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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 22, 1912, Image 6',
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WANTED WOODEN LEG.
. James Gilbert, IS years pld, of
Pittsburgh, lias been, unfortunate
all his lifey
His parents died when he was
7 years old. He had no,relative$
who would look after him. So he
had to make hi& own way in the
world as best he might.
He managed fairly well and he
became in time a fuJKfledged
cooper. Then he went to Akron,
O., to gel a better job than the
one he had la-Pittsburgh.
Ke got the job all right, but
one montH after he got it tie
stumbled while crossing the rail
road tracks and was run over. His
right leg had to be airiputated
from the thigh.
When he got out of the hospi
tal he tried to work-at his old job.
He was-too weak to do sp and had
to quit after one weekr
He left Akron and beat his way
to Chicago. He arrived here yes
terday. Last night hewent to
sleep in the alley at Peck Court
and South Stale street
A teamster coming down the
alley almost stepped on him. Gil
bert wakened with a start. The
teamster thought Gilbert intend
ed to hold him up. He smashed a
can of beer inthe boy's face.
It cut Gilbert's face frightfully
he may lost his right eye and
a policeman who came along a
minute later placed Gilbert under
Gilbert was taken before Judge
Going today. He told his story.
Judge Going offered to send him
to an institution.
"I don't want to go to an insti
tution," said the bov. "I Want a
job. But I can't hold a job with
only one leg. -So the. first thing I
want is an artificial leg.1'
Judge Going offeredhe boy a
dollar or two.
v "I don't vvaht your money,"
said Gilbert, "I don't want any
body's tnoney. I want to make
my own way in the world, arid I
,want to be $ble to think my own
thoughts and bemy'0Wh master.
tf'cpuldrtt do that if I accepted
"I wanta job, but I want a
wooden leg first, because I can't j
get a job until I get one
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fI132 Jacksott boulevard for a few
days. In the meantime fpurt offi
cials who were touched by his
story ahd his independence are
trying to find some way of get- '
ting him ohe wooden leg and a
chance ih the world.
Out and Back.
. Tramp Madam, I have come
out of the wilderness to locate
Lady Humph! Well, I can n
give you plenty Chop that wood,
and " ;
Tramp Beg pardon, ma'am, t
fsaid I was merely trying to located
it. Now that I know it still exists
I shall return to the "wilderness.'' v
A young woman in Vienna, .
whoseliatpin injured a man's eye
and caused him to lose the sight
of it, offered as compensation toj
marry him. The offer was ac-