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"A Woman's Hard Lot" (Mary J. Sturdavant Stearns, 1892)
A WOMAN'S HARD LOT. Deserted by IIr Ifn.bsnd, After feeing Robbed of Her Property.. ' For some weeks past Chief Qiaos' has beeD od the track of a man named Lamott Stearns, who deserted his wife and three children tro jeara.agou Stearns was living with his family it Pneblo, Colo., at that time, and through the aid of his wife's mother he had managed to get together quite a lot o property. In some way -he maqaged to get it in his own name, when heqcidejei to get rid of his wife and children and mother-in-law. Mrs. Stearns's health was ailing and he talked her into coming to Southern California. Her mother consented to come with her. and they reached Pasadena two years ago, expecting Stearns to follow as soon as he could close out the business, but his wife has not seen him from that day to this, and the chances are that she will never see him again. This is not the worst of it, for the rascal has managed to rob her out of every cent, and she has been compelled to live on the county's charity at this poor-house. As soon as she reached Pasadena the rascally husband informed her that he was having trouble with the property, and he kept that up until one fine, morning she was notified that he had disposed of everything and skipped for paLis uukuuwh. About a year later he wrote her from Salt Lake, and sent her $30, the first money she had received from him since she left. Later on he sent his - little daughter tiO, and that is all they have received from him during the past two years. The poor woman and her mother worked at dressmaking or anything they could get until Mrs. Steams was taken sick, and as she had no means she was compelled to go to the county hospital, where she came near dying. auou as sue got out of the hospital she called on Chief Glass and asked if noimng coum be done to compel the brute of a husband to support his two children, for one of the little things has died since Mrs. Stearns came to the Coast. . . The Chief took a deep interest in the poor woman, and has been doing ailiin his power to help her out, but .he ismbw convinced from what he has learned of the case that nothing can be donc'as Stearns is such a worthless vagabond. The Chief received the following letter from the Chief of Police of Salt Lake a few days ago: Salt Lake (Utah.) April 20, 1802. J.M. Glass, Esq., Los Angeles, Cal Dear tra: Yours of the 21st inst. at Sana and contents noted. In reply, would say that Officer Joe E. O'Brien looked the matter up and found that Mr. Stearns left the White House Hotel last week in bad staidlmr owintr a board bill of $10 also a bar bill of SI 5. He also bilked a boardW-nouse keeper at Parmington. Utah, out of $25. He also bilked two men named Purcell and Wilson on a note for 3100 on the pretense of an overdraft in an Ogden bank. He also beat the-manager Of the Salt Lake employment agency out of $73 on a draft. He was discharged from the Continental In surancc Company for being short In his accounts. The letters Inclosed were mailed to him. He has a lock box an1 m th nnr- omce officials refused to give up the number the letters were mailed to him.. He Is stopping at the Valley House under an. assumed name. Hlg reputation among business men is very bad. Be lived with a very low prostitute here for some time. The officers learned that he was going to i.unj uuu gin irom Murray, Utah. Tue name 13 not known at present. He represents himself to be a single man and we believe he is no good. Respectfully, M. JANNBY. Marshal and Chief of Police. Mrs. Stearns was seen bv a Ibm re porter yesterday and told her.sadstAry :: lw u iter eyes. xne poor little womau is almost aeaa of consumption, and will last but a short time longer. "It is not sickness that is killing me,' said she, "but trouble. I have fought against taking my case to the divorce court for the reason that I had- no money, and I have held on to the hope that my husband would reform and come to me, out toere is no use, and now i shall get a divorce ia hopes that ireedom will relieve my mjnd.,IrJ am sorry that I cannot force him iq supper his children, but as I cannot shall have to do the best I can, I have known for a number of years that he was worthless, Dut l tnought if 1 could get him away from Colorado all would yet be well. I am not able to work. and my doctor says it win kill me In a lewmontns it i attempt to do anything, bnt my children must have bread, so I will do for them as long as I can, and then God have mercy on them."