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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 15, 1913, Image 4',
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YOUNG GIRL TRIES SUICIDE AS
WAY OUT OF DEGRADATION
Rose Kathrun Hovanitzr 18 years
old, lies dying in the Lakeside Hos
pital from poison self-administered,
that she might escape the degrada
tion of her life.
Of all the men with whom she has
come in contact there seems to have
been but One who respected her wo
manhood and did not degrade it.
She worked as film checker for
the Laemmle Film Company, and the
night manager, John E. Fallis, was,
according to her story, the only one
who tried to guide the girl out of
the morass in which she had stum
bled. "My father attacked me," she said.
"I could not live at home unless I
submitted to his outrages, and so I
would not go home.
"Then I met a detective. He told
no his name was 'Brooks' and that
was from the Ghicago avenue po
lice station. He took me to a hotel
au he registered as Mr. and Mrs.
"I was ashamed of what I was do
ing, but I couldn't do anything else.
I was ashamed to have Mr. Fallis
know how I was living, but he want
ed me to go home and stay there
until I could be married.
"I wouldn't go home, and so he
let me stay at his place that night
because he was working at night and
he said he would take me home the
"But I got thinking about it all,
and it seemed so terrible to be a girl
and go on living, so I took the poison.
"And now all I want to do is to
bring to justice the men who have
wronged me, and then I will be glad
to die, and know that it is all over."
Jom Fallis, who lives at 3900 Cot
tage Grove av., was arrested because
the girl was found in his room.
When interviewed by a reporter,
he told the following story:
"Rose worked for the Laemmle-
people and I met her there. I felt
sorry fqr her. About two weeks ago 1
she lost her job, but she did not tell
her people and she did not go home.
Her folks asked me why she did not
"One night I met her and begged
her to go home, and as we were talk
ing, this fellow she called 'Brooks',
came up. I told her in front of him
that I thought the best plage for her
was with her people, but she said she
had a date with Brooks, and she left.
"She told me her father had at
tacked her and she said that was the
reason she did not want to go home.
"It seems that as soon as she left
Laemmle's, she met or had known a
man by the, name of Lang, married,
but not living with his wife, though
he is the father of a child of about
seven or eight years.
, "This fellow got her to leave home
and promised he would take her to
New Orleans and make a singer of
her, according to the story she told
"What happened between them I
do not know, but he was the real
cause, I believe, of her quitting home.
"She telephoned to me one day
last week, and I met her and told her
once more to go home. She said she
wouldn't and she had no place to go.
So I let her come up to my room and
spend the night becau.se I work at
night, and I was going to take her
home the next morning.
"That night she swallowed bichlor
ide of mercury."
"HOW ABOUT OUR JOBS?"
Editor of Day Book:
Please ask the question in Day
Book if Sears, Roebuck & Co. will re
tain those in their employ after they
have contributed to the Associated
Charities, as there are notices up and
envelopes ready for the help to con
tribute. The question is, will those
people be sure of their job after they
have done as required?
One of the Many.
More than 100,000 women pay
taxes in Michigan.