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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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taurant for a good feed; others to
buy Christmas things.
While he was waiting he looked up
at the cop; his lips moved, but noth
ing came from them. His pockets
were full of stolen pqtatoes gix. of
them and he couldn't get his hands
in, so they grew white and trembled
as he waited.
Someone had seen him pick up the
potatoes. There's a law against that.
, The city says to pick up a rotten po
tato on South Water street you must
have a scavenger s license; this man
hadn't procured his hcense.
One or two commission men shied
him away from their stores and then
another, less patient, grabbed him
and hustled him to the corner, where
the traffic cop-took him over. Some
commission men are busy with
Christmas coming on; they can't
bother with hungry bums who steal
potatoes.
Once in the cell at the Central De
tail police station, with a hot cup of
coffee warming his paining stomach,
he talked.
"My name is Frank Rocup. I've
bfeen in Chicago for over a year. I
worked on the river until I was taken
sick; then they put someoneelse in
my place. When my money was
gone, they put me out of the-flop at
424 S. Clark st
"I was hungry and I picked up a
few potatoes. There were so many
laying around on the street. I didn't
think anybody would mind just a few
potatoes.
He tore off and swallowed a big.
piece of bread and washed it down
with steaming coffee. Then he spoke
again.
"Say. Is all this Christmas spirit
in the" stores and among the swell
folks. I walked down State street
past the big department stores and
I saw Qiousands of happy, pushing
folk. They seemed to enjoy buying;
everybody had money but me. I didn't
even have an overcoat. I haven't-a i
shirt on my back. The feet are gone
from my socks. My shoes have big
holes in them and snow gets in and
cakes on my feet
"Is this Santa Claus guy is he for
all of us? Or does he visit only the
ones with money. It seems to me
that us guys who can't get money or
a job I can't hold one now, I'm so
weak it seems that we need him,
worse than some of those who have
all the cash they want. But we never
see him. I wonder if he thinks of us
guys with no" clothes to keep out
the cold and no food to make us
warm?
'Tm glad I'm in, now. I'll be sure
of a feed every day. I hope they
send me away or get me a job.
, "Tell the guy who owned the pota
toes, I'm sorry. Tell him I wish him
and his children a merry Christmas.'"
Rocup will be brought into court
tomorrow on a vagrancy charge.
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CHICAGO FACES COAL FAMINE
DEALERS BLAME RAILROADS
Chicago, the biggest coal distrib
uting market in. the world, is suffer
ing from a coal famine. The city re
quires 115,000 to 125,000 tons of
coal a day, which is approximately
2,000 carloads. One hundred tb 150
fewer cars a day. have been arriving
for the last week and of these many
mustbe switched through to points
farther west to which they were con
signed. "Only a couple of days' supply of
coal is now where we can reach it,"
said Fred WT TJpham, pres. of Con
sumers' Co. "The supply may be cut
off any day now unless switching fa
cilities are improved. We have some-
thing like 1,800. cars in Chicago, but W
cannot get them switched to unload
them. We should unload 350 to 400
cars a day. Recently we have been
unloading 120 to 150 cars.
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Milwaukee. Henry Clay Arburtle,
19-year-old dye-making wizard, sen
tenced to three .years in.refonnatorjv

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