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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 06, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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The other side of the tangled free
love story of Dr. Henry Lahdwirth,
whose trial is now pending in the
morals court, was told by
Jeanette Landwirth, first love of the
radical doctor and mother of his 7-year-old
daughter. It was Jeannette
Landwirth who caused the arrest of
Dr. Landwirth and his second love,
Lillian Drescher, when she found
them living together in a flat at 1046
N. California av. The case will be
heard April 27.
Jeannette Landwirth says she met
the doctor when she was a young girl
in London, that she was impressed
by his talk in favor of free unions;
that she lived with him for eight
years, and that out of this union was
born the little girl, whom she accus
es Landwirth of neglecting and final
ly abandoning. To a reporter for
The Day Book she gave the following
answer to Landwirth's free love sen
timents: "He claims present society is
fnnnHpH nn force and brutality. His
statement is correct when he refers 1
to characters such as himself.
"Yes, love and truth are everlast
ing, but when he puts evil behind
love and falsehood behind truth, can
it be everlasting? Love is not a crime
at present, never was and never will
be. He states, 'I committed a crime
because I love. No doubt he is re
sponsible for what he says. His love
is money plus animal. Eternal love
can that ripen in 13 days?
"What is the character of he who
lives on the earnings of his wife, at
the same time loving another, keep
ing his wife and child ignorant of
that love, knowing also that his free
dom would be given him at any time
he desired it. But consider a mo
ment His thought undoubtedly was:
'I won't drop one before I'm sure of
the other,' and when he was sure he
took his opportunity, but at such a
moment when his wife was helpless,
iLelDless because sickness had over-
tanen her, after eight years of hard
work to help him along. Did Lillian
Drescher know of the condition of
his wife and child? Yes, good friends
of his informed her, but his assumed
titles were dearer to her than the life
of his wife and his 7-year-old child.
"He compares himself with Maxim
Gorky. Maxim Gorky, at the age of
12, wanted to kill his stepfather be
cause he insulted his mother. What
would Maxim Gorky do to him that
left the fruit of his former love to un
known fate?
"He also states Christ, the Great
Savior, quotes: 'Uplift and ennoble
society.' The individual must first be
uplifted and ennobled. Did he do
what Christ said? He left a woman
and child to their fate. What if the
woman's character had been weak?
What would be her fate and the fate
of her child? Did he help uplift and
ennoble their lives? No. How then
dare he quote the great words of
"Landwirth claims he thoroughly
believes in the vital and abiding
union with one woman as a true ba
sis of the family, but he says we shall
have few unions until we have a free
family. What's the idea? How many
victims does he intend to make and
how many lives does he intend to
ruin before he thinks of a definite
"He further says: 'Men and women
must be free from Interference of
legal and ecclesiastical force?' Under
these conditions, what kind of unions
would result and what would become
of our women? What protection
would- our children have?
"AnotherNthing I wish tor say and
that is, when he wanted to justify his
action through the paper, did he
mention that he ever had a wife and
child. He just mentioned he had to
face the morals court because he
loves a woman."
London. Parliament adjourned
until April. 17 customary Easter recess.

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