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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 6

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WEIRD CRUELTIES CHARGED IN 1
DIVORCE COURT.
A tale of diabolical torture that
rival's Frank Noris' story of Mc
Teague who found pleasure in, as
an expression of love, chewing his
wife's fingers until they bled all over
was toid today in Superior Court
Judge A. A. Partlow's court by Mrs.
Louise B. Herman. Her request for
divorce from Nathaniel Herman,
4049 Sheridan rd., was granted.
McTeague's wife's love for her
husband grew deeper with each new
torture he found to impose upon her
un,til she and the half-wit wite of the
Jew ragman used to boast of their
ill-treatment as they showed each
other their newest scars.
Mrs. Herman continued to love her
husband for seven years after their
marriage in 1909, she testified, until
excruciating mental and physical tor
tures her husuand imposed upon ner
wrecked her nerves until at one time
she attempted to stab herself to es
cape future misery.
Some" of the cruelties and tortures
of mind and body which she says
were imposed upon her were:
Threats to kill her;
Continual muttering under his
breath apparent threats which could
not be understood;
Twisting of her wrist so as to keep
them continually black;
Following her around the room,
pinching her as she-walked;
Dragging her from one room to
another or from one chair to anoth
er; Forcibly holding her still for long
periods;
Tearing of her clothes and hats to
keep her from going out and work
ing; Compelling her to remain in bed;
Once kept her locked in back yard
for hours in the rain;
Threatened to break her fingers
and her wrist so she could not oper
ate a typewriter.
Holding her on couch while he
pulled, her hair and punched, ber;
Forcing her to sit beside-him while
he played cards so that he could blow
tobacco smoke in her face;
Every time she would attempt to
read he would force the book so close
to her eyes she could not read and
hold it there;
Woud take her face between his
hands and shake it from side to
side;
Once while walking in Washington
park he held her and bit her cheeks
until a man jumped from a passing
wagon ;
Made a practice of keeping her
awake when she wanted to sleep;
Would drag her forcibly from her
bed to his they slept in twin beds
and then drag her back to her own
bed.
Mrs. Herman said these tortures
were not incidental but continual,
and other witnesses supported her.
She thought his conduct was
"awful," she said.
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FIRST CONGRESSWOMAN TAKES
SEAT IN HOUSE.
Washington, April 2. Congress
welcomed to its midst today with
mingled feelings its first woman
member, Miss Jeanette Rankin, who
up to early forenoon had spoken pub
licly just 22 words here.
She seemed a little timid, this quiet
woman who had swayed Montana
district into electing her.
She promises to be a sphinx for a
while until the stage-fright or lack of
knowledge of her position wears off.
Her single official statement to
date runs thus:
"I was .elected on the Republican
ticket and shall abide by the decision
of the Republican caucus in my vote
for speaker."
MILK GOES UP!
The Bowman Dairy Cd. today an
nounced that, beginning April 4, its
prices for milk would advance to C
cents a pint or 10 cents a quart. An
increase in the price of. cream wft3
, also announce
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