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"TERRIBLE DEATH" PROBLEM
HITS RIGHT HERE AT HOME
By John Streetman.
When a man takes a lot of dogs
and sleds and beans and bacon and
goes on a hunt for the North Pole or
the South Pole and then dies alone in
the ice field far off from all cities and
men, newspapers and magazines
print the story of it all over the world.
Speakers and writers call it heroism
to face such a terrible death.
Yesterday, as I turned the pages of
"the blotter" in the Cook county cor
oner's office, I thought to myself, we
have deaths more terrible, grisly and
pitiless right here in Chicago every
From the Chicago Memorial Hos
pital was the record that Stephen
Pratt, a 9-months'-old wisp, died
Monday of "malnutrition." This is a
long word that means not enough to
eat of good food.
Alongside this simple story of why
little Steve was born and died is the
case of Albert Walter, a little human
shadow 4 months old, who lived at
2848 Southport avenue. P. A. Ber
rien, undertaker, reported that this
little human being died "without
medical attention.". The same expla
nation of the cause of death was
made by Dr. Rheinhart for "Baby"
Demont, 20 S. Aberdeen street.
Genevieve Arndt, 15 months old,
and William Arndt, 4 years old, died
from suffocation by gas. Their moth
er, Sophia Arndt, turned on the gas
and went with her two children, at
1511 W. Ohio street.
Sophia J , 26, "went on a long
journey" from St. Elizabeth's Hos
pital. Sophia refused to live and face
the fact of being an "unmarried
' Frank X. Kachelhofer and his wife
Mary were found dead at 1011 Or
leans street. - The record says the
cause of death was "probably expo
sure." This means that the blood in
their veins and' arteries froze and no
body was able to show them the way
to the Consumers' Company or Fred
Uphani's office so they could get a
sack of free coal.
So the record runs on from day to
day, more cruel than any story of
shipwreck or death on a desert or in
the ice fields. These people die in
want, surrounded" by plenty.
I think that when the Poet Gray
made his famous remark about "the
short and simple annals of the poor,"
he must have been looking over a
coroner's blotter in London.
Only one beautiful touch of sanity
and decency stood out from the blot
ter. That was the death of Samuel
Lazarowitz, 920 W. 14th street. He
was 96 years old, just four years
short of a century run. He died sud
denly, and so the law must take its
course and a jury will solemnly de
cide that a man who lives to be 96 out
on 14th street has a perfect and.;
legitimate right to die suddenly.
'NOTHER POLITICAL MOVE
A heavy cloud of gloom hung over
North Clark street last night. " Men
sighed heavily as they gulped down
their "evening evenings." It was evir
dent that something very terrible had
happened to the district over the
river. . ,
The sympathetic stranger slipped
up to one who seemed able to con
trol his sorrow.
"What's the matter, my friend?"
the stranger asked.
It was several moments before the
"Matter," he finally blurted out.
"Don't you know that Jimmy Quinn,
Hot Stove Jimmy Quinn, is going to
enter a woman candidate for alder-
And the stranger learned that in an
effort to head off the Sullivan-O'Mal-
ley taction, wno captured the nomin
ation with William F. Schofield as
their candidate, Q'iiinn has entered'
Florence J. Wilson as an independent
"You say it's environment that
gives Brown such a bad disposition?"
"Yes, he lives on a-cross street."