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Whittaker Has Gone

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

Last Satnrday Mrs. E. Whittuker, of No. 207 S. Fifth ave., left the city with ft heavy heart. Sbe with hér two beantiful bright little children went to her parents at Scotland, Ontario, where they sought refuge from the cruel desertion of their hnsband and father E. Whittaker. Three weeks ago today Mr. Whittaker inïormed hi vvife and assistant Ben Slade, that he was callea to Dexter by business and that from there he would go to Detroit bsfore returuing home. This did not Seem at ail improbable, as Mr. Whittaker was the manager tor the Americau Wringer Co. and had a number of agents workiug nnder him. Wheu liin vrife diseovered that day after day went by and her hnsband did not appear, sbe realized that sbe and lier little children were deserted. When Whittaker left home he left his devoted wife entirely unprovided tor there not being enough food in the larder to have supported a mouse. She wuuld have satïered actual huuger, if it had uot been for Ben Slade, the assistant buying food and medicines for the children who were sick, paying for them out of his own pocket. When Mrs. Whittaker's parents heard of thcir daughters plight, they sent for her te come home with her childron. Her parents are respected farmers residing near Scotiaud. Since her arrival she has ■writeu Mr. Slade a grateful letter thanking him for the assistance he has reuderded. Those that should know say that Mr. Whittaker's accounts with the company are from $500 to $600 short, and r.hat the local agenta are out from $25 to 125 a piece. His bond espired last Jannary so that the company's only resource will be a personal actiou against Mr. Whittaker. Wtiere he has gone to is entirely unknown. Mr. Whittaker is about 50 years old and weighs about loa pouucs. He is an Englishman by birth, He was somewhat given to the free use of intoxicants and at times was qnite violent to his wife using abusive langnage. Dnriug the past winter he once carne home drunk and threateued to kill his wife and children. In her distress she fled in her night clothes to Mr. Slañe's boarding house. He accompanied Mrs. Whittaker home where they f'ound th3 husband raging arouud the house. Mr. Slade quieted him. He became very penitent and promised not to drink any more and stop nsiug profane langnage. He begged Mr. Slade not to mentiou the matter as he would do better in the fature. Mr. Whittaker at one time was rquite prominent in labor circles in Detroit. He was particularly active during the last presidential campaign. He published a pamphlet entitled, "Tariff, not Finance." At that time he was engaged in running an adverti&ing and bill distribnting agency. Mr. Whittaker's absence will make no djft'erence with the business of the company. Mr. Slade having been made the manager for this district.