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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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hut sleep anyway in Wilmette, so it
was pie for Doc Evans.
It was all a blind, starting the war
in Ravinia and Glengko. Ravinia
never had any mosquitoes. All the
mosquitoes Ravinia ever had belong
ed to Wilmette. They just went to
Ravinia to see what the noise was.
Ravinia hadn't even a noise until the
Wilmette mosquitoes went there to
investigate. They found that the only
noise of any account on all the north
shpre was Bertie Taylor of 'Glengko.
Now, we are massed in regiments,
waiting for Doc Evans' next move.
The question is: Is the Tribune afraid
to attack our village and thus lay it
self open to the charge of helping The
Day Book advertise Wilmette?
If Doc Evans really invades Wil
mette he will have to fight or dicker
with The Day Book Club, and the
Tribune will be forced to mention The
Day Book. We live in liojpe. For we
know The Trib would sGbner bite its
dwn head off than say "Day Book"
once in its 705 columns of pure read
ing matter. Alfred Gordon, Wil
mette, III.
Editor Day Book. "I was very
much interested in the piece by Jane
Whitakef about the drug habit, as I
am also a 'drug fiend,' but am not
anything like a person would picture
in his mind from reading her article.
I have had the morphine habit for
almost a year and God knows I would
like to stop for several reasons. One
is that it is ruining my health and
also turning, my friends against me.
Another is that the druggists who sell
it know it is getting harder to get it
and they are taking a greater chance
now by selling it, so they have raised
the price and cut down the amount
so that I am paying almost double
what I was two months ago. I have
inquired the cost to take a cure at
any sanitarium for that purpose and
find it will take from $150 to $300.
As I cannot raise that amount and
.know it is almost impossible to cure,
myself, I suppose I shall go on taking
it until I die or I cannot get it any
more, and then what will happen to
"I am still a young man and with
some prospects before me if I could
get rid of the habit. Don't you think
it would be a blessing if some place
were to be opened to such as I to be
cared for? And God knows I'm will
ing enough, as I have not gone too
far to see my folly."
This letter was referred to Dr.
Charles iE. Sceleth of the House of
Correction Hospital, the only hospital
in Qhicago where the drug habit is.
treated free. This is Dr. Sceleth's re
ply: "I have treated as many drag cases
as any one in the country, and a man
who seriously wants to be cured we
can positively cure. The best thing
for the writer of this letter to do if he
-wishes to take treatment here would
be to go to some police station and
have an-arrest slip issued against him
under an assumed name and come
out here and within a week or ten
days I will discharge him. We can
positively take anybody off the habit
even if he is taking 100 grains a day
within a week, though in. some cases
& second week may be necessary for
tonic treatment.
"I can remove any necessity for the
drug, but after he leaves here it is
a matter of his own will power, and
it then depends upon how he acquir
ed the habit as to whether he remains
"If he acquired it through vicious
environment and is going back to the
same the chances are not equal to
cases where he acquired the habit
through seeking relief .from pain.
"Some fiends acquire the habit
following operations, and if the con
dition has been removed for which
they acquired the habit there is no
need of their going back. If the con
ditions still remain the chances are
they will go back to it
"To illustrate: A man was brought
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