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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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habit was suggested to her by an
'other young operator, who, like her
self, had become close to a nervous
wreck by running a switchboard.
Before she died Mary Willis told
the story to her landlady, Mrs. Leona
Gilhooley, 2036 Wabash av. This is it:
When Mary's nerves-got to the
jangling point she talked it over with
this other girl. The other girl told
her how, since she had become a tele
phone operator, she had reached the
point where she didn't care what hap
pened because of the weariness and
nervousness. Then she took a little
morphine one day because another
girl told her what relief it would
After she started taking it, the girl
told Mary, she didn't mind the whirl
of the day's work at the switchboard
nor the howl of the exchange man
agers for more speed, nor even the
"oastant scoldings of the subscribers.
"It sounds terrible," the girl said,
'but a little won't hurt you. When I
get so tired that my brain goes 'round
and 'round I take one of the little tab
lets. Then right away I'm as fresh
as though I was back from a vaca
tion." So Mary started taking one little
tablet "whenever she felt awfully
fired." But after awhile she found
that she couldn't get away from the
liabit and wanted the little tablets
near her.
Then Mary got married. Her hus
band knew nothing of Mary's mor
phine habit.
So Mary decided that it wasn't fair
to her husband to continue the habit.
Some one gave her an ad of "Doc"
Weatherby's, in which he guaranteed
to cure the drug habit by his "won-
aenui aiscovery. une cure was
as bad as the "habit" and Mary died.
The coroner's jury, while recom
mending an investigation of "Doc"
Weatherby's dope cure, might en
deavor to find out how many other
girls of the telephone company have
taken the little tablets to make them
forget their physical condition.
If Mrs. Ella James of 3245 South
Park av. is really a sleuth for Mrs.
Merriam's vice investigation commit
tee the body will have in its records
a typical story of some women's ex
periences in the world of dance halls.
Mrs. James, who claims that she
is investigating vice in dance halls
at the request of Aid. Merriam's wife,
went to the Walla Walla dance hall
and became acquainted with a young
character who called himself Dick
An evening together, during which
the pair, according to the young
man's story, visited a saloon and
then a South Side park, led to the
arrest of Walsh. He was freed in
the Stockyards' court.
He says that she flirted with him
and that, after picking up an ac
quaintance, they went to a saloon.
After the saloon the evening was
passed on a park bench. He also says
Mrs. James called for a policeman.
She denies all this. Mrs. Marriam
says that she is not investigating for
New York, April 15 A cheap
fountain pen may bring to justice
the slayer of Miss Claudia Hansbury
of Lansingburgh, N. Y. The woman
whose body was found stuffed under
a pile of rocks on the Astor estate,
the Bronx, was identified today. The
fountain pen was the clue that led
to this identification and also to the
arrest of RafEael Piciullo, a prosper
ous contractor, married and father
of 7 children.
o o
Maywood, N. J, Councilman Har
old S. Mabie is seeking trace of mov
ing picture company that came near
drownng a boy when their New
foundland dog failed to drag him
from the'wateras per schedule.

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