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braska and Georgia are a few of the
states in which it is restricted or pro
hibited. But the cruel and obsolete
law still remains as a black blot in
the statutes of New York state.
BY KENNETH Vv7iAYNE
New York, June 15. JAILED FOR
A TINY DEBT!
Torn frdm his starving family, his
wife penniless, his homeless children
ill, Samuel Sonnenschein has been
sentenced to three months in a steel
cage just for the "crime" of POV
ERTY! Just because he is too poor,
too unfortunate and friendless, to
pay a paltry sum of money to his
This is the case of amazing legal
iniquity whoch has shocked this en
tire'city the metropolis of the west
ern hemisphere raised echoes of
horror in far states of the union, and
will probably force an important
amendment to the constitution of
New York state.
For New Yorkers have suddenly
relized that that wicked relic of the
dark ages, a DEBTORS' PRISON, as
evil as the Spanish inquisition, and
long since abolished byrnearly every
progressive, civilised state In the
world, STILL EXISTS as a rotten
rudiment among their institutions of
Samuel Sonnenschein, victimized,
he is convinced, by shysters and an
alleged accident faker, was ordered
to pay a judgment for damages sus
tained by a child, who fell in the hall
of a building leased by him.
He was too poor to pay. There
upon, under the antiquated section
549 of the New York civil code, he
was thrown into prison! The law,
in effect, said to Sonnonschein: "To
'satisfy the debt which you are now
too poverty-stricken to pay, you shall
be rendered more destitute yet, your
job shall be taken from you, every
thing possible will be done to make
it harder than ever, for you to reim
burse your creditor!"
Attorney Abraham S. Gilbert, one
of the leading lawyers of New York,
told me today of a certain Pietro An
tonelli, who was arrested under this
wicked law last winter and put into r
The plaintiff then allowed the case
to lapse, Antonelli was too ignorant
and poor to procure legal redress, and
lay forgotten there in his cell until
late in March when Gilbert discov
ered his tragedy and secured his re
lease! Sheriff Max S. Grifenhagen of New
York, county declares that the Son
nenschein case, now so notorious
throughout the country, is even more
Samuel Sonnonschein was an hon
est, hard working, intelligent father
of five. He had come from Hungary
to this "promised land," in order that
his children might have a better ed-
ucation and a better chance. By
working all night as watchman, and '
half a day as janitor, he was earning
enough to give his brave little wife .
a comfortable existence, and to send
his children to school.
And the "liberty" the republic has
given him consists in what lawyers
call "the liberties of the jail," which
means that he can be let out on bail,
if charity provides it, but he can't
leave the county! A good job awaits
Sonnenschein in Brooklyn, but under
the wise law his family must starve
before" he can take it!
'PEACE HAT"! AND IT'S GROWNLESS, TOO!
Flag day the tlay which celebrates
American peace and unity was
chosen as appropriate day to launch
the 'Teace hat" ana the wings of
pie pacja-dore flattered atop; he
"heads ot many fashionable women in
the Flag- day procession on Lake
The "peace hat" which consists "
chiefly of two dove wings fastened to
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