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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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A breath of bayou breeze wafted
into the court of domestic relations
when Louis McMurray and wife,
2941 S. Dearborn sL, shambled in.
For McMurray, despite the Celtic
sound of his name, was well colored,
and Mrs. Mac was as ebony.
They were sure 'nuff southern
cull'd folks, these two. You could
have told that as soon as you saw
them come into 'the courtroom, be
fore they ever started slurring
their r's.
"Jedge, yo' honna," began Susan,
black-eyed also black, very black
skinned "dis niggah, he don' want
to help me a-talL He ain't give me
nothin from November till last
Thursday, but abuse.
"All he does is get stewed on pay
days an' spend all his money afore he
gitsome to me. He hasn't lived
with me a-tall here lately, not a-tall,"
and Susan's 'voice rose to high in
flection. "And, jedge, yo' honna, that coon
neva was nobody till I married him
one year an' a month ago. He neva'
was nothin', that's so. Why all the
clothes tfiat boy's got on his back I
put them on him afore we was mar
ried. Yes, su! Yes, su! That very
suit he's wearin' now, I put that on
him afore our weddin'."
"I done hadta leave her,, jedge,"
said Louis. "She driv me t'it, she
did, jedge, 'deed she did."
"Then why did you go back to her
and give her $10 last Thursday?"
inquired Judge Jarecki.
" 'Cause I heered she'd got the law
on me, jedge. But it tain't ma fault,
jedge. She driv me t'it, jedge, deed
she did."
"Paroled for one year," was Judge
Jarecki's solution, after Louis prom
ised to go back to .Susan.
Washington. Midvale, Washing
ton Steel and Ordnance and Crucible
Steel Cos. get contracts for 14,200
4-inch arnior piercing shells,
The same treatment for the poor
man who drinks too much and vio
lates a city ordinance, or the wagon
driver who breaks a petty vehicle
law, or the youth who commits a
misdemeanor, as the rich automobile
driver gets, was asked by Aid. Ken
nedy at yesterday's council meeting
when he introduced an ordinance
which permitted the police to sum
mon instead of arrest in all cases
where the offense is punishable only
by a fine.
The present laws allow rich auto
speeders who endanger the lives of
pedestrians to take a little slip of pa
per, give the policeman their names
and appear in court at their leisure
for trial. But if a man drinks tooo
much or gets into a street brawl, he
is thrown into a cell unless his
friends hear about it and bail him
Kennedy thinks the present law
also discriminates against the poor
who caimot afford to get bonds and
in favor of the rich, who could get
bail in a moment's notice.
"There are a lot of poor devils who
are thrown into filthy police station
cells daily to stay over night, and
often a week, awaiting trial on some
petty charge," declared Kennedy as
he asked that the ordinance gp to
the judiciary committee for investi
gation and discussion. "Rich of
fenders who can get bail are only
summoned to court when they break
laws. Punishment is made very easy
for them. That's unfair."
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At a recent meeting of the Wom
en's Athletic club, COG S. Michigan
av., a member lost some valuable
jewelry. It was reported to the po
lice. When they appeared to do
nothing it was put in the hands of
State's Att'y Hoyne. He refuses to
tell the value of gems or owner's
name Members of the club refuse
to talk on the subject.

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