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did not know he was married. He
told me he was single.
"After that I always seemed to
be meeting him until three
months later, when-I told him I
would never see him again. Thai
was when he made improper pro
posals to me.
"But I did see him again and
again, and again. He met me dh
the street, at the houses of
friends, in the store where I work
ed to help my father out, every
where. "I was seventeen when I first
whenZollinger . . . ."
The girl's voice died away.
The sobs of the gray-haired
mother in the corner became
louder. The crowd pressed for
ward. "He came to See me one night"
the girl's voice was very low
"I was alone, looking after two of
the younger children. He stay
ed until 2 o'clock in the morning.
"It was after that I found out
he was married. His wife was
pointed out to me in the store. I
asked him about"-"it. He con
fessed. '"My wife is so much older
than me,' he said. 'I was mar
ried when I was just a boy. I do
not love her. I love you.'
"I begged him to go back to his
wife. I told him it was the only
thing for him to do. He said he
would not because he loved me
"I tried to breakaway with him
by going with other boys. He
had one boy I made a date with
beaten up on his way home, arid
after that whenever he heard of
me talking to boys he would ask1
me to remember what happened
to this boy.
"I could not get away from
him. He met me going to and
coming from work. He seemed
to be everywhere that I was.
"I tried so hard to stop being
Ins slave, but it was no use.
"Time- and again he promised
that our friendship would only be
platonic thereafter. But always
he broke his word.
"He told me that when I did
not submit to his wishes that he
drank and gambled and did not
work and support his family. I
was sorry for his wife. . :
"Once he went to Dayton to
work. I thought that would end
it. He wrote me saying that if I
did not come to see hiiri he would
come to Columbus and make a
disturbance that would lose me
my. job. I went. What else could
"I thought at this time that I
loved him. I only wanted to break
away from him because I knew it
was not right, and because I was
sorry for his wife.
"But in February, 1911, I met
Jerome Quigley, and I knew then
that I never had really loved Zol
linger. I came to love Quigley
with all my heart and soul.
"Quigley also loved me. He
asked me to marry him. I told
him it was impossible, andwhen
he asked me why, f told him
"And Mr. Quigley said that he
loved me despite the past, that he
loved me better because of it