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wait until the end before they decide
I am bad.
"It is true, my husband was mur
dered. I have beenmurdered and tor
tured for years, and I am still alive.
It is a wonder thatT am, though.
"During years of hard work and
slaving all love I have ever known
was my love for the children. Some
folks, when they get married, have
the love they want. I don't know what
that love is. I wanted it so much, just
as all girls do when they tell s'ome
man they- will marry him.
' "People who criticize me now don't
stop to think that I was only 16 years
scythe and helped with all thn chores
and men's work besides caring for
my four little children as they came
to us. It was hard to bear, tell you.
. "I tried to get away from the lone
liness at times, but he has always ob
jected to my leaving the farm. I hard
ly ever had a dollar to spend on my
self. "Lots of times I tried to get up
old-when I married and my husband
"He was past the loving stage. He
did not know what I craved for. But
I married him and' for reasons that
concern no one. I tried to love him
and wanted him to love me, but he
"The years have been lonesome out
there on that farm. I worked in the
fields like a man. I drove the horses
cm the- plow.-- 1 cut- the hay with -a
Mrs. Magdalena Werner, accused
murderess and her 17-months'-old
nerve enough to pull the trigger of
the shotgun and end my life, and then
I would think of my little baby and
I couldn't. I wanted Jove and I didn't
get it. '
"Why didn't he give me a divorce
and' let me go? He "wouldn't listen to
it Four days before it happened I
said to him, 'Henry, why don't you be
a man and let me go? I don't want
your property. All I want is the chil
dren and my freedom.'
"But he never seemed to undes
stand that a woman likes a little
fection along with the slavery,