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TRUTH SOMETIMES D.OES PROVE A GREAT DEAL STRANGER
THAN FICTION HERE IS AN INSTANCE
BY JANE WHITAKER
Truth is indeed" stranger than fiction, and this is a tale which, had it
been submitted as fiction to a magazine, would have been rejected as too
highly improbable, ,yBt-ijrunraveled itself in the very prosaic surroundings of
the Chicago police station.
Last Saturday night a jnan by the name of Reugg presented himself,
with his wife Daisy, and complained that two people with whom they were
living at 507 North State street had threatened them with a revolver.
The police brought in the other couple, a man who calls himself John
Schuhman, and Katy Schreiber, 25, who was living with him, also Katy's
two children. ,
And then the queer story was told to an almost incredulous court
Katy Jived until January 9 last in Newark, New Jersey, with her hus
band, whom ;Bhe calls "Pa," probably because he is the father of her two
children and certainly not because of his age, which is only 32.
Quite a little time ago, staid married life palled on Katy, and she looked
around for an affinity. She found John Schuhman, who was at least in an
equal position with herself, as he had a wife arid two children. Also he was
the prospective father of a third.
Now Katy had a friend, the said Daisy Reugg, and Katy says Daisy told
her that she, too, had a clandestine
lover. Whereupon Katy resolved up
on a very unique affinity-moon.
She took $351 she had saved out of
money "Pa" had allowed her for
household expenses, and she instruct
ed Daisy to buy herself some suit
cases and any slight finery which ap
pealed to her, and to meet Katy and
her affinity in New York, where the
soulmates would take a train for Chi
cago at Katy's expense.
Daisy cheated. She appeared at
the statipn ail right, and she had with
her twgrsuitcase she had bought out
of Katy's mpney,-but she did not have
her alleged affinity. Instead she
claims Qie" niari with her is her hus
band. ButlCaty was game. With her two
children: 4nd Schuhmann and Daisy
and her .husband, the affinity-moon
traveled io Chicago and located itself
at the State street address, where
Katy generously gave the.Rueggs the
front room and took the' rear one for
herself, her two children and her af
finity. Things went on quite merrily while
Katy's money lasted. Nobody
thought about the 'morrow. Neither
did anybody go to wdrk. They just
Schumann's wife wrote pleading,
tearful letters begging him to return.
His sister said she was working and
scraping to get him his warfare, but
Schuhmann stayed on.
Then the money gave out and
starvation faced the six. To be sure
Schuhmann pawned Katy's watch for
$3 and her we'dding ring for $1.50,
but that did not .keep hunger pangs
from attacking their stomachs.
Then Katy wrote to "Pa" and ask
ed him for some money. "Pa" wrote
back begging Katy to return and all
would be forgiven, and he enclosed
$30, but before the money arrived,
Ruegg, grown desperate, is alleged
to have carried two butcher knives
into the apartment of Katy and her
affinitv and threatened to carve them
up unless the wherewithal for food
was forthcoming. .
So, when the $30 was received,
Schuhmann invested soine of it in a
revolver and a box of cartridges. and
made counter threats.
Bpth the men.have been sent to the
Bridewell. Mrs. ReuggTwho seems