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kept our faith in the joy of it be
cause we had wise mothers who told
us just why it all was and what it
meant, and some of us buried the
romance in the hard struggle for ex
istence, and some of us, like little
17-year-old of last night, ran away
from an unsympathetic atmosphere
and regretted it, but all of us, every
one of us, were just as foolish, just as
romantic, just as selfish as little 17-year-old,
and if we are honest with
ourselves we have a very precious
memory of that time.
But I wish, oh, I wish very much,
that Big Sisters and mothers would
not forget when they are dealing
with- the present 17-year-old that
once they, too, were 17.
WIFE TELLS OF "HIGH FINANCE"
THAT WRECKED HUSBAND
A story of high finance which out
Wallingfords J. Rufus Wallingford is
told my Mrs. George Toenges in giv
ing the reason for the downfall of her
husband while president of the erst
while Night and Day bank of Rock
Mrs. Toenges is in Chicago await
ing her husband's removal by the
U. S. marshal to Rockton, where he
must stand trial in federal court.
With his 15 years' experience as
an officer of the Continental Na
tional bank, Toenges was prospering
nicely in Rockton.
Then a J- Rufus Wallingford ap
peared in the flesh, and with him
came the shadow of the prison for
"Two Chicago men, George Stuart
and Chas. Winden, with offices In La
Salle St., announced they were going
to start a factory in Rockton to man-ufacture-puncture-prooof
'It was a stock selling scheme and
desk room for the two stock sales
men was secured in our bank. The
promoters promised $10,000 if Rock
ton would subscribe $20,000 toward
the company. To show their faith the
depositors ent two $5,000 checks to
I the bank. Then the salesmen 'Bois'
rowed the checks to show the coun
try folks they were speaking truly
when they said $10,000 was already
subscribed. The checks never cam
back; neither did the men, whenthe
had cleaned up all the money ijjey
"The depositors blamed Mr. Tbert
ges and a run was started onthl
bank. The amount on hand "was
$1,500 less than the demand. 'a
"Then my husband walked into
Chicago thieves' nest. He had gootj
collateral and came to Chicago to
turn it into money. He went toTi,
commercial paper broker. The brea
ker took the paper for sale, then; 'hi
cheated my husband out of both pam
per and money. He sold the pape?
and put the money in his own pockfet'
and now the paper is coming back"t8
my husband for collection. , (
"In Chicago today there are scores
of commercial paper brokers wfia
make a living: by eettine men with a1
tfew hundred or thousand dollarsm
their clutches. They show them'i
royal time with all expenses paid un
til their greedy fingers are wefi
around the fattened purse. Then they
desert the poor fools. Their method'
is so slick there is no comeback. La
Salle st is full of such thieves.' '
"I even have no clothes," MrS.
Toenges said today. "While I was1
away they went into our house ahjd;
sold my clothes and $10,000 worfti
of antique furniture which belonged"
to me, all for a few hundred dollars."
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