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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1913, Image 1

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NOBODY ANYWHERE HAS MONEY ENOUGH TO
GET AN AD. IN THIS NEWSPAPER
THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST.
398
TEL. MONROE 353
VOL.2.NO.103 Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1913 ONE CENT
MOTHER WILLING TO GIVE UP HER NAMELESS
CHILD BECAUSE SHE LOVES IT
Father of Baby Is Hanged for Murder Officials Refuse
To Let Man and Woman Marry to Give Child
a Name Youngster Will Never Know.
Lewes, England, Jan. 29.
John Williams was hanged this
morning for the murder of Police
Inspector Wells of Eastbourne.
To the end Williams refused to
confess his guilt. His only re
quest was that he be allowed to
see his child and to marry Flor
ence Seymour, its mother.
Both wishes were denied by
Home Secretary McKenna. Cler
gymen had urged McKenna to
permit the wedding. They de-J
clared a felons daughter was. bet
ter than a nameless child. The
official did not agree with them.
John Williams was.a crook and
burglar. But he loved ..Florence
Seymour. They lived together
before the man-killed -the police-
man in an attempted robbery.
After Williams was arrested a
daughter was born to Florence
Seymour. Williams wanted to
marry her and give the child a
name.
The girl made the same plea.
She went to the office of the seo
retary and begged that her child
be given a chance in the world, s
McKenna was obdurate. The
baby is nameless.
In the bare little room she
calls home, with her baby in her
arms, Florence Seymour told of
her fruitless efforts to give it a
name.
"John was what they call art
'enemy to society,' " she said, her
voice hard with suppressed emo
tion. "But he was good to me.
He loved me and I loved him.
"When the baby came I loved
John in a different way. He was
not John Williams, the man, but
the father of 'my baby. '
"People have asked me why we
didn't marry before my little girl
was bom. Why should we? We
were both happy, and there was
no one else to consider.
"But after John was arrested
the baby .was bornr We had-1

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