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April 28, 1908


Teamster With an Insane Wife and
Ten Children Needs Help.

There is a man in Kansas City too proud to ask for charity, who needs charity as much as any man who ever lived. He is a teamster, earning $10 a week with ten hungry mouths to feed. Last week his wife became violently insane and the unfortunate man was compelled to borrow $30 from his employer, a transfer man, as "the doctor must be paid every time he comes."

Yesterday the insane wife was taken to the general hospital for observation and later she will be transferred to the state hospital for the insane. This man had a wife and seven children, ranging from 4 to 20 years. The oldest, a daughter, married and has two children. Her husband left her and she came home. That made eleven mouths to feed, but as the wife is now in the hospital the struggling man with his $10 a week, is trying to make both ends meet.

Colonel Greenman, who has the case of the wife in charge, said yesterday that he would not give out the name of this man, but if persons, charitably inclined, wished to help him they could come to him in his office at the city hall where they would get the man's name.

"If there ever was a case on earth where a man needed a helping hand, it's this one."

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