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WIDOWED MOTHER OF JOHNSON'S SUICIDE WIFE
TELLS OF INSULTS OF BLACK PUG
New York, Oct. 24. Mrs.
David Terry, widowed mother of
Etta Duryea-Johnson, the white
wife of Jack Johnson, who killed
herself Sept. 14, was told the
story of Johnson and Lucille
Etta Duryea-Johnson shot and
killed herself in her rooms above
the Cafe de Champion, Chicago,
after she had found Lucille Cam
eron in the arms of her negro hus
band. Mrs. Terry has been broken in
health ever since that, tragedy.
She is under the constant -care of
a physician in her Brooklyn
After listening to the Lucille
Cameron story, Mrs. Terry gave
out the following statement, con
taining some of her own expe
riences with the negro prize
By Mrs. David Terry.
It would be wrong for me to
say what ought to be done with
the husband of my dead daughter.
It is not for me to judge. It is
for God. But every night a
prayer goes up from my pillow
asking God to send upon this man
the punishment he deserves.
Two weeks ago I had a vision
of Jack Johnson's end. I .believe
that vision was God's promise of
I saw a boat on a beautiful
stream. My daughter, glorified
in white, was in that boary'talk
ing to my dead husband.
Suddenly - a giant, glistening,
black man Tose out of the water.
He grabbed for the boat with both
hands; as if he would crush it.
But he missed, and my daugh
ter rowed away with a ripple of
happy laughter on her lips. The
water turned black as ink and
swallowed the black man up.
It was all so real it frightened
me, although I am a practical
woman and not given to visions.
Why my daughter married
Johnson I do not know. But Et
ta never was right in her mind,
and I have attributed many
things to that.
I believe She killed herself, not
in a fit of madness, but in a fit of
sudden clear-seeing and under-
standing. I believe the mental
fog lifted from her for a moment,
and revealed her positipn in all
No one will ever know how
cruel Johnson was to Etta. She
was mortally afraid of him.
He beat her so she had to go to
the hospital for treatment. Not
long before she killed herself she
ran away. She hid in a Chicago
hotel. Johnson set detectives on
her trail, and found her, and forc
ed her to return.
I have-seen Etta with her eyes
black, and great bruises all over
When Etta shot herself, I went
to Chicago with my daughter Ar
line. Arline and I stayed at a hotel,
and not at Johnson's house, as the
When we went to see the body,
I begged the negro for one re-