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seemed she always had to deny her
self some little things she wanted.
Wednesday night the girl was
tired out after the long day's work,
but she couldn't sleep. She tossed
about in her bed all night long, and
when morning came she didn't go to
work. - -
Instead she told her mother she
was sick, and when the aged parent
left the house that morning she ran
to the bathroom and swallowed ten
mercury tablets. Three are enough
to cause death.
They hurried her to the private
hospital of Dr. Katherine Corcoran
at 3159 W. Jackson blvd. and gave
her treatment to save the life she
was "willing to cast off. When she
was able to speak she told the doc
tors of her struggle to get along and
her failure to find happiness.
The hospital where she now lay
was a private one a place for peo
ple with money and not for State
street department store girls. So
they called the ambulance of the
Fillmore street police station.
On the long, jerky ride to the
County hospital, where all poor peo
ple are taken in, Miss Weljs told Dr.
E. A. Aisenstadt about her failure to
live fairly with a slim pay envelope
between her and starvation.
The doctor helped carry her into
the big hospital that cares even for
State street salesgirls. Then he
went back to the station and wrote a
report to his chief. "Lack of money
for rent and necessities" was one of
the reasons to which he ascribed her
There were other causes for her
despondency, he explained in his re
port, but dread of the pinching,
grinding life of a State street shop
girl was the big reason.
Chas. A. Stevens & Bros, own the
great building between Mandel's and
Marshall Field's, on State street It
runs through to Wabash av.
The Stevens are rich, every one
of them. They have a dozen auto
mobiles in the family to make sure 1
that none of them may have to walk
about in the midwinter slush.
They go to church, nearly every
one of them. Chas. A., member of
the Stevens firm, is one of the" pil
lars" of St. Paul's Universalist
church, at 30th and Prairie av. He
pays his share of the $5,000 salary
they give their minister for his
He's a good church man. He sends
his son and daughter to church al
most every week and they both sit
through the sermon and then teach
Sunday school afterward.
A. Stevens used to be leader in
this same Sunday school. Many
times he stood up before the little
children and sang from hymn books.
Then he led them in prayer.
His son later was head of the
church school on Sunday and man
ager of the girls at Stevens' all week
long. He has always been a good
boy; went through college With a
But then this is a story about Ger
trude Wells, 23, who tried suicide.
Despondent Lack of money.
PRESIDENT MAY WITHDRAW
GARRISON ARMY PLAN
Washington, Jan. 22. President
Wilson will not insist upon creation
of Sec'y Garrison's proposed conti
nental army if it threatens the whole
program, according to information
today of administration leaders in
The president is, however, adamant
against Sen. Chamberlain's compul
sory military education plan, accord
ing to the same sources.
Sec'y Garrison is still vigorously
fighting for the continental army'
scheme, but the president has advis
ed the congressional leaders that
while he believes it to be the best
citizen reserve plan yet advanced, he
is not willing that it shall imperil the
entire army program.
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