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How the World Treated
- Eckerton-the Prunfc"'
"Joe Eckertorj, drunk,'
tljeprasecutor in police cpurjt.
The bgiliff repeated the qame
through the corridors of Central
police station. A policeman
helped Eckerton dowfn from.hjs
cot. They ledjthe prisoner to the
bar of justice-. He tottered,, and
the shaking hands tried .to hold
the tall, slender, wine-soaked
frame close to the railing in front
of the,judge's bench
"Joe, you're charged wih be
ing drunk. . What's your plea,
guilty or not guilty?" asked : the
, "Kot guilty," replied 'EckeTtdp.
"You were, here 'last weelc,"
continued the prqsecutor. .''You
promised to go hpmei 'Here you
are; same old drunk. Promise
broken, s many times befqre.
Where's 'yourwffe?" ' "
The "regular wjpedrhis eyes.
His headiirooped. He'seemed to
'!S-h-e d-i-e-0 1-a-s-t
'judge, '.Fwent to' hen iand
promised hetI'dimakeaman, out
of myself. Ptook-flTe pledge. I
didn?t have a cent. t
''The next day I went to see the
boSs for .whom I worked before
my baby 'died an' Ttook'tD drink.
The boss .said to me, 'Joe.T guessf
we got nothih' for you jus' nqw.
You see we're pretty wellfilled
"I went from place to place, i
judge, an'" everywhere I got the
same kind of a turndown. 'They
all passed rjie by.
'T. went home to my wife. She
looked pretty sick., She'd been
Starvin' all the while I was in the
"I walked out to the suburbs
and' stopped at Mr. Hall's. He
was- sitting ontthe front .step. I
walked upto him and said, 'Eck
erton's my name. I'm the man
who carved out that ljon over
there for ypu three years ago. I'm
ourof work. They wont take me
ba'ck atohe old shop. Can't you
"He looked at me, judge, an'
said: 'i-t ain't got no use for a
man -who spends 'his money fpr
whisky. t You ain't no u?e to humanity.''-
"When I came home my wife
was pretty sick. She called me
Over to her bed an' lookin' up zf.
me, says, f 'Joe, if I ever die, you
ainJt goin' to, keep on drinkin,'
are 'jpujjqe? You will brace up
an' 'bejaj man' like you promised,
wont"you,joe?' You're gojnr to
keqp your .pledge, ain't,yqu?'
'f7.','She .put her arms aYoun' my
pefckan' 'kissed me just like' our
Uj?He' Mamie did -the night she
died: She fell back on the pil-
'3 tried to get three or four
doctor, judge, but' when they
lodked ine over they said they
were sorry put hadother engage
ments and couldn'txcome
'"I went'to a drWf store and
askeil rffe clerk to gl.$e me some
vthtog to'sti'engthehmy wife uh-