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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1913, Image 2

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think of her. I never wanted to
marry him for myself; it was for
the baby.
"John felt the same way. You
can see he wasn't allbad.
"I went to Secretary McKen
na. I told him about our child. I
asked him to allow John to marry
me and to let John see his daugh
ter. The secretary refused.
"Then I went to ministers of all
creeds. Before I had never
thought about church very much.
But I turned to them when I
needed help.
"They did' what they could for
me. I was never told that I had
committed a sin living with John
without being married. None of
the ministers or priests ever
spoke of that. They wanted to
help me and my daughter.
"At last I thought I would
succeed. But still Mr. McKenna
was against my marriage with
John. Even yesterday, the day
before he was hanged, I had
"But now well, I don't know
what there is left. When my
daughter is older, and people ask
her about her mother and father,
what will she say?
"If she answered that he father
was a murderer society would
shudder, but it would say she was
not responsible for her father's
crime, and she would be taken up.
"But if she answers that she
never knew her father; that he
was not married to her mother;
that she hasn't even a name
then what will society do?
"It will look at her as though
she was some unclean thing, and
then it will consign her to a class
we don't like to think about.
"Why? She is as innocent of
one crime as of the other. But it
is true that the distinction will be
"John committed a murder. He
paid for his crime on the gallows.
"John and I committed a crime
against this little child. We
wanted to make it right. But
they wouldn't let us.
"I grieve for John because he
is dead. But it is for the baby,
my baby, that I really suffer. It
will never have a chance."
Several ministers have agreed
to take the child and place it in
some private home where it will
be given a name and never know
the tragedy oi its mother's and
father's life.
Florence Seymour wants the
child, she loves it, but for this
very reason she has agreed to
give it up. I
If she were married it would be
Chicago insurance comnanie
claim that they will present direct
evidence to State's Att'y Hoyne
that his predecessor, John E. W.
Wayman, refused to prosecute
the cases against the arson trust.
In view of the fact that Way
man is now attorney for Joseph J.
Clarke, insurance adjuster, under
indictment for attempting to
bribe Ass't State's Att'y Baber,
the charge seems startling.
A special grand jurv will be
asked to try the arson cases.

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