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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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things as bologna, sausage, canned
corn and canned beans, American
cheese and butter.
Judge Rooney heard the superin
tendent of The Fair store tell his
story. He heard the girls .admit
their guilt And he was just about
ready to send them to the Bridewell
when one of the most amazing scenes
ever known in a Chicago police court
took place.
Ass't State's Att'y Emmicke, sup
posed to be acting as prosecutor, and
F. L. Fairbanks, the lawyer for the
three accused girls, joined in mak
ing a statement to Judge Rooney.
Boiled down, it was like this:
"These three girls are not thieves
in the ordinary sense that people
who steal are thieves. The evidence
is clear that the girls stole things
that did not belong to them. But all
the indications are that these girls
stole because food was needed in
their homes and they did not have
money enough from their wages or
from the borrowings of friends to
buy necessary food. In other words,
these girls stole because they were
hungry."
Judge Rooney and the lawyers
quizzed the three girls and brought
out these stories:
No. 1.
I worked three years in State
street stores. First at Hillman's.
then the Boston Store, then The
Fair. My wages at The Fair were SI
a day, with no premiums or any mo
ney on top of this $6 a.week. For
four years I have been supporting
mv husband and two children on my
earnings. Until four years ago he
was in fair health, worked steady
and kept me and the children in
good shape. He worked in a pickle
factory and the fumes of acids spoil
ed his stomach. He has ulcers. He
will die in a few months. To pay the
rent and buy clothes and things to
eat is hard on $0 a week. When a
woman who usprl to wnrV in a de
partment store told me how I could
work a system to have goods sent
without paying for them, I worked it
In the last six months I have taken
about $25 worth of goods this way.
I am charged with stealing $5.27
worth. I am guilty of the charge.
No. Z
I worked in the grocery depart
ment of The Fair as a "snori-uiue
girl," with hours from 10:30 a. m. to
5:30 p. m. My pay was 84 cents a
day. As I generally was on only four
days a week my pay for the week
was $3.36. My husband, a teamster,
drank. We separated. I am taking
care of two children. Sometimes I
get help from relatives and some
times I have had to call in tie chari
ties. No. 3.
I am what they call a short-time
girl. My pay is $3.36 a week most
of the time because the store has
work only four days a week for me.
Sometimes I had a full week and
earned $5.04. My husband is out of
a job. He has been sick. I haven't
been able to pay the hospital bills.
When he was well and able to work
he took good care of me. He has
worked in factories. His lungs are
bad. I am guilty of taking $2.27
worth of groceries as charged. It
was mostly canned corn and cheese.
We ate every bite I stole.
Ass't State's Att'y Emmicke asked
Sup't Buehl if he didn't think there
were "extenuating circumstances,"
so the girls ought not to be sent to
the Bridewell, but ought to be given
a chance. Buehl answered:
"These cases are different from
the general run. But there has been
so much stealing going on lately that
T must ask punishment for these
women. If they go free other girls
in the store will think it's easy to be
a thief."
Att'y Fairbanks I must serve no
tice that if these defendants are not
to be given another chance we shall
ask jury trials. I don't think you
ran eat iuries in Cook county to
convict the girls. The evidence is
too clear that they stole nothing but

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