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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 12, 1913, Image 4',
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he was not able to look after me
through no present fault of his
"All my pleading: all my tears
were useless. They took my hus
band before Judge Gemmill. The
women's committee of the United
Charities was there to prosecute
him. I don't suppose the com
mittee considered itself one of
prosecution, but that was what it
"F. Emory Lyon appeared. He
is supposed to look after paroled
convicts for the United Charities.
He is paid by them to do this.
"Lyon told . Judge Gemmill
that my husband was a paroled
convict. This is not true. Gov.
Yates granted my husband a full
I nrdon. But Judge Gemmill did
not look into that.
"And there wasn't much to the
trial after that had been told.
Judge Gemmill ordered my hus
band to promise to pay me $10 a
week or go to jail for six months.
"What could my husband do?
He wa strying to be honest, try
ing to live honorably. He told
Judge Gemmill that he could not
promise to pay me $10 a week.
He told the judge he ,did not
know if it would be possible for
him to do so.
"The judge said, 'Six months in
the House of Correction.'
"I went home that night and
wept. It seemed like the old
days of hopeless waiting not to
have John home at night, to know
that he would not be home for
"The next day Miss Cooney
came around. She asked me what
she could do for me. I told her
she could do nothing for me. I
told her the only favor she could
get me to accept was the return
of my husband. She was very in
dignant and went away.
"Two or three days later, an
item appeared in the Record-
Herald saying that it had been re
ported to the police that I and
my children were starving. It
was a veYy small item.
"But Miss Cooney saw it, and
she came around that day with
the clipping. She was furious.
She demanded to know what I
meant by talking to reporters
like that. I told her I had talked
to no reporters. She told me she
would have the children taken
from me and put in a home. She
told me she would have me
thrown in jail for not keeping my
children. Then she threw a paper
on the table in front of me.
" 'Sign this,' she said.
"I read the paper. It was a
statement saying that the United
Charities had been supporting me
and my children.
"I would not sign it. It was not
true. Why should I have signed
it? What did they need such a
statement for? Did the item in
the Record-Herald conflict with
the reports that had been handed
in on 'how we were getting along'
"I do not know. But I would
not sign the paper,and I told Miss
Cooney that I would die of star
vation before I ever took a cent
from the United Charities, which
had robbed me of my husband
that it mike make a showing."