of one of the oldest families
on Long Island. Both were prom
Miss Whaley lived with her
grandmother here, and attended
St. George's church. Caoke be
came interested in the girl, who
then was only 15 years old. They
were often together, and soon
tongues began to wag.
There were bitter scenes in
Cooke's home, and finally the
minister through up 'his church,
his respectability, his .wjfe and
family, and ran away with Floret
The elopement was so well con
trived that no trace of the couple
coiild be found for a long time. "
But at last it was learned that
they had beeir wandering from'j
place to place over the country,1-?
like hunted things. Cooke work- '
ed, when he could get work, as a
carpenter, and sometimes they .
were without food. '
Miss Whaley gave the end of a
the story today. After two years"
of wandering she and the man she
calls her "husband" settled in ,
San Francisco. The minister,
went to work there as a painter
and decorator. He was quite.-1
successful. Floretta says he owns '.
an establishment, and has 15
men working for him. '
Floretta told her grandmothertr
today that she was known as1
"Mrs. BalcolmM in California.
"I can't many my husband be-
cause Mrs. Cooke wont get a di-
vorce," she said, quaintly.
The girl will inherit $25,000 '
from her father's estate when she
is 21, and when her old grand
mother dies, she will get $50,000
Cooke is in New York. Floret-
ta refused to give his address to- '
day. She brought her two chil
dren on her visit to "the home
"He discovered that his wife I
had "two detectives trailing him r
for six months."
"How did he discover it?" ,-f.
"She sent him.Jthe bill." .