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FINED FOR DEGENERACY.
Ernest Harris, 38 years old, of
217 South Center av., will spend
the next year of his life in the
Mrs. Harris and her 4-year-old
son will have to shift for them
selves. Because Harris is a degenerate
and tried-to seduce a 15-year-old
Harris met Elizabeth Thomp
son of 408 S. Throop st., last Sat
urday 'night. He asked her to
meet him in Union Park Monday
night because he "had something
to tell her."
" The girl went to meet Harris,
but before doing so she told her
brother, Alexander Thompson.
Her brother and a friend followed
-her when she went to meet Har
Harris was waiting for her in
Union Park. -He suggested the
girl go with him to Douglas Park.
She did so.
There Harris told her that he
loved her, that he intended' to
give up his wife for her, and that
he would do anythihg for her.
"I love you better, than I ever
loved anyone before," he man told
the .girl. "I'd do anything for you.
.1 don't lovk my wife'. I'm going
to send her away to the country.
Then you can come and,stay with
. The next day the girl's brother
told Thomas Reynolds, who lives
at the same address, as Harris,
what Harris had doner
Reynolds upbraided Harris for
so acting toward a mere child,
and told him he would "knock his
block off" if he ever spoke to the
Harris drew a knife and
stabbed Reynolds in the side, so
badly that seven stitches had to
be taken in the wound.
Harris was tried before Judge
Gemmill today. Gemmill said he
was going to make an .example of
"This seduction of young girls,
is becoming altogether too com
mon in Chicago," said the court.
"I sentence you to one year in the
County Jail and fine you $100,
Harris. If I could make i more I
Mrs. Harris is 25 years old. She
is broken-hearted over the discov
ery of her husband's degeneracy.
She and h,er boy left today for her
parents' home down-state.
Harris was an employe of Ar
mour & Co. Hd made about $6 a
day, but left his wife nothing to
BITS OF NWS
Baltimore, Md. The B. & O.
railroad has forbidden its em
ployes to keep late hours, and all
degrees of'high life" are put un
der the ban.
New York. Willie Barber, 3
months old, drowned when a
water pipe in room above one in
which he was asleep broke: Water
dripping through ceiling and
dropped on baby's face, filling his
Bloomington, III. Raymond
Miller, 16, and Edward McEwen,
17, killed when auto was struck
by T., P. & W. train at grade