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r7 SOMETHING THE MATTER WITH THE LAW
"There's something the matter with the law, maybe."
It might seem that only an extraordinarily cruel punishment'
could wring such an admission from the head keeper at Ludlow'
street jail, New York.
Jail keepers don't wear their Sympathies outside their clothes.
Yet the case of Henry Weinbaum, which called forth this f
strange comment, is not as extraordinary and unusual as it oughts
to be. ' i
Weinbaum is, or was, a clothes presser earning $12 a week,
and supporting himself, his wife and four children. The wife died,
and Weinbaum was confronted with the problem of looking after J
his four little ones and at the same time being away all day at his
work. He managed it somehow for a few months and then gotl
a new mother for his children on the only terms open to hini
marriage. "" I
But there are beauties in the marriage and divorce system i
which sometimes appeal as strongly to the wives of poor devils like;
Weinbaum as they sometimes do to the adventurous entrappers of
millionaires. ' '
The clothes presser's new wife soon complained that the chil-t
dren made, too much work, and demanded that they be put in a pub
lic institution. The father refused, and the wife left him and hisl
littleones and promptly applied to court for $4 a week Support and
a judge granted her plea. ' , 5
The $4 a week might have been so many millions so far as the"
man's ability to pay went. The other day he was arrested, his af-
rears, with costs, amounting to $207.88. He was sent to Ludlowt
street jail, and the prospect of fos ever paying the $207.88, to say
nothing of being able to look after his children, is remote indeed.I
The head keeper of the jail thinks there may be something'"
wrong with the law when it can imprison a man like this for reasons
"Hark!" observed the romantic
"Wey, George," said witty
William, as they met in the
street, "how is Arthur going on
"Oh, much better," replied
George. "He has been 'in the
country for seven days to regain
"That's, funny! J should have
thought seven days in the coun
try would have made one week V1
young woman spending her va-i
cation on the farm. "Just heart
how those old trees in the orchardr
moan and groan in the storm, likes
the crying of a lost soul.1' r
"Well," rejoined her practical!
and unromantic companion, "If
guess you'd moan and groan, too,t
if you were as full of green ap-"1
pies as those trees are.'