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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 30, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 24',
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HE TALKED HIMSELF IN JAIL
HIGH LIFE WRECKS HOME
Alexander Thompson, 19, 3442
Pierce av., has a confiding nature. He
tells his troubles to strangers, but
yesterday in the court of domestic
relations he picked-out the wrong
stranger and it cost Alexander his
choice of a year in the House of Cor
rection or a surety bond that he
would pay his wife $6 a week.
Alexander admitted he abandoned
his wife fiecause he says he spent the
night with his mother and father and
when he got home from work the
next day found his wife Agnes lying
on the bed clutching a bottle of pois
on with which she said she intended
to commit suicide. Alexander said
he figured if she died it would have
been blamed on him, so he quit.
"This boy doesn't intend to do the
right thing by his wife," said the
stranger to whom Alexander con
fided. "He sat beside me in the court
room and leaned over and asked me
if it was possible to get off an in
dividual bond and go away. I warn
ed him he had better not confide in
me, but he clearly showed his inten
tion of going away if he is released
on bond." The stranger was the
lawyer of Alexander's wife.
"You ought to have a good spank
ing," Judge Fisher told Alexander.
"You haven't a single reason for
abandoning your wife. Since I can
not give you what you need I am
going to order you to pay $6 a week
for the support of your wife and
baby and furnish a surety bond. In
case of failure to furnish the bond
you will go to the House of Correc
tion for one year."
Alexander raised his brows in sur
prise and then he said to the bailiff:
"Take me away," and he swaggered
to the bull pen.
"High life" was blamed by George
K. Straberger, 4614 Kenmore av., for
his domestic unhappiness. He show
ed Judge Fisher a letter written by
the father of his wife Elsie to him in
which the wife's father thanked his
son-in-law for his kindness to Elsie,
but advised him to "let her go now
as you can do nothing for her," and
said she had spent $2,000 belonging
to her father.
"I have forgiven her several times,"
George said. "One night I found her
in a cabaret at 1 o'clock at night.
She had been drinking and was with
a boisterous crowd. I gave her an
other chance then, but she doesn't
seem happy in domestic life. She
wants high life."
Judge Fisher asked George to
pay $5 a week for the support of his
wife pending the filing of divorce
papers, which George agreed to do.
Josie Conerty, wife of Frank Con
erty, 4448 Wabash av., preferred hav
ing her husband in the Bridewell than
out and supporting her. Frank's
brother brought him back into court
after he had been in the Bridewell
two days and offered to sign George's
bond that he would pay his wife $5
a week so long as he worked for his
"Why didn't you leave him where
he was?" Mrs.Conertyasked. "That's
the place for him. If you'd let him
alone and not help him out he'd have
to get a job," and then she muttered
other things until Frank told her to
"cut out the scannal." Frank was
permitted to go on his brother's sign
ing his bond.
"Are you going to have a garden;
"No," replied Mr. Growcher. "a
isn't my turn to make a garden. I'm"
going to keep chickenB this year and3,
let my neighbors make the garden.'-'