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CIVILIZED CHICAGO AND TWO DEFENSELESS WOMEN
The United States prides itsejf on being civilized; Chicago
prides itself on being the most civilized city in the United States.
There is only one standard of civilization, and that is the ex-' -tent
of the protection which the community throws around the
weakest, the most defenseless of its members.
Read, then, what happened in CIVILIZED Chicago yesterday.
A girl, a poor girl, a fatherless girl, was betrayed by a rich
lover, a millionaire's son. ' '
A day came when the girl believed there were to be conse-',
quences to that betrayal, and she hegged the rich lover to marry her.
The rich lover refused to see her, and sent his brother fto in
sult the girl he had betrayed.
Then the girl and her mother went to the state's attorney of
Cook county, John E. W. Wayman.
The girl told her story to "Wayman, and-, Wayman held a cer
tain conversation with her, of which conversation more hereafter.
Then the girl's motlier filed information charging the rich lover
with seduction. & t
This did not bring the rich lover from his hiding place, and the"
suit was dismissed because the' girl was over eighteen.
So the girl and her mother filed new information, charging the
rich lover with being the father of the girl's unborn child. The trial
of the case was set for January 24.
Still the rich lover hid, and refused to see the girl he had
wronged so cruelly. And always there was his brother, sneering
and virulent, and his attorney, bulldozing and bullying, facing the
two lone women the mother fighting for her daughters honor, the
daughter fighting for the- honor of the child to come.
When the rich lover was not moved" even lay the second charge,
the girl filed a $25,000 breach of promise suit against him. As she
did so, she sobbed that she did not want the money, that all she
wanted was a name for her unborn child.
Then the family of the rich lover began to get busy. When
their good name was assailed,- that was nothing,, but when their
money was in danger, that was important.
So, last Thursday, Assistant State's Attorney W. R. Fetzer,,v J
who was supposed to be handling the case ot the girl, sent Hty v
Physician Clara Seippel to examine the girl. ' -"-
This Clara Seippel is the same who, on July 1, examined the
girl and reported to the state's attorney that the girl then was preg
nant. After Thursday's examination, Clara Seippel reported that the
girl wasNOT pregnantj