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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1913, Image 21',
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THIS GIRL SAD SHE B&Vp
STEAL SHE COT $2 A WEEK.
Philadelphia, Pa., April 15. Mary
Conway, 19 years old; was put on trial
here today. -It was her first time in
a court room. It also was the first
time she had ever seen the-face of a
She was arraigned before Judge
Audemed, charged with theft.
Policemen and court officials in
blue stood about and the, big audi
ence looked on. quietly with -tears m
then- eyes as the girl took the stand,
trembling with fear and-hardly able
to reach the' witness 'chair without
assistance. . .
"You are charged," said the court,
-rwith having taken and appropriated
to your own use certain articles of
apparel, including underwear, stock
ings and a second-hand ,hat, from
your late employer, Isaac Sharp, mil
liner, 240 N. Eighth street. How do
you plead guilty or not guilty?"
The brightsjink cheeks of -the girl
turned to a pale'white. "I am guilty,"
she said- "I took the things because
I needed them." .
The girl's clothes showed that she
"needed them." But she was guilty.
She had stolen them.
The judge did not ask her WHY
she had needed to- sfeal. He did say
that persons cannot' break the laws
of -this land with impunity. Such
crimes must be punished: Her prose
cutor had valued the old hat and the
underwear and the stocking's and
other trinkets at $8. . v
According to the girl's statement
she'' had been in this, country only
two-,years. .She had been employed,
in Sharp's place as a domestic. .And
she REEDED to steal, she said.
She told the court that she had no.
relatives or friends- in this country,
her another and father being in Ire
land.. She said 'that '.she "had to. work
She said 'that sHe now was -work-
ing as a domestic; anil that .she' had
never been arrested before She had J:
heen "kept in -fall for two days-awaiting
' The judge -who didn't ask her WHY
she stole put her on probation and
gave "her freedom. 1
In the corridor of the City Hall,
just outside the courtroom, a reporter
met-the girl and asked her how much
she earned as adbme'stic.
And the girl replied: "Why, I got
$2 a week:"
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Fortune-Teller (to over-dressed T
maid) Your, husband will be. a poor t
man unless Maiden (eagerly) o
3nless. what?' Fortu;ie-teUer-jeYou, s
dress more economically after mar
riage, than you. do now
New income tax measure excludes 3
from taxation the cpmpensatio.n of q
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