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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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played In "Rebecca Warren," "The
Coward," and with Fiske O'Hara. She
likes photoplay acting better than
acting on the legitimate stage, and
her greatest ambition Is to be a
world-famous "movie" actress.
A month ago she was run over Dy
an automobile and was confined to
her bed until last week. Now ahe is
back at the movie studio.
New York, Jan. 27. The state of
New York has nursed. Ida Walters
"Rogers" back from the grave in
order that it may send her to her
death in more legal-fashion!
It has preserved her from death by
bichloride of mercury in onjer to put
her on trial for murder and kill her In
the electric chair.
How recklessly extravagant! What
a waste of the taxpayers money! If
New York feels that the higher inter
ests of civilization requires the life1 of
this poor mad mother who killed her
making the laws under which their
lives may be condemned.
If there must be a trial for Ida Wal
ters mad act let the state summon
this man to stand beside her in her
public ordeal as Arthur Dfanmesdale
stood finally beside Hester Prynne
wearing the scarlet letter on her
Ida Rogers told her physician, Dr.
Hague, of a quarrel with Rogers
shortly before the commission of the
crime which she says she does not
remember. She said Rogers had told
her that his wife refused to keep hen
agreement to release him and that he
might have to accompany llrs. Caro-
babies why not simply have let her line Giddings Rogers on a trip to Chi
me '. wny use au ine resources ana cago.
incidentally tortures of modern, i What a future confronted the des-
science to drag her back from the
death she chose to the one the state
has legalized?
This woman's arteries have been
opened and saline solutions injected
into her blood. What for? Primar
ily, of course, to counteract the ef
fects of the mercury she swallowed
at the same time she poisoned her
children. But actually to pusher in
jeopardy of her life a second time and
according' to the more approved route
of the death house.
i believeihat no state has the right
to take human life, that majority
murder is ju$t as sinful as any other
kind, andhat the mark of Cain upon
the escutcheon of a state is just as
hideous as upon a human forehead.
But it is peculiarly murderous to
take the life of a woman when, as in
this state, women are practically out
laws. And women are practically
outlaws in all but 2 states of the
union since they have no voice in
perate, dishonored young mother if
these things are true!
With two children, two and four
years old, and a third on its way to
an unwelcoming earth, she faced de
sertion, shames helplessness, starva
tion. Physically incaplcatjd by her
condition she could not even have
worked for her babies. Youth, hus
band, honor, the respect of society,
all these things she had staked on the
love of a man and had LOST.
Not a strong womannot a wom
an in whom the mind controlled emo
tion or no man could have played her
such a trick, she faced blankly a fu
ture without love, without honor,
without even bread and meat for the
two lisping babies clutching at her
Bkirts and for the still unborn child.
Is it any wonder she refused to go
forward into that fog of despair with
out even the wttl-of-the-wlsp of love
to lure her into Its enfolding black?
Is it any wonder her mind gave way
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