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PLATONIC FRIENDSHIP BOSH
IF 30-YEAR DISPARITY.
SAYS JUDGE STELK
"A man of 50 or 60 who goes out
with a girl in her teens to supper par
ties and cabarets has something-lse
than platonic friendship in mind," re
marked Judge John Stelk of the court
of domestic relations.
"A man in his 50s takes a girl less
than 20 to dinners at cafes, the theater,
suppers after the show. Perhaps, too,
there are taxis, flowers or-candy.
"The man ! Oh, no! The man is not
paying; he is only making a loan. He
expects to collect with usurious inter
est. The girl pays in the end. Some
day she may wish she had never seen
the kindly old codger who seemed to
take such a fatherly interest in her.
"Certainly there is such a thing as
close friendship between a man and
a women where there is no thought of
lo e. and yet no thought of evil where
a common interest in something in
life, art, music, social or economic
problems or the desire for agreeable
hours together in theater, home or cafe
is the stake.
"But while the gray-haired old
grandad may prate of 'platonic friend
ship,' 'mutual ideals' or 'pleasure of
young miss company, n he is sincere
and has not a hidden evil object he is
not likely to seek to further his 'disin
terested friendship' with an accom
paniment of wine and a banjo orches
tra. "Take for instance the case of Isaac
Neuman and Sadie Weisbaum, whose
clandestine amours were aired in the
court of domestic relations and the
S. Clark street police court.
"This was the, case where a man of
55 singled out a pretty young girl from
among those who worked for him, took
her to lunches and cabarets and on
frequent taxi rides.
"A man like that can't plead 'pla
tonic friendship' and convince me he
."if I could have been convinced that
the girl was less than 18, and I held the
case open two weeks while I looked for i
proof, I would have given Neuman the
limit, fpr he would have been clearly
guilty, but I could find no proof that
the girl was less than 18. In fact, the
records of two schools and the places
where she worked shows that she gave
her birth date as having been in 1897,
which would make her 19.
"So long as she was over 18 I could
do nothing with Neuman on the charge
on which he was before me, though I
believe he was guilty of wild indescre-tions."
Neuman is the superintendent of de
livery ai inc innscnua &. o. depart
ment store. Sadie Weisbaum was a
girl who worked for him.
CROWN IN TUCKS; BRIM OF
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mjh' .H?a' -
Here's a brave little spring hat
with which to brighten our drab and
somewhat frayed winter raiment..
It's a Pisk model in navy blue faille,
the crown tucked in tiny tucks, the
brim faced with navy blue straw. The
simple little "decoration" In pastel
braid at the front of the crown is
quite trimming enough for a hat that
is to be worn in spring's uncertain
wind and weather.