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AN OLD MI'S IN TALL WEEDS SOCIAL RUIN, BABY HIDDEN i I new-orders, at be- a John- in be Sti-Cr'm'' St. on prote--- to ion g.m-",!" the be. el.-m-nt He Little One Was Wrapped in an Elaborate Silken-Embroidered Shawl. DISCOVERY WAS ACCIDENTAL. Place of Abandonment a Vacant Lot on Prairie Avenue year Kennerly. ' MURDER WAS THE OBJECT. Shawl Was Tied Over the Infant's Head, but It Wriggled Loose and Its Cries Attracted Tassers-by. A 2-weeks-old white femalo baby was found 1n the tall weeds of a vacant lot on Kennerly avenue, west of Prairie avenue. Saturday morning. The little one was left there some time Friday night, and it was evidently the wish of the person who abandoned her that she should die of starvation and exposure. The baby was found at 1 o'clock Saturday morning by two passers-by who heard tho cries and went to the rescue. Capt. Campbell believes it was a deliberate attempt to kill the baby, and he has placed Special Officers Gallagher and Roach at work on the case. At the hour above mentioned O. M. Har-baugh, 3714 St. Louis avenue, and Henry J. Otke, 4141 Newstead avenue, were passing the vacant lot when they heard the muffled cries of an infant coming from the weeds which were almost waist high. They waded about in the grass, feeling their way with their feet until they got about five yards from the sidewalk, when they stumbled over a parcel of Infantile humanity. It was a pretty, chubby little thing and seemed immensely pleased when found. It's only covering was a white flannel shawl, on which was worked an elaborate design of flowers in white siik. There had ben a laundry mark or initials of some kind In one corner of the wrap, but the letters had been carefully cut out. The finders of the babe turned Iter over to Patrolman Fitzgerald, and he sent her to St. Ann's Orphan Asylum. Captain of Police Campbell says it is evident that the person who left the baby-there did not want It to be found alive Murder was intended or the child would Iiave been left on a doorstep or at least near the sidewalk. Another thing which points to the evident desire to kill the baby is the fact that the shawl had been tightly wrapped aoout its hetfid. so that it would suffocate, but fortu nately the infant, in wriirgling aoout. had loosoned the folds and thus was enabled to breathe the fresh air. Where jlie baby was found is one of the most lonesome spots in the city. There are but two houses on the block and one of them is vacant. The men who found the baby had been to a meeting on Finney avenue an 1 went down Kenn.r'.y av.:iue to make Fnort cut to to I ltarbau.-n Imnie '"' point ' c-tlirlv Jivi-nn.. i the ; new real in a i baby :is f.nin.i K street made through a prairie bv a .n- . u .!:,,!. itardiy one day i asM-s there With all of these facts cons pel sun hrew ,h : . , 'k . .'".'J in'u,tnr. !"" that It should . rM ,u U,S'IV Officer Roach an. o.'ll....k,.. . ftiawl tint u ahcii th. .i.'i " ' ... lng to find the pvrnjn to whom she belonged. J ' -T. vT,-: xVv' SSSsy S MtiY,,ZMZJ'iW BABY GIRL FOUND AMONG WEEDS. Mrs. David A. Penman Tells th Story of Her II us-"band's Life. HELD AS A COUNTERFEITER His Family Respectable and His Kinsmen Hold Honorable riaces. LIQUOR AND BAD COMPANY. The Relatives Believe lie Was Unduly Influenced and That He Is the Victim of Others. The arrest of David A. Penman, the sign-writer, 914 Cass avenue, on a charge of making counterfeit money, unfolds a pathetic story of u. gcod family's efforts to save the husband and father from ruin. Denman is Bj years old. He is a brother of Eugene W. Lh-nman. ch:ef clerk in the Missouri Pacific Railway offices, and of Theodore F. Lenman. a clerk in the same employ. ,, . He has three chtl Or:-n. all grown. One of hts sons. Richard, is a Job printer at 914 Cass avenue: his daughter, a very pretty voting woman, is a stenographer with L. I Kingsiand & Co., and his yojnuest s-vi is a clerk for the Kansas a id Texas Coal Company. ,. Mrs Penman, the wife and mother, lives nt lituS North Tenth street. She was in deep distress Saturday morning wlien a Post-Pispatoh reporter called. With honest ti-ars she told the following story: "It is hard to believe my husband guilty of crime. I knew he had acquired bad n.ib'.ts, but it never once oi cured to 'is he would ever do such a tiling as this. If he should be found guilty I can attribute it to drink and bad company. "on account of his love fjr liquor I was compelled to discard him fix months ago. We had a happv family once. Mr. Denman is a skilled" mechanic and for years worked with the F. H. Brownell Car Co. as painter and decorator. Five years ago the foreman. Gus Lang, died and since then my husband lias had no steady employment and spent a great leal of his time drinking and in bad company. "His conduct was so shockfr.g that my daughter was compelled to leave the house on account of his bad language. Six months ago he made an outbreak and I was compelled to have him arrested. I got him out next day, but have not lived with him since. ' Mv children and myself were willing to support him in idleness if he would only behave. My son Richard would not see his father turned entirely on the streets, so he permitted him to sleep in the rear room of his printing office. Only last week we learned that he was receiving bud men there, plaving cards and drinking with them on Sundays and at rights. My son spoke to him about it, and he promised to abandon them. "Rut if mv husband is guil y of this crime, whiskv did'it. and he is the victim of others who are worse. When in liquor anybody could influence him. and I have warned him so often about the company he kept. He may be telling the truth when he says he found the counterfeit mold in an ash-box.". Richard Denman. the son. is greatly grieved over the old man's cisgrace. and he spent an hour Saturday morning with the Government Inspectors giving an account, is far a he knew, of the men with whom Deroman had been associating, among them a man known as "Vinegar Hill." INFANT ON A DOORSTEP. It Was Neatly Done Tip to Kesemble a Package. Delia Jackson, a colored domestic, was descending the front steps at 30"0 Pine street lute Frliay nlirht hen she stumbled over i a bundle lying A piping cry followed, and turning she found that a white male infant, about two months old, carefully wrapped up to resemble a package, had !een left there. rne r ,,. w,.r. untitled ami l-ie Cll.l! aWen to the Hethesda Home. 3.'.33 Laclede ! avenue The Identity of the little one is t.. M.-.thli. was neat and 1 tastefully arranged. 6o HE Mrs. THIS Court local with street. and that Mrs. Mr. asked "His said, of when teeth "The a "He several afraid Dingwell he and done The J. John believes of In American stores, arrested. property prominent stat-init session The ' ad-m n A. , rated !

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 07 Aug 1897, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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