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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1912, Image 15

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By Cynthia Grey.
Am a girl, 18, and am engaged
to marry a young man of 27, but
he is a heavy drinker. On New
Year's day he promised that he
would not drink for three months,
so that we could get married and
go to housekeeping right away.
He makes good wages, but the
drink takes all of his money. I
heard that he broke his promise
and started to drink again, and
that he was so drunk that he
could hardly walk. I have not
seen him for two weeks, and I
think that he is ashamed to come.
He said that when he gets mar
ried he will quit his drinking en
tirely, but others tell me that he
imll never quit What would you
advise me to do marry him or
break the engagement? A. U. G.
No third person is at liberty to
advise you concerning your mar
riage. You will, however, be in
terested in two letters from wom
en who made the experiment of
marrying drinking .men.
Letter No. 1 : I have been mar
ried 14 years., I have two boys.
Recently I left my husband. He
was always a drinking man, but
I never gave up hope of curing
him. Finally he got so he would
not work at all in winter, and only
enough in summer to spend for
extra drink. For nine years I
have supported myself, and a year
and a half ago I left him. Now
he wants me to come back and
promises he will behave, but he
has made that promise so many
times before. Would it be safev
to trust him now? X.
Letter No. 2: I am in great
trouble. I feel that I must get a
separation from my husband. He
was a man who would drink as
much as he wanted when I mar
ried him, but it did not seem to
hurt him then. Now I have been
married five years, and he spends
all of his evenings and holidays
in saloons. If I go to a picture
show with him he is uneasy until
he leaves me at the door and goes
to a saloon. If he feels like it,
he comes back for me, if not I
have to go home alone. I feel
safe in saying that I have never
been down town with him once
but tha't he left me at some street
corner waiting while he went off
for a drink. . Perhaps he would
never turn up at all, and after a
while I would take the car home.
On Christmas he left home in the
morning and did not get back un
til after midnight Many a time
have I waited up until daylight
to let him in drunk and get him
to bed.
I have tried every way to help
him. It is an awful thing to look"
forward to year after year of this
lffe. Please advise me what to
do A. Q.
It is just as unwise to advise
married persons to separate as it
is to give others advice about get
ting married. This sequence of
letters is printed not with any
hope of helping the women who
write them but, as a yarning tQ

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