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'ASKED IF SHE LOVED JOHNSON, SCHREIBER
GIRL SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
Tbejnost dramatic moment in the
trial of Jack. Johnson, the negro
pugilist, came late yesterday after
noon. Belle Schreiber, the white girl
girl whose relations with Johnson led
to his indictment, Was on the stand.
Johnson's attorney, Benjamin C.
Batahrach, was questioning.
The girl told how she was born to
respectable parents in Milwaukee;
how she had been straight until she
was 19 years old; how she had work
ed as a stenographer in Milwaukee
and. had been happy.
And then of how she had come to
Chicago and had heard the call of the
white lights and the lure of that place
of horror that so long was Chicago's
shame, the Everleigh Club, and had
"You loied Jack Johnson, didn't
you?" asked Bachrach.
The red blood flooded the girl's
face Johnson, leaned forward, star
ing at" her, hanging on her answer.
It was evident he would be deeply
hurt if It were not yes.,
The girl stared at him for" a mo
ment, then looked at his negro
friends. But she did not answer. ,
"Didn't you love Jack Johnson?"
The girl's head dropped.
"I I don't know," she sai "I
don't think I did. I don't be
lieve I know what love is . I don't
think I ever was in 16ve."
' "If you did not love Johnson, why
did you go with him, why did you call
him up on the long distance 'phone
when you were put out of the
Painter sisters dive in Pittsburgh?"
'1 gave myself up to Johnson for
financial reasons," said the girl, slow
ly. " "I wanted clothes and jewelry
, and financial backing. It wasn't for
cash so much."
"Why did you call him up from
Pittsburgh?" repeated Bachraciw
"I called him up because he was
the only person I could call up, be
cause I had lost all my friends
through him. I was an outcast even
in the dives because I was Jack
Bachrach appealed to the court for
permission, to talk to the witness.
"She is in the custody of the gov
ernment," he said, "and I have had
no chance to talk to her."
Assistant District Attorney Harry
Parkin, who is conducting the prose
cution, said that if Bachrach applied
to the district attorney's office for
permission fo talk to. the woman the
application would be considered.
"I'd like to talk to her tomorrow
morning in Judge Carpenter's Cham--bers
in the presence of the bailiff
then' said Bachrach.
"The court, without wishing to ap
pear unduly fastidious, must request
that you take the witness somewherej
else for your talk," interrupted Judge?
Carpenter. ' j
Johnsqn walked over to Assistants
District Attorney Harry Parkin.
"Can I talk to you for a minute,
Mr. Parkin?" he asked.
Parkin turned his back.
"I don't care to talk to you, John
son," "he said.
Earlier in the day the white girl
had told the court how her associa
tion with Johnson had made her a
pariah, even in the lowest dives.
"I was driven out of disreputable
houses in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and'
other cities," she said. "They didn't'
want me because I was Jack John
son's white sweetheart.
"They were bad places these I was
in, some of them were very bad. But, '
bad as they were, I was too bad for
them and they wouldn't haye any-t
thing to do with me." T
"What did you do when you were
driven out of a house?" she was'
"It meant tbat I was practicauyi