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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 28, 1912, Image 13

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THE STORY OF THE FREEING OF ALLISON McFARLAND
By Harry Burton.
Newark, N. J., Oct. 28. It's,
perfectly legal to driveyour wife
to suicide so that you will be. free
to marry the new idol of your af
fections !
This may not be very humane,
nor very Christian-like, but it has
full legal sanction at least in
New Jersey where the trial of
Allison M. McFarland for wife
murder ended 'in acquittal for
him and" the ''right, if he so
chooses, to marry his "Bunny,"
the woman because of whom the
mother of his two little babies
took her life !
The jury decided McFarland
did not give his wife poison. He
put some cyanide in a bottle that
had contained bromide and she
in desperation, took it. So she
was a "suicide" and McFarland
got his Hberty.
Yet on the stand here are the
things which McFarland declared
he did to his young wife and
which, he says, were, doubtless re
sponsible for her taking her own
life:
He beat her.
He boasted of his infidelity to
her.
He told her he did not love her
any longer.
jfc Hetauntedher with his love
for "Bunny."
v He demanded that she divorce
him.
He gave her little or no money.
And did McFarland hesitate to
tell these , things? Were they
dragged out of him by the prose
cutiont word by; word? Not at all.
They were the things which Mc
Farland wanted to tell because
they were the things which con
stituted his defense by which he
hoped.to get his freedom. S'worn,
he willingly admitted' himself
brute, ingrate, liar, thief and lib
ertine -everything but murderer.
Andjit worked out hisway he
was let go !
Trouble began with the Mc-
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Miss Florence Bromley, Better
Known as "Bunny."
Farlands soon after the birth of
their second child. It came simul
taneously with the meeting of
McFarland and Florence v .Brom
ley of Philadelphia, ,a dashing
young divorcee. An attachment
sprang up immediately between
ithe two and little Mrs. McFar
land was soon totally neglected.
Fbx over a year this went on
palest of -her husband's infidelity;
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