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TRUTH SOMETIMES DOES PROVE A GREAT DEAL STRANGER
THAN FICTION HERE IS AN INSTANCE
BY JANE WHITAKER
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction,' and this is a tale which, had it
been submitted as. fiction to a magazine, would have been rejected as too
highly improbable, yeflt unraveled itself in the very prosaic surroundings of
the Chicago police station. -
Last Saturday night a man by the name of Reugg-. presented himself,
with his wife Daisy, arid complained that two people with whom they were
living at 507 North State' street had threatened them with a revolver.
The police brought in tbe"other couple, a man who calls himself John
Schuhman, and Katy Schreiber, 25, who was living with him, also Katy's
And then the queer story was told to an almost incredulous court.
Katy lived until January 9 last in Newark, New Jersey, with her hus
band, whom she calls "Pa," probably because he is the father of her two
children and certainly not because of his age, which is only 32.
Quite a little time ago, staid married life palled on Katy, and she looked
around for an affinity. She found John Schuhman. who was at least in an
equal position with herself, as he had a wife and two children. Also he'was
the prospective father of a third.
Now Katy had a friend, the said
her that she, too, had a clandestine
loVer. Whereupon Katy resolved up
on a very unique affinity-moon.
She took $351 she had saved out of
money 'Ta" had allowed her for
household expenses, and she instruct
ed Daisy to buy herself some suit
cases and any slight finery which ap
pealed to her, and to meet Katy and
her affinity in New York, where the
soulmates would take a train for Chi
cago at Katy's expense.
Daisy cheated. She appeared at
the station all right, and she had with
her two .suitcases -She had bought out
of Katy'S money, but she did not have
her alleged t affinity. Instead she
claims.- the man with her is her hus
But Katy was game. With her two
childre'riiand Schuhmann and Dafsy
and her husband, the affinity-moon
traveletL.to Chicago .and located itself
at the State street address, where
Katy generously .gave the Rueggs the
front room and took the" rear one for
herself, her two" children and her af
finity. Things went on quite merrily while
Katy's money lasted. Nobody
thought about the 'morrow. Neither
rvReugg,, and -Katy says Daisy told
did anybody go to work. They just
Schumann's wife wrote pleading,
tearful" letters begging him to return.
His sister said she was working and
scraping to get him his carfare, but
Schuhmann stayed on.
Then the money gave out and
starvation faced the six. To be sure.
Schuhmann pawned Katy's watch for
$3 and her wedding ring for $1.50,
but that did not keep hunger pangs
from attacking their stomachs.
Then Katy' wrote to "Pa" and ask
ed him for some money. "Pa" wrote
back begging Katy to return and all
would be forgiven, and he enclosed
$30, but before the money arrived,
Ruegg, grown desperate, is alleged
to have carried two butcher knives
into the apartment of Katy and her
affinity and threatened to carve them
up unless the wherewithal for food
So, when the $30 was received,
Schuhmann invested some of it in a
.revolver and a box of cartridges and
made counter threats.
Both the men have been sent to the
Bridewell. Mrs. Reugg Tyho .seems