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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 09, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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8fec, the boy who wouldn't tell on his
kw brother, should be dead and bu
ribif, another victim of the century
ord tragedy of a child and firearms.
Yet h'e is not even unconscious, he
hjio fever and is just asb right and
cHeerful as any boy who is receiving
all the attention in the world would
Dr. Joseph N. Palt is confident now
that the boy will recover. But he
wffl cany the bullet in Ms brain the
rest of his life.
"The case is the strangest I have
ever seen," said the physician. "Us
ually a man shot in the brain is kill
ed instantly. But here is a little boy
who Is not only alive after several
days, but beyond a slight drowsiness
shows, no ill effects of the experi
ence, It twas when Stephen wanted to
sleep and wouldn't get up on the
morning of the third day to go to
schoo that the physician was called.
H couldn't find the slightest thing
cne matter wiin tne ooy. utue ai,
aged 7, the cause of It all, was play
ufj cheerfully alongside his bed, and
the two boys were laughing and talk
ing. .,
tThen the doctor happened to run
his Sand over the elder lad's head
and 'found it covered with blood. His
exclamation brought sobs from Al
bert and then Stephen started to cry,
too Then he told his story.
The boys were alone in the house
and Albert got his father's revolver
ajfrd held it against Stephen's head
amrpufled the trigger. Stephen was
knocked over, but soon got to his
feet and stayed the blood with towels.
Ten they hid the towels and swore
to 'say nothing about it, figuring a
spanking would result.
The physician lost no time. Steph
en walked out to the doctors auto
mobile and was whisked to the hos
pital He walked into the institution,
bitt-when just inside his strength
faffed him and he had to be carried
Xray photographs revealed the loca
tion of the bullet slightly to tie-right
of the center of the brain. It was not
possible to operate All they could
do was wait and pray.
"I know he didn't mean to hurt
me," said the boy. "I wouldn't ever
have told on AI if the doctor didn't
find the blood."
Physicians all over the country are
interested and have telegraphed for
the latest developments. Some have
even come to see the, boy. All Keno
sha is interested, too, and Stephen
has more visitors than he can enter
tain. The sheriff and other officials
come daily, although no formal re
port of the affair has been given the
The boy is brave. "I'm feeling
fine," he tells all of them.
You have read the story of
Stephen Stec, the little hoy "who
wouldn't tell on his kid brother,"
although his younger brother
had sent a bullet irfto his brain.
'You have heard Stephen tell
why he wouldn't "tell on AI." -
What do you mothers and fa-
thers of Chicago think ot it?
Do you believe that Stephen's
attitude should be encouraged?
Or aiscouragedr
Should a boy be encouraged
"not to tell" under certain cir
cumstances, or should he be en
couraged to betray his "pals" if
his "pals" have done wrong?
Thousands of Chicago parents
who have little boys in their
homes would like to know the
right answer.
Will other fathers and mothers
write their opinion to The Day
Book and help us solve this
Was little Stephen's attitude
in not telling on his brother right
or wrong?

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