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SEVEN DOLLARS CHANGE A WEEK OR A
, CHANGE OF MIND FOR .WILLIAM
V BY JANE WHITAKER
Furniture on the installment plan that and the fact that a bartender
can drink more than his wife thinks he should was the cause of a separa
tion and maintenance suit by Mrs. Louise Knaak against William Knaak.
William is, and has been for a number of years, a bartender. Louise
claims that one saloon where he tended bar went into bankruptcy, but
William-says he is not responsible for this.
Louise' and William, lured by the advertisements of let-us-furnish-your-dove-nest-at-so-much-a-week,
thought matrimony was an easy thing on a
$14 salary, so they bought $259-worth of furniture and started in to be
The first fly in the ointment was that William, according to Louise,
stayed out too late at night and he was always intoxicated, but the worst
thing was that he didn t give her
enough money to keep up . the in-
rtnilmnnt ,3 Vir "iron
stallment payments, and the "gentle-j
men collectors" were real sassy toj
. She claims she told William of thisJ
but he did not resent it in fact, he
showed an absolute indifference. So,
after she had paid .$52 on the bill and
was in arrears, and the company told
her they would take the furniture
away, she lost heart and moved herj
own possessions out, leaving William!
minus a home.
The stories dp not quite agree
about this. William, who has become'
a vindictive cuss, says that Louise de
liberately called up that nice furni-4
ture house that wouldn t have mind
ed their being in arrears at all, and
told them to take back their old furn
nitiire, as she. was going to leave the;
place. And William is sure he never
knew they were in arrears.
In the three years the husband and
wife have been separated, William j
has never gone to the home of his
wife's mother to see his little baby I
He says this is because Mrs.
Krause, his mother-in-law, threaten
ed to. spit in his face. But Mrs.
Krause says this is a gross libel, and
she grew quite excited over it.
' And another discrepancy Louise
contends that Williams had the nasty
habit many husbands employ of
andinjj a wife, fifty QQnts one day,
a dollar another, and so forth, and
asking her what she did with' the
quarter he let her have last week.
William says that far from this,
he gave her all of his $14 every Sat
urday with the exception of oije sin.
gle dollar that he kept for himself,
and, being a bartender, and the
drinks on the house, welt
William really had grown real
nasty. He told the judge that Louise
left him because she said she was
born for a good time and wouldn't
spend her life looking at four walls,
and when the judge impatiently re
minded him that Louise, young, pret
ty, clever, is out working by tie day,
living at home with her mother and
having her mother mind the baby
girl, William wouldn't retract a sin
gle step, but even grew a little more
Judge Tuthill gave him a talking
to. He advised him to furnish a home
again,' even if it were only three
krooms and take his pretty little wife
and his little daughter home and
make them happy.
But William said it wpuld be im
possible to forget the p'ast he was
sure when they were sitting at the
table it would rise to confront them
"You are an intelligent looking
man," jpursued the judgerelentlessly,
''and I am surprised that you should
come into this court and tell such a
story about your wife. I do not be-