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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 30, 1911, Image 9

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This is a little drama, of real
life, right here in Chicago.
The,ta,Ie deals -with the trou
bles of a husband and .wife.
T.hey were . married in St.
Louis four years ago, and 'went
to Mexico to live. He is about 28
and she is 23, but' in',knowledge
ofHhe world they are 'children in
their teens. He was 'not .natur
ally bad or vicious; merely-made-one
wrong turning, as thousands
of others have done.
The wife-was not well, but the
mild climate of Mexico gave h'ej
strength. Theh, -last February,
they came to Chicago .
The husband secured .work in
a planing millr making1 good
wages, arid he and Jus wife lived
happily in a house on Indiana
avenue for four months.- Then
they moved to.22d street, aitd the
husband continued to work in the
mill.- . , , -,
But one day his vigilance re
laxed for an instant, ) and his
hand was cut so severely that-he
was incapacitated. - , t - , -,
. For five weeks he had -to "nurse
the' finger,, blood poison -being.an
ever present danger. And,-dur-,
ing that time he couldn't work
Consequently there was no in
come. ..Strange as itjnay seem,
the. mill paid his' doctor's bill,
and promised him 3. life job when
he was able to work again. -
And the woman from whom
they rented their- room let the
rent run on, which is also rather
unusual, fe
was so far recoye'red -as -to be able
to do light work, and immediate- -ly-began
the hunt ior a-jobrfq ,
tide him "over until he wouid be?
able to return to the mill. .Bear
in: mind," he was never- a -shirker.
He' secured a place-as salesman
for an electric firm. .He says it
was' on a salary 'and commission
basis, and the sales manager says. -it
'wis merely commissipn.
About this time' the "wife be
came' sick, the chill winds of
Chicago 'undermining her consti- "
tution. ' That dded to the trou- -ble's.
' i
'. At the end of five weeks work
ing for' this firm he had 'received
the total sum of '$32:. v Thitty-twb
dollars on which to feed and
clothe two people, pay the" Tent, -:
and also-to purchase medicine
for the; wife. Many -days during-
this period theHvife went-hungry, -and'
but fqitheiandlady a" trag
edy might' have occurred.
. The "husband -was 'desperate. "
He turned in fraudulent order S-,
for 'orders meant, money, "and
money meant sustenance and ;
health for his wife. There is no
question- of the fraudulent or
ders. -He admitted itr
Thenithe company became sus
picio'uSy and after an .investiga
tion, the sales manager had the
husband' arrested, . cnarged'with -obtaining
money.undeV false pre
tenses. He was Vro'ught'ihto the
Maxwell street court." .
The wife borrowed $10 to pay
At the e'oHfeereTekEf;
iTatnyas--tgel3t ten

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