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learned of the suffering her hoy
had undergone. "I can't work or
sleep or eat until I see him."
- Allen Gqosey ran away from
the Lancaster institution more
than two weeks ago, after he had
been there only a few days.
"He ran away because men
there (cursed him and told him
they'd" put' him inva dungeon on
breadxartd water unless he told the
names of 10 boys who had plan
ned to run away," 'said his mother.
"Allen wouldn't tell, like most
boys, and he was afraid they'd
carry out their threats. He said
he saw a man kick a boy at, Lan
caster, injuring the boy so seri
ously he had. to be treated in the
"Then, after he ran away, they
hunted him with guns. A crowd
of-strong,-grown men hunted my
little boy with guns, as though he
was a murderer or a wild beast.
Oh, I hope he can come away
from that awful paace."
The boy was not bad, only wild,
his mother says, and when he was
taken to the Juvenile Court he
asked to be sent to Lancaster be
cause he wanted tc learn to make
"He was interested in machin
ery," said his mother, "and heJiad
Heard that at Lancaster a boy
could learn a trade and would be
treated asr well as if he was at
The mother's letter to Gov.
"Gov. Harmon,. Columhus, 'O.
"ear Sir: My boy, Allen. Goo
sey, is in the Lancaster Industrial
School, t am 'iriform.e'd he has
been kept in a dungeon "with"
scarcely enough clothing to cover
hjm Can you understand how a
mother feels to know that her
boy, however he may have erred,
is suffering under this kind of
"Would you sleep or work or
eat, knowing that a child of yours
is being treated worse than a
dog? As Governor you have pow
er to order an investigation of the
official conduct of the Lancaster
"As a mother! appeal to youlo
exercise your power to reHevd the
sufferings of- one weaker than
"Can't I have my boy back
The boy has four -sisters and
three brothers, two' of the latter
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