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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 24

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'C. B." STANDS FOR A MAN WHO
IS ANXIOUS TO "COME BACK"
Over the hardest road in the world
to travel, thorned with more mem
ones and salted with more tears than
the mind of man likes to contem
plate, C. B. is traveling -and he's got
the S. 0. S. signal out
Some years ago C. B. stood at the
top of the ladder. He was a civil en
gineer doing city work. He designed
the Lake View water system. Men
who were in the know called him a
topnotch man.
He was married and the father of
a happy family.
Then the booze hit him after he
had been hitting the booze as a good
fellow. He started slipping. He did
not slide so gradually as some men.
The fall from the top of the ladder
is harder than when a man is only
half way up.
He was arrested for being intoxi
cated and shown a little leniency. He
was arrested again and sent to the
Bridewell. The iron of it ate into his
soul. He, the man on the top, a
drunk doing time in the bandhouse.
He went once and came out and he
couldn't forget, so he went again and
the bandhouse has had him all told
fifteen times as a drunk.
The wife and the five children be
lieved in him. Sober, he was the best
father and husband, but the wife and
children were all that did seem to
believe in him.
Then he came into the domestic
relations court as a last resort, and
Judge Newcomer, knowing the man
that used to be, got the idea that
C. B. could come back. Instead of
the sixteenth trip to the bandhouse
he put him on his honor to keep
away from the booze and to work.
So far the man who wants to come
back hasn't been able to get what he
needs most a job and that not
withstanding that he is a draughts
man, that he is an engineer, a sales
man, and even more, that he has had
a musical education and is able to
teach playing the violin.
Yesterday the judge introduced!
C. B. to a Day Book reporter.
"Will you try to give him a lift by
asking some of your readers if they
can get him a job?" the judge asked;
"We will pay his room rent this
week and help him out as much as
we can until he gets a position," said
a sweet-faced member of the Junior
Cheer and Comfort league. "When a
man's trying to come back, the peo
ple that are on top ought to give him
a lift."
The reporter promised to make a"
try for a job by this method. If you
have a job that a man who wants to
come back may have to help him
will you advise The Day Book, for we
are withholding the name of the
man. C. B. means "Come Back."
AMBASSADOR'S WIFE ACTIVE IN;
SOCIETY
SEHORA, AKREDONDO
As wife of the Mexican ambassador!
at Washington, Mme. Arrendondo i3
more interested in international po
litics than in society, but despite the
Mexican entanglement continues hej
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