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Sunday, August 2, 1903

Birth of "Little Brother"...


The advent of a boy in the family of William Burke of No. 2302 Wash street has caused much rejoicing in the household, for the youngster is the first male child out of nine children to be born to Mr. and Mrs. Burke.


Eight girls have been born in the family, two of whom are dead, and the six sisters living join merrily in the jubilee now being held at the Burke home over the arrival of "little brother."


Perhaps the proudest person in the Burke family is Father Burke, and so great is his enthusiasm that he has made arrangements for a christening at St. Bridget's Church to-morrow and already has selected the name -- William Burke, Jr.


The young "Mr. Burke" first saw the light on July 21, and so much have his parents "made over him" that his six sisters have become a bit jealous, yet they think too much of "little brother" to comment on the undivided attention accorded him. At the same time, however, each sister, whenever the opportunity is afforded, steals to the little fellow's crib, caresses him and tells him how glad she is "that he came."


The sisters of William, Jr., are Nellie, aged 19; Maggie, 16; Teresa, 9; Mamie, 7; Lillie, 5; and Alice, 3 years.


Mrs. Burke, the mother, is doing nicely. Her pride in her son is second only to that of her husband.


William Burke, the father, is an owner of teams, and does the teaming for the Jeremiah Murphy Packing Company of this city. He is a brother of Patrolman Michael Burke of the Fourth Police District.

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