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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 27, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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SPEED SYSTEM DRIVE3 GIRL
FROM HER HOME
Margaret Shaw is not yet 16,
though she has worked in factories
for quite a little whiter Her last job
was with C. W. Braithwaite Co., 612
Canad street, who hired her at $6.50
a week and discharged her at the
end of the first week because "she
wasn't fast enough" when they tried
to speed her up.
This way the first job Margaret
had lost for such a reason and she
didn't know how to break the news
to her parents, so she concluded
Thursday night when she took her
pay envelope home, she wouldn't
say anything about it at least not
yet.
Friday morning did not find her
with any more courage, so she left
her home at -2639 W. 23d street at
the usual hour, and walked the
streets all day.
But she hadn't any more courage
Friday night in fact, she had less.
The more she thought over the "dis
grace" of being fired, the more ter
rible it seemed and the less possible
to tell about it.
So she started out again at the
usual time on Saturday morning.
But she had a definite purpose on
Saturday. There wasn't any use
hunting a job; she couldn't find one.
Neither could she keep on going out
in the morning and returning home
at night unless there was a job.
Neither could she tell about the "dis
grace." So she was running away.
She rode on a car as-far as La
Grange, then she walked aimlessly
along the country road until she
grew hungry.
Hunger is a condition that justifies
any expedient to relieve, so Margaret
accosted a farmer, found she was in
Napierville, 111., told him a story of
being an orphan without a home, in
fact, elaborated the story so well that
before she finished she had provided
herself a regular Cinderella role,
minus the stepmother. Her sisters
had sold the furniture and .hadn't
-given her a cent of the money, she
had no where to go and she didn't
know what she would do. The farm
er, Anthony Fender, was so deeply
touched that he took Margaret to
his home and placed her in the tend
er care of his wife until he could
investigate her story.
Meanwhile, Margaret's family, and
especially her mother, were worry
ing over her absence and had noti
fied the police, but no trace of Mar
garet could be found and the disap
pearance threatened to become the
usual mystery, when homesickness
prompted the little girl for a girl
of 16 is still a "little girl" to write
to her cousin and asked that the
cousin "let the folks know."
Tuesday morning Mrs. Walsh con
veyed the glad tidings that she knew
where Margaret was to the police.
The.y informed her that Juvenile Of
ficer Wm. McDermott was in charge
of the case, but a telegram would be
sent to Napnerville to get further
information and a detective would be
sent for the girl.
At 12 o'clock, Mrs. Shaw, growing
impatient for news, telephoned to the
police and was told her daughter
would be in the Juvenile Court at 2
o'clock.
However, Margaret wasn't there
then, and McDermott, when finally
located, said something about it
"costing $30" and "legal complica
tions" and other airy nothings which
convinced the mother that if she
wanted Margaret she would have to
make the trip herself.
Wednesday afternoon Mrs. Shaw
brought Margaret home.
o o
Eastern lavmakers are consider
ing a revision of the criminal code to
provide suitable penalty for egg stealing.
o o
New Haven railroad directors say
they're sorry that dividend had to be
passed up. It's a cinch they are not
half as sorry as the stockholders.

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