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THIS IS THE WAY THAT "DEVIL-
CHILD" STORY IS RUMORED
The West Side of Chicago is play
ing a rather weird Hallowe'en game.
A story concerning the birth of a
devil-child to an unbelieving mother
has made its appearance and has
found many who think that it is true.
A mother, so the story runs, lay
on her death bed. She denied the ex
istence of the Almighty. The end
seemed neaj. Her husband had faith.
He didn't want to see her die railing
i against the God he believed. So he
called in a holy man to try and con
The good man came. He showed
her a picture of the Crucifixion. She
looked at it with a cold, cynical look.
Then she laughed bitterly.
"Take it away," she cried, and her
voice arose higher, "take it away. I
would sooner have a devil in my
The room suddenly darkened. And
then a streak of red light stole in.
The good man and the husband
watched it with religious awe. An
expression of fear and horror came
over the face of the woman on the
bed. She tried to close her eyes. She
couldn't The strange red light fas
cinated her. Then the light passed.
And lot a strange figure la? on the
bed beside the woman. The three
turned to look at it. A cry of agony
escaped the woman. The object on
the bed seemed half-devil, half-child.
The good man sank to his knees
and prayed. The husband turned his
face to the wall and moaned piteous
ly. Then he began to cry hysterically.
"Kill that thjng," he screamed.
"Great God, why have you done this
to me. Kill it, I say."
-But the good man merely prayed.
The husband, frantic with grief, pick
ed up a club and rushed toward the
Then the strange little thing stood
suddenly erect He looked queerly at
the husband, and the man stopped.
The devil-child spoke, and Iris voice
sounded as old as the world.
"Kill me, and you'll have seven
more like me."
The husband fainted.
Several people believe this story. A
report was spread in that mysterious
underhand manner that the devil
child was taken to Hull House. Sev
eral hundred telephone inquiries have
been received there.
"I suppose some deformed baby
was born somewhere on the West
Side," said Miss Jane Addams, head
of the settlement house, "but to see
,the way otherwise, intelligent people
let themselves be carried away by
the ridiculous story is simply aston
ishing. If I gave you the names of
some professional people including
clergymen Who have asked me
about it, you simply wouldn't believe
The police of the Maxwell street
and the. Desplaines street stations
have turned away several people who
come to the station looking for in
formation. One old woman came into the Des
plaines street station and claimed
that she knew the story was true,
that the family lived, on Waverly
court. An investigation was made
and nothing found.
Capt Thomas F. Meagher of the
Desplaines street district said several
people said the baby was born in a
house near the north end of Douglas
THE BUND BAGGAGE