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GIRL'S STORY SHOWS SORDID LOVE AFFAIRS
ARE FOSTERED IN CITY PARKS
BY JANE WHITAKER
While they are trying Will-Orpet
on the charge of murder of Marion
Lambert because of the illicit rela
tions that grew out of their friend
ship nurtured on lonely country
roads beneath the soft glamor of a
harvest moon, it is interesting to
contemplate, though brutal to re
flect upon, some of the incredible
things that happen right in the heart
of Chicago in the parks we have set
aside that our people may for a lit
tle while get back to nature.
The girl who told her story in the
court of domestic relations yester
day where she accused a man of
being the father of her illegitimate
child was not the first girl who has
told of her downfall beginning in
some of the shady spots in the city
parks, but she did reveal one differ
ent angle adding to the total of dan
ger the parks hold for girls.
She did not hesitate to tell her
story despite her apparent sense of
shame, for Judge Rooney has a way
of questioning that can best be de
scribed as "homely" a closer feel
ing with the people who come into
the court than most judges show.
She said she met the father of her
child in Douglas park on the 4th of
July. A girl introduced them. A
week later their illicit relations be
gan and they continued until August,
each time taking place in the dark
sheltered nooks of the park. .
She did not want to prosecute the
man, because he is going to marry
her some dav when he gets a divorce
from his second wife, and, in the
meantime, his mother is taking care
of the baby and has been since a
week after it was born, because the
girl's mother wouldn't let her bring
it home. 'Sometimes she takes
clothes to it. and the night before she
visited it, and as long as the man is
taking care of it she didn't think it
was fair to do anything to him.
"Do you admit fcsing the father of
the child?" Judge Rooney asked the
"I don't feel sure," he answered.
"I was with her only once that was
in August, and there was another
"He knows all about the other
man," said the girl. "I never saw
the man before. He came to us
when we were in a dark place in the
park and he said he had watched us,
and he was a detective, and if I didn't
stay with him he would arrest us
both, and it would get in the papers,
so I stayed."
"Is that the truth?" asked the
"It is, and he knows it is because
he waited or me and took me home
..'ii thought the man was a
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admitted the accused man. "He
threatened us and I asked her if she
was willing and she said she was."
The judge reflected. "What do
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intend to marry this girl? I haven't
any doubt about your being the fa
ther of her child."
"Why, yes I guess I'll marry her.
My second wife only lived with me
a week and then she left me because
I told her to choose between me and
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and it will be two years this August
I thought I would try to get a divorce .
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girl. "My mother says it is all right
as long as he's got the baby and tak-.
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At the suggestion of Ass't State's
Att'y Rosinia the case was continued
until September to see if the man
does marry the girl, for Rosinia said:.
"The law provides only that the child;
shall be supported, and the father is
supporting tie cbikU"