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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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enormity of the crime with which he
is charged and which left his two
little sisters and baby brother moth
erless he gives no sign.
Lack of parental discipline, the po
lice charge, resulted in Willie becom
ing unruly. At the age of 8 Be made
his first appearance in the juvenile
court as " an incorrigible without
proper parental care."
When 10 years of age he was
charged with stealing a cow.
Last year he was arrested for run
ning away from home.
Now he faces a charge that he shot
and killed his mother, then turned
the gun of Mrs. Katie Gallagher be
cause she interfered.
.A report of the Society for Pre
vention of Cruelty to Children charg
es that at the age of 7 Willie cursed
like a trooper, drowned the neigh
bors' chickens, twisted cats' tails, set
fire to the house several times and
tried to put his little sister In the
stove."
Mary Zimmer, the boy's mother,
separated from her husband three
days before she was killed, charged
he mistreated her.
Willie says, according to the police,
that the gun with which his mother
was shot exploded accidentally.
RECORD OF BOY
The juvenile court records contain
this history of Willie Zimmer, who
has been labeled by the police "the
worst boy In America."
June 28, 1911 Arrested as incor
rigible without proper parental care.
Released June 13, 1912.
June, 1913 Arrested for loitering.
Released four months later.
October 31, 1913 Arrested for
stealing a cow. Released June 20,
1914.
April 21, 1915 Arrested for de
serting home. Released Dec. 31,
1915, at request of parents, who
wanted him with them to celebrate
New Year's day.
July 13, 1916 Arrested pending
investigation into his sanity after
being charged with shooting to
death his mother, Mrs. Mary Zimmer,
and trying to shoot to deajth Mrs.
Katie Gallagher.
August, 1916 Coroner and alien
ists will reporteither committing
him to an asylum for surgical oper
ation to relieve supposed brain clots
or recommend that he is sane and be
tried on a form charge of first de
gree murder.
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SLEEP
A common, everyday clothes bas
ket may be the means of saving baby
from the dangers of July.
Line it well, then put baby to sleep
in it out in a shady nook in the yard
if you have one, or on the roof, or on
a wired-in fire escape.
If there is no place else put baby
in a slightly darkened but well ven
tilated room. An expensive mattress
In the basket is not necessary.
When the baby is awake don't get
it in the habit of being held. In hot
weather baby should be taken into
its mother's arms only at feeding and
bathing time. Holding the baby or
fussing with it at other times only
makes it cross and irritable and a
baby in that condition is very liable
to summer sickness.
If baby cries it may only be un
comfortable and turning it over will
make it comfortable and able to drop
off to sleep again. -
The nursery or room in which baby
sleeps will be more healthful if rugs
are eliminated. With the floor bare
it can be kept clean by wiping it with
a damp cloth or dust mop.
There should be no heavy, dust
catching hangings or drapery or up
holstered furniture. If the walls are
painted they can be kept fresh and
sanitary by frequent washing.
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PREPARED
Last Wednesday noon lightning
struck Floyd Adams' house, tearing
the plaster on, also killing a dog, he
being afraid and lying behind the
stove. From Ithaca, N. Y., Journal.

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