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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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SOCIETY, NOT I, SMOTHERED MY BABY, SAYS
DESERTED GIRL MOTHER
BY IDAH M'GLONE GIBSON
Brooklyn, N. Y.f April 19. "I did
not smother my baby!
"It was society society repre
sented by my lover, my family, my
friends and all the cold, outside
world!"
This is the charge again society
made by Bertha Lays, a slender
blonde girl of 21, "who will be ar
raigned April 20 on a charge of
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smothering to death her ten-weeks'-old
child.
It was the old, old story of a wom
an's love and betrayal that I listened
to from Bertha, and the story raised
the old, old question of:
"What could I do?
"You see," she said, looking at
me with great blue eyes filled with
unshed tears, "I loved him and he
said he loved me. I lived in a fool's
paradise for months. One evening
he stayed away and the next he still
did not come. I was very unhappy,
but did not get desperate until I
learned I was to become a mother
"Oh, the nights I put in looking
into the future and seeing only dis
grace. "What could I do?
"I did not dare tell any one. I
worked on until one day, in the
evening, my "baby girl was born.
"Then my mother told me I could
not stay at home any longer. As
soon as I was able I got out
"Waht could I do?
"No one wanted me. No one want
ed my baby.
"I asked some of the charities to
take me and my baby, but they said
they would have to investigate first.
Meantime my baby and I would
starve.
"I rented a room and that' night
oh, I don't know what I did that
night I only know that my heart
broke,and that in the morning my
baby was dead.
"Society the kind of society that
judges me so harshly smothered
my baby girl more surely than I who
mercifully put the pillow over her
little wailing mouth.
"I put her little body on some clean
linen in a bureau drawer and kept
it there for more than a week. I
just couldn't give her up.
"Finally I knew I had to, so I put
the body in a suitcase and went
wandering around the city, trying to
leave it somewhere. Every time I
tried to put that suit case down I felt
her little hand grip me and I just
couldn't leave her.
"What could I do?"
Finally, according' to the police,
Miss Lays left the first room she had
rented and took another at the home
of Mrs. Jennie Crones. Mrs. Crones
became suspicious, notified the po
lice and detectives found the suit
case containing the body under the
bed in the girl's xoorn. i ,, ,
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