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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 16, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14',
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As simple as a "service" uniform
is this coat suit of broadcloth with
trimming of seal. It's purple like
many of the new street suits shad
ing to a deep red. The bone buttons
The collar is a variation of the
"Chin-Chin" and muffles comfortably
around the throat
The sailor hat is purple velvet with
high draped crown of velvet striped
in many purple tints.
SHALL THIS BOY SWING ON THE GALLOWS?
SOCIETY BLAMED FOR MURDER OFMOTHER
BY FREDERICK E. HAMLIN
New Orleans, La., Sept 16. Wil
lie Zimmer, 12 years old, slayer of
his own mother, Mrs. Mary Zimmer,
mother of three other children, will
face, within six weeks, the criminal
district court on trial for his life.
The state1 of Louisiana will de
mand for the first time in its history
and the fourth- time in the history of
the country that a boy be sent to
A boy, in short trousers an ur
chin of the streets, too young and
uneducated to think for himself and
'deprived of proper parental training
from infancy must pay for his
crime with his life on the gallows,
The mothers and fathers of Louisi
ana and every state in the country
enter a mighty protest or plea to
-Chandler C. Luzenberg, district at
torney.'to drop the indictment charg
ing murder in the first degree and
allow Willie Zimmer to be sent to a
reform school, preferably the nation
al institution at Washington, where
he can get a chance in life!
Women's clubs, school parents'
clubs and individual mothers and
fathers of New Orleans already have
taken up the question of whether the
Zimmer child shall have a fresh start
in life and be made into a man.
Three of the leading attorneys of
New Orleans have volunteered their
services to give Willie a chance. They
are fighting to give him only a
chance. Convicted or acquitted, they
want him sent to a reform school.
They" believe he is a victim of evil
environment, citing the report of
Coroner J. A. O'Hara to the district
attorney that the boy is sane, a
shrewd criminal, but that if properly
trained can be made into a smart
A smart man or a shrewd crook
The attorneys, B. B. Howard, H. O.
Hollander, and Ulic Burke, now are
preparing the legal defense. The
boy is held without bond.
Attorney Howard, who, by the
way, has no sons, but two grown
daughters, says he does not believe
any court can find 12 men who will
convict the Zimmer boy.
Mrs. Zimmer and her husband had
separated, she taking their two
daughters, 9 and 7 years old, anda
baby boy, 3, to- live in a tenement '
room in St Thomas street, while
Willie stayed with his father.' Court
records show the father several
times threatened to kill Mrs. Zim
mer; that they quarreled nearly all
the time because of his drinking.
Willie, his sisters and-brothervgrew