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t'onv Dcat't YOU think th?t the dwner of the paper in which she read that
advertisement owes that poor woman $500?
Wouldn't YOU like to read an editorial by Arthur Brisbane, in Hearst's
Chicago Examiner, on this particular case?
I would. And I dare Brisbane to write it.
GIRL KEPT IN" JAIL WHILE
FATHER IS BURIED
Judge Mahoney sentenced Mrs.
Mary Jones, 26 East Twenty-third
street, to three months in jail and a
fine of $10, because she stole a black
shirtwaist and a veil to wear to the
funeral of her father.
Mary Jones had been working in
a restaurant until she was taken
sick. Jn the restaurant she wore
white waists, and when she received
a telegram that her father had died
at Tallula, Illinois, she had just
enough money for her railroad fare
but she hadn't anything to wear that
would show a daughter's respect for
a dead father.
They arrested her Saturday night.
She had stolen a black waist and
the veil from Mandel Bros, and she
was arrested in her room while she
was getting ready to go away.
Saturday night and all day Sunday
she spent in jail. This is almost as
curious as the sentence lhat was im
posed on her under the circum
stances, for Judge Mahoney had re
ceived quite a little publicity due to
his expressed sympathy for the men
arrested Saturday night who miss
their Sunday dinners if they are kept
in jail. In fact, the judge has let
men go on their own recognizance
and repeated this after he found that
few of these men didn't bother "com
ing back-" But Mary stayed in jail
all day Sunday.
Monday she stood before the judge.
The two store detectives of one of
the biggest department stores stood
there, also. They only had to tell
their story. "We caught her stealing
a black shirtwaist and a black veil."
Mary did not try to deny it, instead
she sobbed out a story about it being
her first offense, and she didn't have
the money to buy mourning and she
couldn't go home to her father's fu
neral wearing a white shirtwaist-n
would seem like insulting him, and
the last thing she could do' was to
show him respect -before they put him
in the ground and she had never
stolen before, but she was desperate,
crazy, she just couldn't go to her
father's .funeral without a black waist
and a veil.
The detective admitted that she
was a "new one" at the game, and
then Judge Mahoney passed sentence.
"The death of your father does not
excuse crime. Three months in the
House of Correction and fine of $10."
Well, perhaps it doesn't matter.
Mary's father was buried Sunday
while she was lying in the jail that is
not fit for drunks and disorderlies,
and the people at home are perhaps
speculating why Mary didn't come
and declaring that the girl who gets
in Chicago never comes to any good
end anyway, and she just likevas not
forgot she had a father
"Three months in the House of
SPENCER TO FIGHT
Henry Spencer, on trial in Whea
ton for the murder of Mrs. Rexroat,
will throw out his confession and at
tempt to prove that he wasn't in
Wayne, DJ., the night of the murder.
This much became known through
questions asked prospective jurors by
his attorney, Anton Zeman.
While this news might sound start
ling to those who haye, read of his
many confessions and his desire to
difr on the gallows, it is said that
Spencer will only fight the case be
cause he ha;s been assured that if
they find him guilty under the "not
guilty" plea he will be assured of the