The American. (Omaha, Nebraska) 1891-1899, March 04, 1898, Image 4

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THE AMERICAN la orsaa or
ay erCV order, aaaoclalla. party, clique,
.'l'o or dlvtatoa o Ue population of
tkla f raad Kepublle, and reyudlalee
ttraada mMm all claim or cams that
It la aucb. I" auck ela or chart be
a4 P" or seraoaa boa
oavar. THE AMERICAS la a aewipapar ol
geaeral clrculaMoa. ola o tad balaf
raad by people of all rallaiou betiafa
Ml political afflltatleaa; by to wbtia
aad iba black, U naUra-bora and tb
aturalltod. th Jaw aad the OeeUI, ta
Protatnt and tba Komaa Catholic,
TbUelalm can b aubataatlatad la aay
court of Juatle at aay tlae.
I, to t. jmmfto. fruawi,
Tha second trial of Sollne Clewett
against the House of the Good Shep
herd of St Paul. Minn., was conclud
ed last week, when the Jury notified
the court that It could not agree.
A notable fact hi connection with
(he disagreement waa that every Pro
testant on the Jury bol loved Miss
Clewett waa entitled to damages while
every Konian Catholic on the Jury
barring one were opposm! to allow
ing ber anything aa ouwponsatuf
for hor Ulegal detention, Inhuman
treatment and porspnal Injury. On
each poll of the Jury. "U1 the laat
one. tt stood nine for assessing dam
ages agninst the House of tho Good
Shepherd and three against such as
mousing. This Information we glean from the
Ilreeie, the patriotic paper of St Paul
and White Hear Lake, whose editor,
Mr. A. M. Lawton. has championed
Miss Clewett's cauHe ever since she
left the damnable institution that for
years has robbed defenseless girls of
their hire and converted them Into
abject slaves, and that too under the
very eyes of Protestants who profess,
with so much outward how, to . be
Ironslstont and fervent followers of
the neck and lowly Nazurone.
Hut the disagreement of the Jury
does not settle the oontrovorsy. The
Breese says that Miss Clowett will
Immediately take her case up again,
and that It will be prosecuted until
Justice is done her.
That declaration has the right ring
to It and we hope the friends who
are able will send Miss Clewett what
ever assistance they can. as tt must
be plain to every American cttlxen
that she Is fighting not only for her
own rights, but for the rights of every
girl Illegally, unlawfully or feloni
ously Incarcerated in the various Ro
wan. Catholic prisons scattered over
this fair land.1 Let her be victorious
and the death-knell of Roman Catho
lic convents, nunnerhw and Houses
of the Good Shepherd will have been
sounded. Let her be defeated and
your daughters may bo spirited away
and unlawfully, Illegally and feloni
ously Imprisoned la aanie one of
Rome's jails at some day im the future.
It should not he waaerstood that
tho Inhuman, unchristian and dast
ardly treatment c-ompUmtd of by the
girls who have escaped from the St
Pan! house, and which they swore to
In this trial. Is the exception and not
the rule. We want to state that thoy
are all very much alike, and. If pos
sible, each one ts Just a little worse
than the other. We have the record
of the one in St. Louis, of the one In
Kansas City, of the one In Chicago
and of the one in South Omaha, and
they are all bad. The moat brutal
clave driver of the South never abused
Ms chattels as do the damnably pious
nuns the helpless girls and women
who are inveigled lnto;Roman Cath
olic institutions and niade to work
like beasts, live like brutes and dress
In clothing tften stolen from other
inmates of the, Institutions. We have
listened to not one, but to many
ajrls, as they have related the awful.
the barbarous, the hellish practices
In the so-called schools and reform
atories of the Roman Catholic church,
and, without a single exception, their
stories have fairly reeked with charg
es of the most gross, base, vile, in
human treatment of the unfortunates
who have gone Into, or have been
placed there through the false repre
sentations of the black-hearted or ig
norant procurers for those unholy in
atitutlons, above the doors of which
might truthfully be printed, "Aban
don hope all ye who enter here."
Therefore, knowing these un-Godly
places to be exactly what we repre
sent them, and knowing the thous
ands of hearts that are today wrung
with anguish and despair because of
their deplorable, friendless and help
less condition, and knowing the kind,
loving, generous, christian character
of the Protestant American women,
we appeal, on behalf of these suffer
ers, these despairing souls, that each
one of you pledge yourselves to do all
la your power to drive from Ameri
can soil the prison pens of Rome, in
which American girls are compelled
to slave from early morn until late
at night without hope of reward, and
for the purpose of keeping in idleness
and luxury, lazy, lascivious priests,
and the mistresses of the church the
nuns of Rome.
You can assist in this in two ways.
First by helping Seline Clewett win
her battle; and, second, by placing In
the hands of every other American
Protestant wife and mother this issue
ff the American which contains the
worn testimony of girls who have
gone through the terrible ordeal.
Will you take the pledge? Answer
by your work.
It does not happen every day that
a priest of the Roman Catholic church
la honest enough to sire expression to
his Ira feelings or to voice the santt- 1
meat of the church as to the duty of
Roman Catholics when a heretical or
Protestant nation llks the I'nlted
States Is Involved In a dispute or a :
war with a Roman Cat hollo country
like Spain. Yet. occasionally, there la
one who Is not sufficiently grounded
In the principles of Jesuitism who says
openly what the others are urging se
cretly through ths confessional. It
was so last week at Rondout. N. Y..
when Priest Weber said It would be
the duty of Roman Catholics to take
np arms in favor of Spain In case of
war between! that country and ths
UnHd States. The Associated Press
dispatches, after exposing his utter
ances, attempted to render them Im
potent by declaring that mtny of the
people who listened to him left the
church, while the members of the
military organisation which he waa ad
dressing, are made to say that they
would, to a man. fight for the United
States. All this Is the worst kind of
bosh. The history of the world shows
that Romanists do not keep faith with
Protestants; that they are only loyal
to the government under which they
live ar long as the church can gain
power o make money out of their
loyalty. We know this, and we would
not trust any Romsn Catholic should
war li declared agnlnst Spsin. They
would betrsy every secret they ever
rsme Into possession of, and would be
a source of weakness to this govern
ment from the start. No priest, after
Prince Gibbon's declaration that a
war with Spain would mean a war with
"the mother country," would hesitate
to divulge everything' he learned to
his bishop, nor the bishop to
th archbishop; nor the arch
bishop to the cardinal; nor they to the
pope, and the pone would not hesitate
to let Catholic Spain know the plans
and secrets of this government We
say this at this time because we de
sire the government at Washington
to understand that It Is not the ene
mies that are without that it has to
fear In the event of war with Spain,
but it Is those who are professing
loyalty with treason lurking In their
hearts. The government should under
stand that If there Is a leak whereby
Its secrets and plans are published to
tho world, that leak can ba traced. In
ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, to
Roman Catholic scource. Unless the
government proceeds upon that
theory, unless It gives Its Roman Cath
olic officers In the army and navy to
understand that a surrender of Ameri
can men of war and of American
soldiers and sailors to the Spanish,
under any ctrcumstances that will not
bear the closest scrutiny they will be
held to be guilty of treason and pun
ished accordingly. It need hnrdly ex
pect to be victorious at the start.
Unless the government assumes
such an attitude. It may expect to see
Its navy the property of Its enemies,
and Its soldiers the victims of an am
bush. Romanism would stop at noth
ing to bring this country under the
voke of Rome. It expects to see the
fulfillment of John Ireland's prophecv
that In "1900 we (the Roman church)
will take this country and keep it."
and they believe that while Protest
ant Americans are battling against
Spain, the 100.000 armed and drilled
Roman Catholics, who are ready to
war with England, yet who have never
pTered their services against Roman
Catholic Spain, will be able to nut the
iTotestants who remain it home to
the sword and Install the pone with
out much opposition.
W e don t expect everybody to be
Ileve this assertion, but we believe It.
and, believing it have done our duty
nv calling your attention and the at
tantion of the head of our national
government to the facts ss they exist,
and to history as Impartial historians
have written it If the warning is not
peoMen. we shall not be to blame when
the crisis comes. Yet, we would to
God. that Americans would become
such in deed as well as In name.
Ihe career of Frances E. Wlllard
illustrates what an earnest, single
nearted. patriotic, pure, consecrated
lire can accomplish. A graduate of
the Northwestern University, at the
outset of her career she had the al
ternative of choosing the profession
of teaching, in which line of human
endeavor she could have won fame
and fortune. Her wonderful self-
poise, her brilliant intellectual attain
ments and her superior mental quali
ties eminently fitted her for the voca
tion of an Instructor. But the want,
woe. wretchedness, suffering, sorrow
and anguish which the liquor traffic
Drought to the world so impressed
her woman's heart that at the age of
28 she resolved fully to dedicate her
time and talents to the temperance
cause and to allied reforms. And
for twenty-five years she "counted not
her life dear," but worked incessant
ly for the amelioration of humanity,
for the rescue and reformation of the
drunkard and the outcast, that Joy,
gladness and happiness might
bo restored to these homes
that had been desolated by the
monster rum and the allied
forces of Impurity. She died at the
early age of 58, worn out by her
abundant labors in the Interest of hu
manity. Her name will be graved
high up on the pedestal of fame. Her
memory will be cherished by mourn
lng millions. "She hath done what
Bhe could.
We praised Judge Scott for disbar
ring J. J. O Connor for attempting
to bribe him in Count Creighton's
interest; now Count Creighton can
praise Scott for deciding in his favor
after his attorney had attempted to
bribe him. It is well that Judge
Scott te like Potiphar's wife, above
After all the testimony offered by
Mrs. Shelby to prove that her father
waa of unsound mind when he deeded
his property to his brother Count
John A. Creighton, Judge Scott has
decided In favor of the Count That
was a slick move of the Count's at
torney to attempt to bribe the Judge.
From the verdict of the Jury in the
Bartley bondsmen case It would seem
that that money which we are told
the court and the Jesuit Attorney
General Smythe, were informed had
been raised to corrupt the Jury with
was placed where It would do the
most good.
Q Well after your mother died
what did you Ji? Did you do any
work la the hviaehold? A. I kept
house for my father for about a year.
Q. And then whereabouts did you
go? A. I went out to do housework.
Q. Well, after that Did you go to
work. In Minneapolis? A. Yes, sir.
Q. For whom? A. For Mrs. Mc
Dermott. Q Well, who went with you to Mrs.
McDermott? A. Mrs. J. M. Root.
Q. Where does she live? A. 8h
lived at White bear at the time.
Q. How long had you known her at
the time? A. I knew her for a couple
of years.
Q. Well, you went to work for Mrs.
II. P. Hand In Minneapolis did you?
. Yes, sir.
Q. Who went with you? A. Mrs.
M. Root
Q. Did she ft you that place to
work? A. Yes, s'r.
Q. About how long did you work
for Mrs. Hand at Minneapolis? A.
Q. And then what happened? A.
Then she moved o 8t Paul.
Q. And then did you come to St
Paul with her? A. Yes. sir.
Q. And how long, about did you
work hero for her? A. About nine
Q. What kind of work were you do
ing there? A. General housework.
Q. For wage? A. Yes, sir
Q. What wags was Mrs. Hand giv
ing you? A. Three dollars a week.
Q. Now after you had been working
at Mrs. Hand's this nine months In St.
Paul, did you see Mrs. Root again? A.
Yes, sir.
Q. Was she and Mrs. Hand friend
ly? A. Yes. sir.
Q. How often did she come to Mrs.
Hand's house? A. Quite often.
Q. Was Mrs. Root friendly with
you? A. Yes, sir
Q. Did she act very kindly to you
or not? Ud to this time I mean? A.
Yes, sir. ' 'wi
q. Well, this time I am talking
now, getting diwn to the time you
went to the House or the Good Shep
herdthat was alonr about when?
About when wai it, as you remember
It, when you went out there or was
taken out, to thj House of the Good
Shepherd or go; out there, whatever
way It was? what month was it? A.
In December.
Q. Well, do y u recollect the year?
, 1894.
Q. Well, on that night, about when
did you first see Mrs. Root. A. She
came Into my room. She said she had
got me a place to stay for a while, if
I would go, and I said yes.
O. Well now, she staid with you
and got you ready to go, you say, well,
go where? A. D'dn't say.
Q. Did you and Mrs. Root leave
Mrs. Hand's houe? A. Yes, sir.
Q. About wha- time In the evening?
A. About 8 o clock.
Q. How did vou go; did you walk
or ride? A. Ride.
Q. In what? A. In a hack.
Q. Who wert with you and Mrs.
Root In that hack, if anybody? A. Mr.
J. M. Root.
O. Was ther anyone else In that
hack except these two and you? A.
Yes. sir.
Q. Who? A. I don't remember.
Q. Was the te-son Inside the hack
or was he driving? A. He was
Q. Did you know the person, did
you know him? A. It war so dark I
couldn't see.
Q. Well, I ask you: Did you stop at
any house with your rig? A. At the
House of the Good Shepherd, where
she took me.
Q. What tim did you get there? A.
It was late at tight.
Q. When yo'i got there what was
done then? A. Mrs. Root went in
side the bulldine. for a few minutes.
and then came cut and took me In
Q. Well, when you went in there
did you know what place 't was? A.
No. sir.
Q. When you got Inside, where did
they take you? A. I sat on a chair in
the hall.
Q. Well, what did Mrs. Root say or
do to you then? A. All she said, "she
hoped I would be a good girl."
Q. What war done with you then?
A. She didn't say but a few mln.
utes. Then the sister took me In a
large room where some girls were.
Q. Did you know that you were go
ing out to the H uise of the Good Shep
herd when you went to that institu
tion? A. No. sir.
Q. When you first went in there had
you known it? A. No, sir.
Q. When you first went In there
what department did they put you
into? A. In the sewing department
Q. Then whereabouts did they put
you? A. Put me in the laundry de
partment Q. What did you do then? A.
Washed and lroaed.
Q. Who had ctarge of that depart
ment, of that room, what Bister? A.
Her name was s!..ter Matilda.
Q. Well, who wns In charge when
you came away from there what sis
ter? A. Sister St. Bernlce.
Q. Did Sister Zephrlne have any
charge there? A. She had charge of
the girls. Not In the laundry depart
Q. Well, while you were there did
you ever ask any of the sisters to go
out? A. Yes, sir.
Q. To go out of there what sister?
A. Sister Zephrlte.
Q. How man times do you think?
A. About two or three times before
the time I went away.
Q. Do you remember anything that
she told you about going out? A. Said
if I would be a good girl she would
see what time she would let me out.
Q. Now understand my question:
You say you asked hei- she told you
if you would be u good girl she would
see about letting you out Did she
ever say anything, tell you anything
else, while you were In there, about
letting you out? A. Not until the
time I asked to po out, the last time.
Q. When was that? A. That waa
about the last of April or first of
Q. Before you run away? A. Yes,
Q. What did she say then? A. Said
she would never let me out
Q. And then after that was the
time you say you ran away?. A. I
run away.
Q. Could you talk alone with each
other, or did the sister or somebody
have to be preient? A. The lister
was there In ths room. A. What do you mean?
Q. Did you have to talk loud Q. Were the testers kinder to them
enough so the sister could hear you? than to the rest of you? A. Yes. sir.
X. Yes. I Q- Well now. old you ever see any
Q. Did you w.rk every day or near- 'of the sisters. o hear any of the sls
ly every day th. you were in there? tors, tell any of these girls to punish
A. Nearlv ever da v. exceot Sunday, any of the girls? A. Yes. sir. the first
Q. Now you say you escaped from
there once. Do you remember when
that was? Do you remember when
It was that you got out the first when
you run away as you say? A. It was
In Msv.
Q. How many months had you been
fn there then? Was It tn May follow- .
lng the time vou went there, the next
summer in May? A, It was May.
Q. How did you come to get out
that time? Just tell us, tell these gen
tlemen here how you got out A. I
broke through : glass door.
Q. What did you do then? Where
was this door? A. In the cloister
Q. And how ("d you come to get In
there that day? A. We was at mass
that morning, and I came down the
back way, came h rough the door that
was open, and np to this glass door,
and I broke through.
Q. You had to get through a door
that was generally kept locked? A.
Yes, sir.
Q. And on this day you broke this
glass window, vou say you got out.
Now did you hu.t yourself in getting
out tnere? A. Yes, sir; I cut my
Q. Just step down and show the
Witness Indicates to the Jury.
Q. Well, when you got out of this
window, or the door, what did you do
then? A. I run down the hill.
Q. Towards S:. Paul or Minneapo
lis? A. Toward! St Paul.
Q. Well did anybody come after
you? A. Yes, tlr.
Q. What perjons came after you?
A. Josle Anderson and Annie Dupre,
Q. Well, how far had you got when
they overtook y?n? A. I was about
a block from the house when the girls
overtook me.
Q. Well, wh; did you do? A. I
told them they couldn't bring me back.
Q. Well, was there anybody else
came along there then? A. Yes, sir.
Q. Who was it? A. Martin came
up, drove up after me, with a laundry
Q. Well, what did he say then?
What did he say? A. He kept me
there and I couldn't get away, and he
put me In the laundry wagon.
Q. And what did he da with you
then? A. Than he locked the door
and drove me up to the building.
Q. Was this laundry wagon en
closed? A. Yea. sir.
Q. And he locked that door and
drove you up to the bulidingT A.
Yes, sir.
0. When you got up to the building
which door did you drive to? the front
door or the back door? A. The back
Q. Were any of the sisters there"?
A. Yes, sir.
O. What Bister? A. Sister St Zeph
rlne and Sister St. John.
Q. And wha- did Martin do then,
when he got up there? A. I wouldn't
get out of the wcron and he got in I
he was going to pull me out.
Q. What did lie say? A. I don't '
remember; the sister was talking and
I don't remember what he talked. I
Q. Well, did you want to get out?
A. No, sir. '
Q. Did he stare to pull you out? A.
Yes, sir.
O. Well, did you get out finally? A.
Well, T had to cet out.
Q. Well, what did they do with you
then? A. Then the sister took me
in a room.
Q. When thev took you in did they
do anything to the door? A. They
locked the back door after I got In
side. O. Now while vou were down there
and they were chasing you (I am a
little mixed In this matter) didn't you
get hold of the vhlp somewhere? Did
you get hold of n whip while you were
down there and 'he girls were chasing
you? A. Yes. sir.
Q. Where did yon get that whip?
A. There was s milk man driving by
there and I jumped down and took the
Q. And what did you do withlt
there? A. I was going to strike the
girls if they came near me.
Q. And was that before Martin
came up or after A. It was a little
Q. Well, now when you got back
there and the sifters took you in the
room, what did they do? Was your
arm bleeding any then? A. Yes. sir.
Q. What did they do to it? A.
They didn't do anything to me until
in the afternoon
Q. Now after you got out that time
did you ever say anything to any of
the sisters, ask any of them to get out
again? Yes, sir.
Q. What sister? A. Sister Zeph
rlne. Q. Well, wha. did she say to you?
A. Said I had t j stay In rix months
for running away.
Q. Did you :k her to let you out
at all? A. I thought she would let
me out when her six months were np
but she wouldn't
Q. Did you ask her? Did you ask
her to let you out? A. I asked her
once after I came back.
Q. Well, you state that she told
you that you would have to stay In
six months? A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you ever see any Inmates
whipped or punished while you were
there? A. Yes. vlr.
Q. Who did that? A. That was
Mother Matilda.
Q. What d'd she do to her? A.
Q. Did you see any others whip
ped while you were in there? A.
Q. Oh, yes, they hired the girls,
you say? Wha, girls do they keep
in there to do the punishing? A. Oh,
some of the old girls, I don't remem
ber all their names.
Q. Can you give me any of their
names? Can you name one? A. One
was Jo Crow, and one was Carmel. and
one was Justina. '
Q. And what old they do, what did
those girls do to the other inmates?
year I was then, the sister Justina.
Q. Do vou kiow a girl out there
called Mabel? A Yes. sir.
Q Is Mabel a strong healthy girl?
A. No sir.
I Q. What Is h i condition of health?
Is she weak or strong?
A. She is
Q. Did you ever see Any other sis
ters there than the one you have men
tloned strike a girl? A. Yes. sir. I
Q. What sister? A. Sister Matilds.
Q. Whom did vou see her strike?
A. She would strike a girl by the
name of Edith Arple.
Q. Edith App? A. Yes sir.
Q. Well, what did she strike her
Q. Did you see her strike her more
than once? A. Yes sir.
Q. Now, how often did Mother
Provincial come to your department.
A. Sometlni'-s once a week or
twice a month.
Q. And how l-. rr would she gener
ally stay? A. bhe probably staid
about five minutes.
Q. When she enme what were you
Was born at Plainview, Wabasha
county, Minn., May 12, 1857. At the
early age of 14 years he entered the
State University of Minnesota, where
he pursued his studies for five years.
He left that seat of learning, how
ever, before the close of his Junior
year, and repaired to Winona where
he entered the law office of Hon.
Thos. Wilson, ex-Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court. Mr. Butts was ad
mitted to the bar March 10, 1879, at
Winona, where he followed his pro
fession until he removed to St. Paul
in 1887. Since locating in the latter
city he has tried a large number of
Important cases, the most important
of which, from an American stand
point, being the suit of James Farm
er vs. The City of St. Paul, and the
case of Seline Clewett vs. The House
of the Good Shepherd of the same
city. The first case was an action to
restrain the City of St. Paul from
sending female prisoners to the pri
compelled to do? A,
posed to sit In rank
We were sup-
until the door
Q. What then? A. Then we were
supposed to get down on our knees
and get her blessing.
Q. And what were the sisters com
pelled to do? A. To do the same 'as
we we would get down on our knees.
Q. Well, could any of you inmates
speak to the Mother Suporlor with
out permission? A. No, sir.
Q. Whom would you have to go to
to get permission? A. The one that
had charge.
Q. Well, when j'ou went to ask any
thing of the mother superior, what did
you have to do? A. GET DOWN ON
Q. Did you ever hear the sister
speak angrily to the girls? A. Yes,
Q. What did rou eVer hear them
Bay? A. Called them all kinds of
Q. Well, give rs some names they
would call them. A. Low animals,
low, dirty brats and things, and all
Q. Well, in the winter season how
were you clothed ihere? A. C'othes
we would bring in with us, or clothes
that they would give us to wear.
Q. Well, how was this laundry, was
ltj a warm place to work, or a cold
placa, in the winter time? A Quite
cold In the wlnt :r t:me.
Q. Did some o' the girls go bare
footed? A. Wijnt in their stocking
Q. Do you knew whether they got
wet when working around there? A.
Yes, sir.
Q. Did you rit wet and chllleJ?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. From geFtlng wet and chilled
did you have any sickness? A Yes,
Q. Just tell them what it was. A.
I caught cold an.l went in bed. One
of the sisters came ver from the
other side, that had charge of me.
and made me get up, said she dfdm't
believe in anybidy laying in bed, and
I had to get up Sat down in a chair
for nearly a welc : she did not do any
thing to me, did not give me any medi
cine, and scolded me.
Q. What was the matter with you?
A. From getting wet and catching
cold. ,
Q. Did it stop you from having
your ? A Yes, sir.
Q: How long did you go that way?
A. About five months.
Q. Do "you krow of any other girls
there being In the same situation? A.
Many others.
Q. What did you generally have to
eat? A. What did you have for
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breakfast? A. On Monday wa navw
hash for break'art; sometimes oat
meal Q. What with it? Well. If you bar
hash, do you have oatmeal? A. No,
Q. Well, what goes with It? A. JUST
Q. Would yoJ hsvs colee? A. Vary
weak couldn't hardly drink It
Q. No sugar. Did they put sugar
or milk tn the coffee? A. A very
fw drops of m Ik.
Q. ' Any sugar? A. About two ar
three times a year you would get sugar
in your coffee.
Q. Did you have bread? A. BLACK,
Q. Now, for illnner what did yam
have? A. For dinner on Monday we
would have dumplings, boiled aad
they were so hard you would have to
cut them with your knife, and yow
couldn't hardly .'hew them.
Q. Well, wo i d you have any klal
of meat? A. Ia with the dumpling
pork or whatever It was.
Q. Now the meat that they gav
you there, what kind of meat waa
Q. Was It good and wholesome meat,
or wssn't it? A. Sometimes wo
couldn't eat it 1 smelled so strong.
Q. Well, supposing you didn't eat
it, what would they do then? A. Has!
to go without.
Q. Now. for mpper what did yaw 1
vate, sectarian prison known as the
House of the Good Shepherd. Tba
Roman Catholic Judge of the lower
court dismissed the case when It
came before him and Mr. Butts im
mediately took it to the Supreme
Court which handed down a decision
that declared the law unconstitutional
and the commitments illegal. That
case was bitterly fought and the de
cision, considering the power and In
fluence of John Ireland's Roman
Catholic church In that city and state,
was a grand victory for the people,
reflected honor on the court, and at
tested the ability, courage and integ
rity of Mr. Butts. Not less notable
have been the suits which he has
fought in Miss Clewett's behalf, and
while he has not succeeded In getting
a verdict for her from a sworn Jury
ho has from the people who have
road or listened to the testimony of
the witnesses called at each trial The
case of Miss Clewett will be carried
to tho supreme court. '
get? A. Somf times we would get
bread pudding on Mondays, and what
you could call bread pudding wita a
little sugar in ti flavor it. That waa
all you would get when you was tir
ed from washing .ll day.
Q. Would they give you anything to
drink with your meals, dinner and
supper what did they give you to
drink? A. You would have tea for
Q. And what for supper? A. Tea,
Q. And what else? A. Get pudding
or baked apples or sauce, or something
of that kind.
Q. Well, woull you get all tn"-1- "
Would you get the pudding and taa
baked apples ana sauce all together?
A. Oh, no, Just one thing at a time.
Q. Did you ever get any butter?
A. Once in a great while.
Q. Did you get any cheese servell
up to you? A. I never seen cheese.
Q. Any milk on the table? A. No,
Q. Any eggs': A. Wo would get
one, I think it was on Easter Sun
day. Q. One egg on Easter Sunday.
Were there any dj ys In the year there
that they get you any better fare thaa
this you have described? A. The
25th of March and Christmas.
Q. What did they give you then?
A. We would have extra meals the,
sugar In your coffee, and your coffet
was a little stronger, and pie and
something of tan kind.
Q. Do you 'emetnber any tlrife
when some came out there to
visit your place? A. Yes, sir.
Q. What did the nuns do and say
to you that day when these people
came out there? A. Oh, "Be very
nice and quiet and not say much."
Q. Did you a-V any of the sisters
for pen and papr to write a letter?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Whom Mi you ask? A. I
asked Mother Z.phrine.
Q. Well, did you get it? A. No,
Q. What did she say? A. She saU
j? didn,t hav3 '' !be wouM
"l l" "luc'
q. utd she ever get the paper for
yon? A. No, sir.
Q. Now are there any persons In
there who wat'-hed you all the time
that you were there are you under
watch? A. Yes, the old girls watch
us all the time.
0. Well, did Mother Zephrlne of
any of the slstrs ever alk to you
girls In the claBS or any other place
about getting out, and what would
be the penalty if yon tried It? A. Yes.
Isir; she put us rU in ranks In the
classes and she said TV SHH UVTTR