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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 04, 1912, Image 20

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strong resemblance it bore to his
mother.
The convict felt confident, he
said, that a-woman with such a
countenance must be good and
kind hearted.
Having only a short time to
serve, the man explained that he
was anxious to have enough
money to give him a new start.
During his solitary moments in
his cell, he embroidered a pair of
pillow shams in intricate patterns
of birds, beasts and flowers. The
shams were made of silk patches
and the manner in which they
were ornamented was pronounc
ed to be unique "by experts in dec
orative fabrics.
The man who signed himself
"Thomas Burns, No. 1." offered
to send the shams to' Mrs. Epp
stein "to dispose of, the proceeds
to be used to enable him with a
temporary start in some state
outside of Montana.
"It would not be policy for me
to linger in this state, where I
have been a prisoner," wrote
Burns. The law would hound me
apd employment would be out of
the question.
"He's an ex-convict he can't
be trusted," would greet me
everywhere." t
, Mrs. Eppstein, who is a mem
ber of the Vittoria Colonna club
and active in uplift work, found
on inquiry that the case of Burns
was worthy.
While she was interesting her
friends in the matter the term of
Burns expired sooner than he ex
pected, and she received another
letter from him asking that she
transfer the proceeds from the
sale of his handiwork to Robert
Vanella, a youth virtually serv
ing a life sentence in the Deer
Lodge penitentiary.
Mrs. Eppstein then turned her
attention to the case of Vanella
and found that he was convicted
on circumstantial evidence of a
murder. He steadfastly proclaim
ed his innocence.
The facts narrated by Vanella
were dramatic, the young man
having been convicted of slaying
a ompanion whom he claimed
had committed suicide because
he was jilted by a girl whom he
love'd.
Mrs. Eppstein is now interest
ing herself in the case of Vanella
in the hope of amassing new evi
dence that will result in the grant
ing of a new trial. Meantime she
is assisting the mother, who lives
at 36 Madison street, New York.
Burns, the prisoner who saw
the picture of Mrs. Eppstein fol
fowing her marriage, has left the
penitentiary and when last heard
of was starting life anew in a dis
tant state.
'Prevent 'Tears.
To prevent tears in children's
underwaistswhere the garters are
fastened, stitch a .stout tape from
the armhple down to the first but
ton ; slip on a brass ripg, then fold
the tape and stitch back to arm
hole. Then fasten pins to ring.
o
"What Will My Dollar Da?"
sh'rieks the heavy line for an ad
vertisement. Answer; Dieof Ionesomeness.
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