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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 4

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day, shouting "Down with the kai
ser!" Police, apparently, made no se
rious effort to restrain crowds.
Copenhagen. Swedish steamer
Belte, bound from Newcastle to
Stockholm, intercepted in North sea
by German submarine, and escorted
to Swedish port of Halmatad. Not
stated why steamer's course waB
Stockholm. Skippers arriving
here reported hearing heavy cannon
ading in Baltic sea off the island of
Gothland. Believed German and
Russian fleets engaged.
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John Armstead, 20, colored, is a
problem for theologians to solve, for
while' John has the absolute faith in
God of a minister or priest, he also
thinks that if God permits him to
commit certain acts it must be right
in God's sight
John was" in the boys' court
charged with having stolen $10 from
his landlady, who had been kind to
The Btory he told was pitiful He
has been an orphan for five years
and says he has always tried to do the
best he could and prayed to God to
help him be good. He got out of
work some time ago and drifted to
He admitted that he stole the $10
and said that shortly afterward his
conscience troubled him so that he
set fire to the money. He at no time
denied his guilt
The state's attorney and Attorney
Leo LeBosky, acting as public de
fender in the boys' court, had an ar
gument about John's religion.
The Btate's attorney believed a
short stay in the Bridewell would
show John that prayer wasn't suf
ficient, he must put works behind it
and a little will power and that he
would get the win power out on the
rock pile.
LeBosky made a strong appeal to
the court
"I think the boy's prayers will help
him more than the Bridewell," Le
Bosky declared. "If the state's attor
ney could see some of the people that
come from the Bridewell he would
find they are supplied with 'won'.t
not 'will.' If we release this boy and
he Bteals again the crime would not
be as great as if we put him in the
Bridewell and make a mistake. So
ciety helped make him what he is.
You cannot turn him loose in a school
of several hundred criminals and have
that "help him. He has told us he sub
mits his case to the final judge of
judges. He seems to feel alone re
sponsible to that judge and He will
get the last guess on the boy, no
matter what we do here. It might
not mean much to us, as we stand
here with a whole lot of cases,, to
grind another fellow into the work
house, but it means a lot to him. He
told his story with candor, he wants
to make restitution and he promises
it will not happen again. There are
times when honest men get crooked,
when circumstances combine to force
them into it and this boy was without
work and without money.
"This boys' court is to make men
out Of boys, to find out if a boy is
right or wrong, and if he is right, go
with him all the way."
Judge Dolan placed John on proba
tion with an order to make restitu
A sympathetic strike has been de-,
clared by the tailors and cutters
against the Northwest Side shop of
the Continental Tailoring Co., and it
is expected the trousers shop will
come out today.
Girl pickets report that the police
are already engaged in the use of
strike-breaking tactics.
Dissatisfaction in the entire cloth
ing industry indicates that a general
strike may occur at anf moment and
the Amalgamated Clothing Workers
of America declare they are in a po
sition to cope with such a situation.

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