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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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"At 5:15 1 reached Figaro and wait
ed until six. The thought in my mind
was that if Calmette refused to stop
his campaign I would injure him. I
heard the editor say, 'Let Mme. Cail
laux come in.' Many deny this was
said, but I heard.
"The man opened the door to usher
me into Mon. Calmette's office. As I
walked into his room from the ante
chamber I slipped the revolver, which
lay in my muff, from its case. I held
the weapon in my right hand, inside
the muff. As I entered the private of
fice Mons. Calmette put his hat on a
chair, saying. 'Bon jour, Madame.' I
answered: 'Bon jour, Monsier.
Doubtless you realize the object of
my visit.'
" 'Please sit down,' he said. But,
seeing my husband's bitter enemy, I
did not think of asking him anything.
I fired and fired again. The mouth
of the revolver pointed downward.
"The first doctor to come in is an
editor on Figaro. He found Calmette
standing by the desk, f eeling himself
as one wounded. e
"Calmette sat down. 'I don't "feel
well,' he said.
"I know now that he could have
been promptly operated. But in
stead Nthe doctors took him all those
miles to Neiully.
"I meant to wound, not to kill. I
deeply regret what I have done."
By Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
Paris, July 22. St Lazare, where
Madame Caillaux is held, was a leper
hospital in the twelfth century. It is
an enormous prison for 1,200 women,
where short sentence prisoners, girls
under correction, and accused wait
ing trial, serve their time.
This state prison for suspects is a
network of endless corridors lit by
flickering gas flames, echoing with
the scampering of giant rats
The jailers are stern nuns who pass
on noiseless feet with a rattle of huge
keys. Chief of the corps is the
formidable Sister Leonide "Bos
tock" "the tamer," who surveys her
grim household from a high seat be
tween the two staircases.
Celebrated political women of trag
edy have recently been prisoners in
St. Lazare, great adventuresses, in
ternational dames, financial mysti
fiers. The government, fearing Madame
Caillaux will attempt suicide, has ar
ranged that her cell be shared night
and day by her "maid," a fellow pris
oner, one Jeanne Groll, a convicted
murderess who killed her husband
with a penknife.
It is acknowledged that under the
present laws no woman can be exe
cuted in France. A convicted mur
deress may, however, be sentenced to
several years penal servitude.
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Because it is alleged that business
men near the Knab restaurants com
plained of the crowds who stopped to
look at the girls parading in front of
the eathouses more than twenty ar
rests were made yesterday, the ma
jority being members of the Wait
resses' Union.
Since Knab found that his busi
ness was noticeably affedted by the
boycott placed upon him he thought
of a scheme to tell his side of the
story. Accordingly he employed a
number of young women to march
up and down near the union pickets
displaying signs.
Noonday crowds stopped to look at
the queer sight, while others "hung
around" to see what would "happen."
The crowds stuck long enough. The
business men kicked. Most of Knab's
pickets were "put wise" and the
pinches were made. The girls de
manded jury trials. The cases will
be given trial before Judge Bowles
July 23.
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Miss Anna Schmidt, 1205 Otis St.,
asked for pardon of Dr. Cleminson,
sentenced to life for killing his wife.
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