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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 25, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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GIRL'S STORY WOULD MAKE MOVIE THRILLER
OF COURSE, THERE IS A MAN IN IT
BY JANE WHITAKER
' Romance blooms eternal in the human heart, and often when life is
prosaic and drab our imaginations are most active coloring it with vivid
dreams.
Men enjoy fancying that in some crisis they would prove to be heroes.
Women, more given to sentimentality, like to fancy that they have inspired
deep and hopeless loves, but few of us ever let these dreams go beyond our
own knowledge.
Anna Sponder, a girl of nineteen with slumberous brown eyes,, full lips
that are very red and petulant, is romantic, but according to the Belief of
her mother and of Captain Meagher of the Desplaines street station there
isn't anything more than romance back of the story she tells that would
make a veritable thriller for a moving picture scenario.
I talked to Anna while she sat on the cot in her cell. She was very ad
verse to talking to me. I did not look at all romantic, and I had to show a
keen interest in thrilling abductions before she consented to tell me the
story.
Of course there is a man in it. His name is Felix Selyak, and Anna has
him placed in the romance as the man who loves her to a degree of insane
jealousy, and who also loves her
hopelessly, since she is sure she will
never make him happy by marrying
him.
According to Anna, jealous rages
have caused Felix many times to
threaten to take her away where she
would never see men any more, and
she is positive in her assertion that
thft mmpriminp rIip rolntAS was
brought about by Felix in order that j
he might carry out his jealous pur
pose. There is a struggle in an office
building, whither Anna says she had
gone to get back pay front; Simnionds
& Simmonds, binders. The firm, how
ever, say that Anna has not worked
there since last November and that
she did not draw any money Satur
day. Anna says she got $10 and put
it with the $9 she already had in her
stocking.
The scene for the abduction is
splendidly laid. There is an office
building deserted. The elevator is
not running. Two swarthy men have
followed Anna from the street. As
she walks down the stairs and is al
most at the bottom they spring upon
her. A handkerchief with chloroform
is pressed tp her nose and she can
not struggle.
There is a touring car outside
what modern romance is complete
without a touring car and into this
car, in the middle of the day, at the
busy corner of Dearborn and Van
Buren streets, Anna is led by her cap
tors in a half conscious condition.
Felix, the villain, is inside the auto,
leaning back in true villain-ish man
ner, smiling with a diabolical "You-are-mine-now-Fair-Lady"
smile.
The chloroform was still pressed to
Anna's nostrils, yet, though she could
not struggle, she knew the car went
on the boulevard and that it turned
west. And then came darkness.
The story shifts to Sunday. The
setting is a little room in the build
ing at Madison and Halsted street.
Anna has become conscious several
times during the night, but she has
been too weak to move, though she
does manage in the dark to write a
postal card and the writing is in
splendid alignment and very distinct.
It is a call for "help, and Anna slips
it under the door into the corridor.
Again comes unconsciousness. No

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