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THE JEDGE SMUT 'EM ALL UP
BUT THE BABY
"Now, Charley, why doan't you
tell the jedge the truth? You know
that ain't so."
"Doan't you talk to me, woman.
You causes all the trouble in my
house. Jedge, that woman indulges
man wife in her devilment. She and
her boy and it's even got so bad that
my own two kids jumps me. Ah,
neveh hollohed befoh becuz ah tried
to make a woman out of mah wife
and it costs me a fortune."
"Hum! Where you get a fohtune?
You doan't make moan than thirteen
dollahs a week and you talks about
a fohtune. Why youh wants to get
rid of me and get alimony."
It was a colored controversy in the
Court of Domestic Relations, whither
Charles Cocolough. 2724 "Dearborn
st., had been dragged by an angry
wife and his mother-in-law. Char
ley's wife accused him of only giv
ing her $3 a week upon which to sup
port her two children. His mother-in-law
accused him of not paying the
rent. The colored lawyer accused
Charley's wife of spending that S3
allowance to get "paralyzed drunk"
and Charley's wife said she did drink,
but only when Charley worried her
and he was drunk all the time, and
Charley said he never "teched a drop"
though he worked as porter for a
saloonkeeper and was the best porter
the saloonkeeper ever had and the
"jedge could find out."
Then they all started again, but
mother-in-law raised her voice the
loudest and finally hushed the rest
"My deah man," she said to Judge
Fry, "I jests wants to tell you all
about this yere trouble. Charley and
Bessie is both to blame. He quar
rels with her because she drinks a
little and he drinks, too. Now this
quarrel to which the lawyer (scorn
fully) refers come about in this way:
"Charley comes home last Tues
day which is his payday and I says
to him. 'Charlev. the doctoh was vere
today.' Charley says, 'Ohyes, I owes J
him some money and "
"Don't go into everything that was
said, madam," Judge Fry interrupted.
"But jedge, it is necessary to tell
you in my own way. The next night
Charley comes home and says he to
me: 'Who gave dat doctor the place
where I vraz working?' I sez: 'Char
ley, I never done no such, thing ' "
"Never mind that, madam." A
" 'Well, he and Bessie had a set
to, and Bessie up and slaps him in
the face and then he grabs her by
the throat and I -finally separates
them and puts him in the hall, but
he wasn't put out of the houge and
all I asks is that he pays me the rent
'cause everything in the house is
mine, jedge, not a sheet belongs to
"Woman, you don't run that house
at all. That's mine and you goes and
lives there. I pays the rent"
"He neveh paid the rent. He owes
seven dollars "
"Mister, I can show you where ah
pays the rent."
"The landlord don't want you to
live in the house. Whah's youh hus
"Ah can get a husband if I wants
to marry "
"Huh, why don't you? You ain't
worked for fouh years, jest lived off
'Huh! You doan't keep your chil
dren.' You comes home drunk and
your wife has to put you to bed "
"She wouldn't put me to bed foh a
Two bailiffs succeeded in quieting
the three combatants, but the fourth,
the baby, couldn't be quieted with a
mallet or threats so the judge spoke
above the baby's wail. W
"Charley seems to be the best of
the two "
"Charley's a good sweet talker,
jedge," said mother-in-law.
"That woman ain't never earned
no money. She "
Charley has to pay the rent, the
grocery bill and give. Bessie three
dpllars a week.