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MRS. DIETZ BREED
STATE ADMITS CAN'T
YOUTH FACES GIBBET
BLAMES LIFE OF
THE DAY BOOK
An Adiess Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, TgggsLk ' 'Tel. Monroe 353.
Editor and Publisher., afggj-g Automatic 51-422.
500 Souftft' Peoria StT 398" " By Msil, 50 Cents a Month
VOL.3, NO. 142
Chicago, Monday,-March 16, 1914
JURY SAYS LOPAGE GIRL IS NOT
GUILTY WHO STEALS FROM FIELD'S
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Margaret McManus Admitted She Stole $50 From Mar?
shall Field Store -Lawyer Pleads Low Wages
Places Guilt on Store Jury . Finds
, . , :Girl Not Guilty
' BY N. D. COCHRAN
A Chicago jury.on Saturday gave the world something new in the way
of justice 1y -rendering a verdict that .smacked -of justice, but completely
ignored .the law. :
It might be called soclaL justice, .as opposed to the old-fashioned legal
thing thai came down to us from the laws of Moses. (
A young woman stole $50 from a department store and admitted that
she had taken the mbney. The verdict of the jury, in effect, was that 6je
guilt of the department sfore in paying less than a living wage was greater
than the guilt of the girl who stole vrather than do the other thing and
hence, .having the lesser, guilt, the girl 'was not guilty at all.
And her lawyer put that issue squarely up to the jury.
Margaret McManus, now about 24years old, had struggled along in de
partment stores and other low-wage; institutions, that. grind human, soul
and.bodies into dollars since early glrlnbod -' . ' 1,