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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1913, Image 1

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CHARGES GIGANTIC PLOT IS ON TO ABSORB
ALL INDEPENDENT 'PHONE COMPANIES
THE MY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, gggg Tel. Monroe 353.
Editor and Publisher. T;v Automatic 51-422.
500 South Peoria St 398 By Mail, 50 Cents a Month.
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VOL 3, NO. 47
Chicago, Friday, Nov. 21, 1913
ONE CENT
DIARY KEPT BY GIRL THIEF BRING
OUT HUT SENSATIONAL SECRET
Human Document Kept by Seventeen-Year-Old Hattie,
Chabowska Explains Why She Stole $175 Worth of
Pretty Trifles Also Causes Prominent Social
Workers to' Plead for GirVs Release
If it hadn't been for the diary, this
story would probably have been, en
tirely different. Just the tale of a
girl thief who confessedly she. stole
$175 worth of pretty trifles and who
was sentenced to- prison in conform
ance with the law.
But they did find the' diary. And
it was such a pitiful human document
that several prominent social work
ers will plead in court that the judge
release on parole seventeen-year-old
Hattie Chamowska.
Hattie Chabowska is a Httle
"sweatshop" girl, at least that is the
way she began her struggle toward
self-maintenance, when she was
fourteen years old.
Her mother is dead, and according
to the diary, her father, who deserted
her, is bad. But she had a sister,
Irene, "so good that I don't care for
the fellows." That, however, was
when Hattie was fourteen.
Today she 'is seventeen, and the
pitiful record she kept of her life tells
the story of gradual inability to keep
up the struggle with poverty.
Hattie made buttonholes at three
cents a hole. And she had a girl
friend.
This is an extract from the human
document:
"I was fourteen years old when I
started to work for a buttonhole
maker by the name of Joseph Brown
stein. Irene, my sister, took m
there. It-was severimonths since ms
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