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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 25, 1913, Image 15

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krere married, in the spring of 1912,
kobody knew that the bride was in
pe shadow of a crisis. They went
.way to Benton County, Tennessee,
jmd there, August 13, their baby was
porn.
They could not endure the confes
sion of a shame so tardily rectified.
3o Arnold suggested that they leave
lie infant somewhere for a while and
claim it later. The bride-mother pro
tested frantically, but at last yielded.
The baby was placed on the Paris
Joorstep. And people wondered at
the bride's wistfulness when the
honeymoon was hardly over.
i Woodrow Wilson throve. He got
a tooth and was the joy of the
Crouch household. Mr. and Mrs.
Crouch were very happy. But across
the Kentucky line the real mother
sorrowed until she fell ill.
Her husband feared she would die.
But one thing, it seemed, would save
her. She must have her baby back.
A lawyer was sent to investigate.
He went to see the Crouches and
told them of the mother worrying
her life away. But they thought a
mother who had abandoned her baby
could not be sincere and they refused
to part with Woodrow.
Mrs. Arnold became worse. She
wept constantly for her child. And
finally the lawyer advised her and
her husband to-bring habeas corpus
proceedings.
The courtroom was crowded. Mrs.
Crouch appeared, with little Wood
row in her arms. Mrs. Arnold totter
ed when she saw them. But she went
on the stand and confessed her sin.
"It broke my heart when they took
him awayjrom me," she sobbed. "I
thought it"wouId only be for a little
While."
Even the men in the courtroom
wept. But Judge Jones decided that
the Arnolds had sacrificed their right
to the child and Woodrow belonged
to Mr. and Mrs. Crouch.
Back in their Springville home the
Couches loved the little boy more
than ever. But they were not so
happy. Always, day and night, they
saw the pale, young wife confessing
her shame on the witness stand, and
heard her saying:
"It broke my heart when they took
him away from me."
Just the other evening, after a long
silence, Mrs. Crouch said:
"I've been thinking, John, maybe
"we have no right "
"I'vebeen thinking about the same
thing, said John. Their eyes met
and it was settled. Together they
wrote a letter to Mrs. Arnold.
"Come and see your baby," it read.
She came as fast as trains could
bring her. And', as woman to woman,
she pleaded for her little son. Mrs.
Crouch's heart was won.
"Yes," she sobbed. "I guess YOU
love him most, because you brought
him into the world. Take him
along!"
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Bill .Sponged for
living
What do you think! Vanderbilt
University has "unreservedly" ac
cepted Carnegie's gift of a million
dollars.
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