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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1912, Image 2

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committed her daughter, Mona
Rees, to his care and training1.
She called Mona Rees "The
Spirit of Simplicity," and she
went to live in See's temple.
One of the next disciples See
gathered in was Mildred Bridges,
daughter of Stephen Bridges, a
man of wealth with a home at
Wrightwood and Racine avenues.
Soon after Mildred became a
disciple, Mrs. Bridges, Bridges'
wife, followed in her footsteps.
Then Bridges blew up and
caused the arrest of See on the
charge of Mildred, who then was
'living at the "temple" with Mona
See was tried before Judge
Lockwood Honore, and there
were three principle witnesses.
The first was Stephen Bridges,
chief witness for the prosecution.
Bridges almost raved as he de
nounced See in court. He called
him a libertine and a wrecker of
homes, and several times had to
be forcibly restrained from at
tacking See.
The othertwo witnesses of the
"most importance were Mildred
Bridges and Mona Rees. Both
were steadfast in their defense of
See through the long and sensa
tional trial.
See was convicted, largely on
the evidence of Bridges, and un
der the verdict, faced a term of
from one to ten years in the pen.
See's attorneys immediately
filed an appeal, and sentence was
deferred. See was denied bail, and
lodged in the county jail.
There he was visited regularly
by Mildred Bridges and Mona
Reese, who have continued to
work the absolute life cult during
the "Revealer's" incarceration. ,
In jail, See wrote two books on
absolute life and the junior com
monwealth. After the conviction, Stephen
Bridges began to change. "He
veered from active and constant
denunciation of See to non-interference
He kept up this passive state
until last June, when he suddenly
switched entirely around.
In June, Bridges filed a lengthy
affidavit saying he had done the
cult leader an injustice and that
he himself had come to believe in
the doctrine and practices of ab
solute life.
Soon after, Bridges went to
live in the "temple" on Racine
avenue, where his wife and
daughter already had taken up
their abode.
See pointed in triumph to
Bridges' conversion to the cult as
his justification, and his attor
neys renewed their demand that
he be released on bail.
See was peevish as could be t
day, when reporters told him that
he had been ordered released on
"Maybe it's true," he said, "and
maybe it. isn't."
Then he went to shave, so he'd
Jook nice when he returned in
triumph to the "temple."
Few weeks ago, See declared
that if he ever was freed he
would again take up the leader
ship of absolute life and that his
closest advisers in running the
cult would be Mr. and Mrs,.

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