The Press: This Little Plea

"I am 9 year old, have to sister 13 and 15. Our daddy get drunk all the time. We are to move because the lady want her rent and our daddy give it all to the sloon . . . we don't have much to eat and my mamma sick and can't work and she has no clothes. She has to go bair footed . . . Maybe if the sloon man reads my letter he won't sell daddy any more whisky, and then daddy won't come home and beet my mamma and us kids any...

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