The Queen of the tenderloin, the
woman who-gave orders to gover
nors, had been strangled to death in
her own bedroom.
And a little away from her body
lay, a magnificently dressed doll.
The women of the house wept
when they saw that doll.
"Cherry never was without that
doll," said one. She had to have it
whenever she was alone. I think she
loved jt I think she thought of
it as her baby the baby she had left
alone and helpless."
The police had not heard about the
baby before. They asked the woman
to tell all she knew.
"It isn't much," she said. "I know
the baby is a big girl now. I know
she is living somewhere in Illinois
with a. good family.
"Cherry was deserted' by the fath
er So she deserted the baby. But
she never forgot. She had people in
Illinois who reported to her on the
girl's progress all through these
. "I think she longed to see her child
more than anyone knew. But she
would not go to see her for fear the
girl .might find out.
. "So when she thought about the
girl she used to go up to her bedroom
a'nd' hug and cuffdle that doll. The
doll slept with her every night."
The police found stocks and bonds
to the value of almost a million dol
lars in the name of Cherry St.
Maurice in the banks of Sacramento
and San Francisco. The Queen of
the tenderloin had never forgotten
9 ' the vow of the deserted girl and
mother to make the buyers pay heav
ily in gold as red as her shame for
So the, .administrator of the estate
has wired the authorities In Illinois
to spare no money to find the daugh
ter of Cherry St. Maurice, possessor
of millions, queen of shame.
And the daughter?
Perhaps she will not touch the
money if she is found and told.
SHOOTING MAY MEAN SOLVING
OF ACQUES MURDER
Eugene Villella, shot and probably
fatally wounded early today by
Frank Cara, 903 W. Taylor street,
may be the means of solving the
murder of James Acques, Italian res
Following an interview with Detec
tives Riccio and De Vito, Assistant
Chief of Police Schuettler dispatched
three members of his staff on a se
cret mission. It was reported that
Villella, who was said to be friendly
with Nicholas and Anthony Desa
mone and Leonard Carvelli, who
have been sought by the police since
the murder of Acques, had told the
police where the three suspects could .
Detectives claimed that Villella was
the collector for a Black Hand gang,
which may have had some connec
tion with the secret society responsi
ble for the slaying of Acques.
According to Frank Cara, who shot
Villella, he has given the wounded t
man $175 in the last few weeks, fol
lowing the receipt of threatening let-
ters. He said Villella demanded more ;
money last night, and, when refused, f
made threats. Cara drew a revolver j
and fired, the bullet striking Villella
in the abdomen. He was taken to
the County Hospital.
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BUSINESS MEN BACK MINERS
Calumet, Mich., July 29. Striking t
copper miners today received sup-
port of business men of strike dis
Prominent citizens wired Governor
Ferris, asking him to either withdraw
troops or come to strike district and
make a personal investigation. i
Union officials asked mine owners t
tqjiallow withdrawal of troops today.
Mine owners replied grimly that they
were going to Import strikebreakers
and thugs and that therefore "the ;
soldiers would yet be needed."
One Calumet mine, heavily guard- )
ed by soldiers, is being partly worked
today. . j
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