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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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P By Jane Whitaker.
A few meetings, a few caresses, a
girl who is weary of work and whose
mother cannot keep her idle, a man
who has no idea of the responsibility
of supporting a wife and who doesn't
even support himself, a wedding that
is very romantic because it makes the
other boys and girls jealous and per
mits a little, oh, such a little, time of
June madness, and then disillusion
ment. And the boy and the girl side by
side in the Court of Domestic Rela
tions they who should never know
the indignity of appearing before a
bar of justice and sometimes a lit
tle bundle that is a very young baby
held in the arms 6f a very young
wife, and that is the aftermath.
' "The trouble is they take marriage
so lightly," Probation Officer Reedy
of the court said to me as we listened
to the unraveling of such stories.
"The economic question enters so
largely, boys do not earn enough sal
ary on whicn to marry ,and yet they
assume the responsibility of it and
the girl expects every comfort, and
they simply cannot get along."
"He expected me to live with his
mother and help in the restaurant
and he got $5 a week and our board,
and I wanted him to get a place where
we could live alone," said the 18-year-old
wife of Harry Rosenhaupt. "I
was willing to go back fo work in a
department store, even though I am
too sick to work, but he said' he
couldn't get anything but working
for his mother and I left him and
went back to my mother, but my
mother cannot support me and he's
got to." .
The boy was sullen. He did not
look at the girl he had promised to
cherish such a little while ago.
"I cannot get any other kind of
work," he said. "Shes never satis
fied. We get our board at my moth-
er's. She ought to be willing to live
where I want to live."
"I have been out of work a long
while, but I got a job now that pays
me $14 a week," said Robert Meyer,
father of a tiny bit of a baby. "I
rented a flat at $14 a month and paid
$3 down on it and then she said it
wasn't near enough to her mother's
and she wouldn't go there."
"Your Honor," there were tears in
the girl's eyes, "I cannot depend on
him. He told me if I went back to
my mother's he would pay mjr board
and he didn't. I did not tell' him I
wouldn't take the flat, but this job
he has is at night and I would be
alone with the baby and I wanted to
be near mother in case the baby was
sick, but I told him I would 'take the
flat if he couldn't find one nearer."
"You went and told the real estate
man I couldn't afford a $14 flat," the
boy flashed.
"You cannot on $14 a week and I
do not know how long you will work.
You've been out of work so much.
And you don't keep your promises."
Judge Torrison tried to straighten
out the tangle, but the boy simply
couldn't understand that he owed any
duty to anyone. He talked of some
dishes he bought for the girl's moth
er, and, finally, in reply to the judge's
query as to how much he was willing
to pay his wife each week, he an
swered: "I only make $14 and I got carfare
and I owe my father some money.
I could give her $2 a week."
Two dollars to keep a girl wife and
a baby and he needed $12 for himself!
And then when the judge tried to
make him ashamed of his smallness,
he blurted out:
"I'd rather get a divorce anyway.
That's the only way this can be set
tled. We better get a divorce."
Such a little while ago was the
June madness!
"She ain't satisfied no matter how
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