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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 13, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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Isaac Neuman, sup't of deliveries
of Rothschild & Co., took the stand
yesterday before Judge Stelk in the
. court of domestic relations to an
fl? swer to the charge that he ruined
Sadie Wisebaum, 17, an underpaid
clerk at Rothschild & Co.'s.
Neuman said he was 45 years old,
a widower and the father of three
children. He denied having improp
er relations with Sadie Wisebaum,
but' admitted taking her many times
io lunch, to dinner in loop cabarets
and out in taxicabs. He explained
that he did this merely because "he
- took a liking to her." The little
"Wisebaum girl, looking young
enough to be Neuman's granddaugh
- ter, sat in the crowded courtroom
while Neuman told his story.
Under a severe cross-examination
by Ass't State's Att'y Dayid Rosinia,
aided by Att'y Miles J. Devine, Neu
man said he met the girl in Augus't
while she was substituting for the
office girl in his private office. Two
days later he began taking her to
lunch at Delco's. And after that he
had her wait for him evenings. Then
they went cabareting in Various
cafes, including Friars' inn, operated
by George Silver; the Mandarin inn,
the Winter Garden and the Boston
Oyster house. He excused himself
by explaining he merely thought well
enough of her to show her a 'good
time. He admitted that there are
two other girls regularly employed in
his office, but he has never shown
this interest towards either of them,
fe In answer to Rosina's question,
Neuman said nothing improper had
occurred during any of these late
suppers or taxi rides. He said they
had never drank anything stronger
than coffee and water. He denied
ever asking the Wisebaum girl to
marry him; ever promising her a life
.of luxury if -she would consent to be
his wife, or ever suggesting a trip to
tfew. Jorkv ajthdugh, he sa,ld. he
planned a trip to the eastern city by
himself. He also denied ever giving
the girl money.
Previous to Neuman's appearance
on the stand, the prosecution was
dealt a severe blow when Att'y Chas.
V. Barrett, counsel for the State
Street Merchants' ass'n, who is de
fending Neuman, called as a witness
Isabelle Carruthers, a court attache.
Miss Carruthers testified to a con
versation between Sadie Wisebaum
and her uncle, John S. Berger, which
took place in the ante-chamber of
the courtroom yesterday morning.
According to Miss Carruthers, the
girl had balked at taking the stand
against Neuman and said she had lied
when she accused him of having rela
tions with her. Then, according to
Miss Carruthers, Berger threatened
the girl with jail unless she clung to
her story against Neuman.
Miss .Carruthers' appearance as a
witness for Barrett and the Roths
child boss created a mild sensation in
the courtroom, both Rosinia and
Att'y Devine heavily attacking her
Later Berger and Sadie Wisebaum
took the stand and denied the story.
Berger said the only conversation of
that character which had taken
place was one in which the girl ex
pressed a fear of testifying against
Neuman. To bolster up her courage,
Berger said he promised her and her
mother a trip to California when the
trial was over, so that she might for
get the ordeal.
The girl substantiated Berger's
story and repeated her accusation
against Neuman, saying that he was
thev first and only man with whom
she had improper relations.
Neuman's pals at Rothschild's
lined up with him in his fight on the
17-year-old girl clerk. J. M. Mc
Clurkin, 6329 Woodlawn av., general
sup't of Rothschild's, and Chas. S.
Robey, 61,07 Jflmbark av.f sup't o

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