LOVE F.OR SON AND HOME
CAUSES DOUBLE TRAGEDY
A story that in some respects re
sembles the tragic tale of "Madame
X" was enacted yesterday when Mrs.
Joseph Swager returned to the home
of her husband, who had thrust her
out three months before because of
his unjust suspicions, and was mur
dered by him.
Swager first became suspicious of
his wife while she was at a summer
resort with their little bpy, Walter.
He nursed the suspicions until they
became the basis of many quarrels,
the most bitter one about three
months ago, when he openly accused
his wife of posing as a single woman
and carrying on affairs with other
Mrs. Swager indignantly denied
the charge and turned for confirma
tion to her little son.
"It isn't true, papa," he cried, half
sobbing. "I was with mamma all the
time, and she told everybody about
our home here."
The result of the quarrel was that
Mrs. Swager left the home at 4037
Jackson boulevard, vowing never to
return, and she remained away until
yesterday, supporting herself by
working in a department store, but
the home-call was too strong for her,
and she returned.
Swager opened the door.
"I have come back," she said. "I
am very sorry."
The door slammed, and a few mo
ment later the neighbors heard
shriek after shriek, intermingled with
protestations of love and pleading or
Then there was silence.
A little later detectives who had
been summoned by the frightened
neighbors broke in the door. Swager
lay on the floor unconscious from al
cohol and loss of blood. He had
hacked at his throat, but his hand
was unsteady and the strokes were
not deadly. He will probably recover.
' In the bathroom the wife lay dead. I
There had been no faltering of the
husband's hand in her case. Inspired
by jealous, diabolical hatred, he had
almost severed the head from the
body, and her loosened hair lay mat
ted in her blood, while her disarrang
ed clothes were mute evidences of the
struggle she had made.
The police were bending over her
when a little face was pressed
against the window and looked, in
wide-eyed fright, for a few moments,
then disappeared. The magnet that
had drawn Mrs. Swager back to her
home, little Walter, had run away in
fright at the woman whose love for
him brought about her death.
The open season for hunters in the
woods may be over, but it's still open
for human beings on city street cross
ings. St. Louis cop stops open air speak
ing by suffragets. Then he squared
himself by signing the equal suffrage
petition to legislature. Wise cop.
The S. P. U. G. is a good, saving
proposition all right, but the kiddies
are all again' it.
Los Angeles lawyer has been cited
for contempt of court for filing a di
vorce complaint in the form of a
poem. There's usually more truth
than poetry in a divorce action.
Hen in Corvallis, Ore., weighing 5
pounds, has laid 303 eggs in past
year, weight 42 pounds. Some hen
to have around just at this time.
- "Harvester King" Deering has
passed over to eternal bliss. He was
worth about $50,000,000, when alive.
TO HELP FREE SPEAKERS
Friday night forty men were sent
out to Kansas City by I. W. W. Local
341 to help the Western fellow-workers
in their free speech fight. To
night 60 more are to be sent. The
police there have put about 150 I. W.
W.'s and Socialists in jail for insist- .
ing tn their right of liberty of
thought and speech.
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