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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 01, 1912, Image 8

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A story of the
dation of boys was fold today
when a warrant was issued for
the arrest of Thomas Whitfield,
manager of Thomas Whitfield &
Co., druggists 545 South Wa
bash avenue-
The complaint was sworn to
by Mrs. Dora Vincent, 108 North
Carpenter street, widow, and
. mother of Thomas E. Gregory, 16
years old, now in the Bridewell.
One week ago, Gregory and his
chum, Roy Hammond, 19 years
old, appeared before Judge Tor
rison in the Desplaines street
court, and asked to be sent to the
Bridewell so they might be -cured
of the drug habit.
Judge; Torrison asked the boys
where they got the drugs. They
were reluctant" to tell at first.
Then Gfcggory said:'
"We got5 the drug from-Thos.
Whitfield who runs a drug store
at 545 Souf:h Wabash avenue.
"He gave it to us in bottles
labeled 'heroin.' -I do not know if
this is the right name of thedrug
fie gave us.4' But J do know that
whatever the name pf jf is, it Con
tains morphine.
"There were
in each bottle we bought. Whit
field charged us 80 cents a bottle,
and we got so we used one bottle
a day.
"We first started using the
stuff about six months ago. We
thought it was smart then. Now
we know better. We're both
wrecks. We can't work, and we
can't live without the drug. Send
us to the Bridewell "where they
heartless degra
one hundred pills
will force us to do without it."
Judge Torrison sent both boys
to the Bridewell for 60 days.
Mrs. Vincent's story was as
pitiful as that told by the boys.
"I don't know just wh&i this
thing began," she said, "but I
imagine it started soon after
Hammond came from a little
country town to live with us.
"Hammond and my boy were
always together after-that, and I
soon began to notice that there
was something wrong. v
'The boys became pale and ill
looking. They lost their appe
tites. They were very nervous.
But when I asked them what the
trouble was, they always said
there was no trouble.
"I did not become really alarm
ed until the last two months.
The boys were looking terribly ill
then, and sometimes they did not
come home for days at a time.
"Once when they disappeared,
that way, I put on an old skirt
and, a shawl 'and went out and
sold chewing gum on the streets
in the hope that I would' find
"My boy is all I have left and I
cannot bear to lose him.
"When I at last found the boys,
and found what they were doing,
I advised them to go to Judge
Torrison and tell everything.
"It is terrible to think of my
son being in the Bridewell, but he
is better there than under the in
fluence of morphine.
Whitfield denies having sold
the. boys any drug containing
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