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GAY NIGHTS LllRKGffiLWIFE FROM AGH) MATE DELLA CHAMBERS McGETTIGAN 14, SENTENCED TO INDUS. TRIAL HOME HERE. Her Husband, Daniel McGetUgajuJM Is Going to Pay f 15 a Month For Her Support at Institution. For what is believed to be the first time in its history, a married woman has been sentenced to the Missouri state industrial school at Chillicothe, says the St. Joseph Gazette. A short- lived romance which youth and age failed to maintain and which shattered almost as suddenly as it begun, dance hall companions, drab days and gay nights—these have entered into the sentence. I^ella Chambers McGettigan, 14 years old, is going to the school this week, and her husband .Daniel McGittigan, 50, is going to pay $15 a month for her support there until she is released. > Delia was married to McGittJgan last June. She lived with him a week, she says. Tired of a marriage in which the discrepancy in age made futile any effort at companionship, she again sought the haven of her home, and no subsequent entreaties of her husband could induce her to share his roof. When a 14-year-old girl named Mary Smith was arraigned in juvenile court here last week she was questioned regarding the identity of her girl companions in the dance halls she attended. She named the "married woman." Delia McGittigan, and Delia was sought out and was later brought in on a charge of juvenile delinquency. Her youthful appearance was something of a shock to the austere court, and court attaches have not yet recovered from it, although, in words of Judge Utz, "such marriages are not nearly as rare as they ought to be." It was pointed out in the court that since the young wife had. ceased to live with fier husband she Had started attending public dances and was incorrigible. Her husband was also called before the court to testify. He bewailed his lack of influence over bis wife. The court, feeling that since Delia appeared to obey no one else, the state should be permitted to take a hand. The sentence was meted out with the order also that McGittigan should pay for the support of his wife.

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  1. The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune,
  2. 24 Feb 1925, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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