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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1913, Image 6

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shop, 401 S. Ashland av. Chased
them and fell over his own dress suit
which they had stolen from shop.
Police searching for Mrs. Edmund
Lutterworth, 37fi5 Herndon av,, who
disappeared Tuesday
President Wilson by pressing but
ton in Washington opened Land
Show yesterday.
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GIRL ON DEATH COT TRIES TO
HELP OUST WHITE SLAVERS
Charleston, W. Va., Nov. 21. On
the verge of death from bichloride of
mercury poisoning, self-administered,
Ruth SteeL 19year-old moun
tain girl, once pretty but now ema
ciated, is testifying on a cot carried
into the courtroom, against George
Jordon, local business man, charged
with white slavery.
She told, in a voice so weak that
the nurse had to repeat her testimony
to the court, that Jordon had tele
graphed her while she was at Iron
ton, Ohio, to come to Charleston and
later followed up the telegram with
a visit She said he promised her
employment and paid her carfare and
expenses.
At this point in her testimony she
fainted and could not resume the
stand until today.
Federal authorities allege that the
Steel girl was brought here by Jor
don to be placed in- a resort run by
Rebecca Johnson, also under indict
ment, and that she was forcibly held
in the resort.
"It was the constant hounding of
that man that brought me to this,"
she is declared to have told the dis
trict attorney and Federal Investi
gator Fitzwater, spreading out her
thin hands and lifting her emaciated
face.
"When I finally got free of that
place, I wanted to be good again. My
sister took me back and I went to
live with her at Holley Grove, on
Paint Creek. I was like a bird out of
a cage and life was sweet again. I
always wanted to be good. God
knows I tried to live down my shame.
"Then this man came. He had al
ready been indicted. Under threats
and fear of everything that could
happen to a defenseless girl I had
signed a paper, an affidavit, they said
it was, clearing him and the woman
of the charge.
"In the face of death I am trying
to do something to put an end to
this traffic in girls that is sending
them to Hell," she cried.
"He said that if I went before a
court with my story they would send
me to the penitentiary. He said " e
could get a woman m the redlignt
district to swear to anything against
me. 'The courts can't get me,' he
told me, 'but they can get you.'
"He threatened me continually
with prosecution, death, everything.
It drove me crazy. I didn't know
what to do. I lived in fear of all that
I had escaped and more. Then it
was that I did the thing that they
say will finally kill me.
"But they can't make me tell any
thing but the truth now, can they?"
she asked, her big eyes lingering
helplessly in those of the big federal
officer, "they can't hurt me now."
Physicians say the girl is slowly
dying and there is no hope for her
recovery. It is declared she took the
poison because of the treatment she
received in the resort and the con
stant threats of Jordon.
The Robinson woman will be plac
ed on trial at the close of Jordon's
case.
CIGAR MAKERS STRIKE
Thirty-five members of the Pro
gressive Cigar Makers' Union of Chi
cago yesterday went out on strike
against the Peter Wahl & Comstock
Cigar Co., Madison street and Ogden
avenue, for higher wages and better
conditions. The company manufac
tures the "Cisneros" cigar.
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Farmer I hear there's a fine fat
pig for sale here. Can I see it? Boy
Fey-ther! Some one wants ter see
yer! 1 ' j
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