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Mary Fawcett Fischer, the older
woman and his second wife, is bitter.
"His other wife and I are both his
innocent victims," she said.
Alta B. Fischer, the younger, takes
a different view of the tangled do
mesticity. "When Jesus was on earth," she
said, "He forgave seven times. I
guess I should forgive once.
"If I could save Charley and make
a man of him, I'd sacrifice my life
for it I could forgive him if I
thought he was sincere, for I still
care for him."
For nearly a year Fischer lived al
ternately with the two women and
was loved by both of them. Neither
suspected the other's existence until
late in February of this year. Then
the storm broke and a week later
Fischer was headed for prison.
This is the way the story runs:
Fischer married Alta B. Fischer at
Redwood City, CaL, in September of
1914, took her to Los Angeles and
established his home in a pretty
white bungalow. They were happy.
Three months later he had taken
a second bride Mary Fawcett, the
widow of a British army surgeon and
mother of a 22-year-old son. She
was in the suit and cloak business
at San Jose, Cal. He met her near
Los Angeles in an auto his first wife's
money had helped him to buy. The
wedding was performed in the city
almost under the nose of the bride of
"It was a debt of gratitude," he
said in his cell here. "I was swept
off my feet I lost my head."
The second Mrs. Fischer returned
to her job in San Jose after the cere
mony and the double-wived man
went back to his young bride in the
Fischer was in the oil business
then, which called him frequently
away from Los Angeles. Every three
or four weeks he went to San Jose
and spent the week-end with Wife
More than a year and a half ago
he "disappeared from Los Angeles
without a parting ford to his first
wife. She made a lone fight to keep
up the home, to preserve her pride
and to keep from her people the sus
picions that were in her mind. She
told them Fischer had gone to En
rope to fight
But a search she had started gave
her a clue that brought her to Spo
kane on a hurried trip. She had not
expected things as she found them
here. In her confusion she told the
police and they did the rest for
He had been living with Wife No. 2
and had built up a profitable business
as a masseur In Spokane's most
The arrest sent Wife No. 2 to bed
with nervous prostration.
It developed in the-confessions that
followed that Fischer and Mary Faw
cett were engaged at the time he met
and married the younger woman.
They had met a year before in Van
couver, B. C.
"But,".said Wife No. 2, "he did not
forget me. He needed money. I was
earning $27.50 a week. He did not
forget me. The daily letters kept
And so'later he married her, caus
ing a lot of trouble for himself and
the two women.
The two wives have expressed
their attitude toward the erring man.
Fischer, as yet, is silent as to his
feelings toward them.
When he comes out of prison,
which one will he seek the young
er woman who is willing to forgive
him, or the older one, who has earn
ing power of $27.50 per week?
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eastern mail occasioned, by the un
common swell in the Wabash river.
The post rider says it is two or three
miles wide. " f
North Dakota and Mississippi have
nearly nine-tenths country folk.