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TOO MANY FOLKS ARE WILLING TO JUMP ON
A PERSON WHEN THEY'RE DOWN AND OUT
BY JANE WH1TAKER
- They called her "Mary Doe" in the
warrant charging her with contribu
ting to the delinquency her 8-year-old
daughter by taking men into the
room she and the child occupied, men
she was alleged to have solicited.
They called her by another name
yesterday in the court of domestic
relations, where s"he stood on trial on
this charge, her face tear-streaked
and swollen, .her hair almost white
though she will be 28 in January, her
form gaunt and her arms thin, her
hands the unlovely hands of the toil
er, but the name they called her by
in the court is the name by which
she is known to the friends of her
little daughter and to the people for
whom she has worked and who know
her as a "hard-working woman who
iscrazy over her little girl and keeps
her so immaculate," and to the peo
ple who respect her and who will
never know that she is the "Mary
Doe" mentioned in the warrant, and
so she shall still be called "Mary
Doe" in this story.
Near her in the courtroom, listen
ing to her as "she talked, was the
daughter of 8, a dainty lit,tle thing
with a flower-like face, a clean, pink
dress, and her bobbed hair caught up
with pink ribbon. Her blue eyes were
red-rimmed with tears also, and she
gazed appealingly and affectionately
at "Mary Doe."
The juvenile officer told the begin
ning of the story. Someone had tele
phoned to her that a woman and a
child were occupying a room in a
hotel on West Van Buren street with
a man registered as the woman's
husband,' but the woman had been
seen soUcitinjg, and it was known that
two different men had occupied the
room with her and the child.
The keeper of the hotel had said
that the woman and child and a man
had registered there as man and wife
and the man bad been there tvr
nights. On the third night the wom
an came in with another man and,
questioned, she said the first man had
been her brother, but the second was
her husband, and the second man
registered with her under still anoth
"What have you to say?" asked
The woman answered in a low;
voice. "My husband died five years
ago. I've worked hard ever since. I
worked all my life because my moth
er took mc out of school as spon as
she could put me to work. After my
husband died I worked sometimes all
night and started again the next day '
at noon and I lived with my mother.'
"A short time back work got hard'
to find and a week ago my mother
quarreled with me and put my little
girl and me on the street I didn't
have any money nor any place to go.1
I didn't think about soliciting, but we.
were on the street, walking around'
at 2 o'clock in the morning.
"I said something to my little girl
and a man who was passing asked"
me if I spoke to him. I told him f
didn't, and he asked me where I was"
going at that time in the morning, i
told him I didn't have any place to
go and he said he'd get a place foi
me to put up that night
"I was tired and my little girl was!
tired and we hadn't any place to go'
and just at first I didn't think whaf
he meant I thought maybe he meant
he would get my little girl and me a
place and not mean anything by it,
but that wasn't what he meant He'
took us to that place and he register
ed as my husband and he stayed twd A
nights. " w'
"I didn't know what 'to do when hf
went We had to live. I didn't think'
about it being wrong or about whaf
he meant to the baby. I was doing
it for us both. I did get another man.
I don't want to be bad. I'm willing
Jto -work WhJ (afce. care Qt my UW
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