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Her specialties were picking
pockets and shoplifting.
When she was twenty-five she
married Robert Goldman, and,
as with her father, the less said
about Goldman the better.
Doubtless Goldman loved her
for a while. She bore him two
children. She was happy. She
was not compelled to be a thief.
Then Goldman tired of her,
and of the two little babies, and
She had no one to turn to for
help; and she knew only one way
of making enough money to keep
herself and her babies. (This
really should have been put "of
keeping her babies and herself,"
because in her eyes the babies
were much more important than
Theresa Goldman. Probably this
wag quite wrong of her; prob
ably, being a thief, she ought not
to have loved her children but
she did, and was ready to go
through all things for their sake.)
So she went back to thieving
again, and in due time she was
caught and "''sent up the river" to
do penance, after the fashion in
which civilized society makes
mothers who steal for their chil
dren do penance.
But before going up the river,
the woman thief made arrange
ments for the care of her babies
while she was gone.
When she was released, the bit
terness of Mrs. Goldman to Ward
society increased one hundred
fold. For one thing, her babies
had not been very well lopked
after while she was "up the river."
So she started out to take an
even greater revenge on society,
and she became a much more
clfeyer thief than she had been be
She becarne rich and prosper
ous from foer thieving and was
able to give.her babies all Hhat
babies iiee"d w want.
But the law of compensation, v
as the philosophers call it, is very
exact, and in 1909 she was again
caught, and caught With the
She was taken before Judge"
Mulqueen, of New York, who,be-
sides being a judge, is a human
Mrs. Goldman told Judge Mul
queen her story, and because1
Judge Mulqueen is a human be
ing, he'was touched by it.
So, instead of sending Mrs.
Goldmanaip the river again, Mul
queen said to her: "
"You are doubtless guilty, but?
I think you have some excuse. I1
am going to sentence you, but
after sentencing you I am going
to suspend the sentence on con-,
dition you get oubof the country1
for a while.
"You have made money. Go
to Europe; stay there for a while ?
then come back and live straight
and it will be all right."
So Mrs. Goldman took herself i
and her babies on a trip to Eu-
rope. At the end of six imonths
she came back, and decided tdl
take Judge Mulqueen's advice and
be "straight." ft
She opened a small store, and5
was doing well when Police Lieut.:;
Barney Flood found out she had1
returned to New York.