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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 21, 1913, Image 1

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AMERICAN WOMEN HAD HAND IN PROTECTING
AMERICANS AT MEXICO READ OUR STORY
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cocnran,
Editor and Publisher.
500 South Peoria St.
Tel. Monroe 353.
VQL.2.NO-123 Chicago, Friday, Feb. 21, 1913 ONE CENT
GIRL WHO MURDERED HER BABY PLEADS THAT
SHE BE HANGED AND IS REFUSED
Daughter of Wealthy Fort Wayne Parents and Student of
Music Screams in Agony When Coroner's
Jury Won't Hold per for Murder.
Margaret Dobson, 19 years old,
daughter of wealthy parents who
live in Fort Wayne, Ind., lies in
bed in a bare roominghouse at
1914 Indiana avenue.
For twenty-four hours she has
lain in that bed, without sleep,
staring up at the roof with va
cantuncomprehending eyes.
She does not weep. For weep
ing is only for those whom hope
has not left and whose hearts may
know some ease.
Wednseday night Margaret
Dobson' murdered her newborn
baby threw it crashing through
the window of the bedroom in
which, a few hdurs before, it had
come unushered into the world.
Yesterday the inquest was held
over the crumpled, mangled body
of the infant in an .undertaker's
dingy ''parlors."
And all through the weary red
tape of the inquest Margaret
Dobson sat facing the jury, dully
begging that she be found guilty
of murder and sentenced to be
hanged.
"Kill me!" she said to the jury,
in that dead, dull voice. "Please
kill me ! I killed my baby. I did it
intentionally. Oh, I swear I did
it intentionally. Please kill me.
That is your duty."
At last all the evidence was in.
It did not take so very long.
Witnesses told how the baby
had been born, without the aid of
a physician. A witness told how
he had found the crumpled body
of, the infant, lying inits own
blood on Indiana avenue, and
how he had loked up and seen the
jagged hole in the window and
called the police. The police told
how they had found the. girl who
sat before the jury and made her
a prisoner.
The jury of six retired. You
could hear the murmur of their
voices coming from the other

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