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lighter wgrkV I wasrunable to do.
hotel ivork any longer, ,
"When I came here I was sick:
-I couldn't do any hard work," and
the baby, left behind m. Milwau
kee, had to be cared for. And
then I thought of Ripstra. He
might help me. I remembered
his address, and went to see him.
-He .was Irving- at 1501 W. Mon-
, roe street, and a woman who was
not his wife was 'staying with
.-him. J told him of my situation.
. "Again he asked me to marry
-him. I -told, him that I was not
divorced. He said that he had
been married previously and4 had
'been divorced, but had lost his
decree." H? said 'no one would
knowT was married ". befpre.. I
was in desperate Zstraits. My
'money was gone, "and "the baby
had to live.
. f"So I .yielded.. Lwasweak, I
know. ' I didn't care iot myself
it was the baby. Some may say
that it would be better the baby
should die than . its .mother be
come a bigamist, but one doesn't
always thirik clearly, when in such
a desperate position.. .
. y'We were .married Sept.23.
He told the license clerk- and the
minister. neither of Us had ever
been. married before. I kept si
lent.,. I can't explain why. From
the time of our marriage my lffe
. became unbearable. He was bru
tal, struck me,' 'and twisted, my
"About this time the horrible
murder of Bessie Kent by Dr.
' WeTJster was in alt the papers.
1 He used to point to it and tell me
that I'Tvas in the same position
as Dr. .Webster. That I waSva
bigamist, and some day my pfa
ttire would be in the paper, aft'd
if Tl objected to his actionsd
would see that I was arrested, JtIt'
was unbearable-1 stood it a weeklj
and then wentrto Milwaukee aftef
the baby. I returned to Ripstra
and lived' With him another weejc
"He continued to taunt nie
witn ine Knowjeage inai i,was,3
bigamist. But that was. tfcf l
easiest nart Some of the indies
ttities he .subjected me to weje
horrible, horrible," and she sqb
bed at their memory. Hascall at
tempted to comfort and calm her
"I' can bear to "talk of it," she
said, when she "had partiallysr"
covered. "Please "don't asksfyd
any questions: I am almost
'"At the end oTanother'wee&I"
left him. Anything was prefer
able to what I had to endure with'
him. And I wrote Will aboutt
and asked him what' I should!
He offered to take me back. Rifn
cfra intpirrenferl a femsfprefflf tw
te'r from Will, and the knowledge t
that I was' preparing to go bScki
"to hinj made Hfpstra mad with!
jealousy. ' tK-
rn "Hejnformed the police, and!
was arrested. Ripstra ii out r?5w,
on $500 bail for tampering v?fth'
the mails, and hejihinks that;frl
ani convicted he. will' not 'be A
brougKt to trial. It ws not yTr-
tuouV" indignation that catij&d
him 'to have me f arrested. t
was revenge. ' "ns
""And well, that is all. I ani
here, and will porbabfy be, "genii
to 'jail. But Will believes in me
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