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fitful love. She forsook the quiet
harbor of honorable marriage to
wreck her life upon the reef of un
lawful passion. And the sins of the
mother were visitel upon the chil
dren, the two pitiful babies, whose
death was much kinder than life
would have been if they had grown
up under the shadow of illegitimacy.
Ida Walters Rogers knew SHAME.
Its biting acid had eaten into her
heart during the years she had lived
openly with Rogers in a world which
knew she was not his wife. The poi
son of detraction and contempt was
stirred into her daily life. Its bitter
ness was always on her lips. And
when she heard from the man she
loved that her two babies were con
demned to a lifetime in the shameful
shadows, is it any wonder the mad
thought came to her that death
would be more kind to them, poison
less bitter? Let no one think this
woman killed in her sane mind.
No sane mother kills. And yet it is
part of the instinct of motherhood to
destroy its young in the face of a
A lioness will eat her cubs, a moth
er dog devour her puppies if she
thinks danger threatens them. And
this mad act of destruction has its
origin in the mother's beautiful in
stinct to protect to save her young.
And, sometimes the mother has to
eat her young to save them from the
marauding male to whom they owe
Ida Rogers is of this type of moth
er. We women who think before we
act, reason before we love, who dwell
in the temperate zone of the affec
tions and know nothing of the equa
torial storms of lawless passion may
not understand her wholly.
But we know that if she is guilty
there is a man more guilty and that
she has paid dearly and doubly for
sins which were not hers alone.
SHOULD THIS WOMAN DIE IN
THE ELECTRIC CHAIR?
You have read Nixola Greeley-
Smith's story of Ida Walters "Rog
ers." Is she guilty of murder as mur
der is defined by law?
Or is she guilty of a mother's pas
sion to slay her young in the face of
danger as defined by Nixola Greeley-Smith?
Should this unfortunate creature
be legally killed?
Or should she be saved from death
in the electric chair?
If you think her life should be
spared clip out the following petition
and mail it to District Attorney Mar
tin, New York City, N. Y.
AUTO CRUSHED BETWEEN TWO
CARS TWO KILLED
In an attempt to get ahead of one
car by stealing between it and an
other coming in an opposite direction
an auto was wrenched to pieces last
night, 2 youths were killed and 3
Alfred Sorenson, 1802 N. Western
av., and Arthur Sodman, 2452 Cort
land St., are dead.
Prank Arrighl, Charles Wittig and
William Dorstaad are on the verge of
death in the hospital.
The accident occurred at Milwau
kee and Armitage. One of the street
cars was knocked from the tracks.
Women were cut by flying glass and a
panic ensued. In the search for the
injured the gasoline tank was ignit
ed. An explosion hurt many more.
The coroner's office and the police
INNOCENT NEGRO HUNG
Jackson, Miss., Jan. 25. Special
from Vicksburg, Miss., says:
"Forty-eight hours after Ed John
son, a negro, had been lynched in the
suburbs of this, city for the theft of
the animal, a cow owned by a farmer
near here returned home. The cow
had merely strayed. Johnson was ar
rested by a constable and was being
brought to Vicksburg, when taken by
the mob and strung up."