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potatoes. Day after tomorrow,
perhaps, he will pick strawberries.
It was but a few weeks ago
that No. 2163 was deprived of his
liberty. In the world outside he
was known as "C. D. Hillman."
As "Hillman" he dealt largely
and nefariously ia land.
But though he dealt in land, he
did not know clay from gravel,
loam from sand. He speculated
in land, "but he did not know what
land was for.
By and by this real estate Na
poleon met his Waterloo. "Hill
man" used Uncle Sana's mails to
defraud. And, to employ a cur
rent phrase, "you can't monkey
with Uncle Sam's mails."
So "Hillman" went to McNeils
island for two and a half years,
and became No. 2163. He asked
' for outdoor work, and he was put
on the "farm squad" which
works the prison's 100 acres. It
is characteristic of the man who
was "Hillman" that he should ask
for outdoor work. He has- al
ways made physical perfection a
fetish. In his early days he was
a wrestler and an all-round ath
lete. During his meteoric career
he kept himself always physical
ly fit. One must have a healthy
body to have a healthy brain.
They gave him a cell and a cell
mate. They gave him a striped
suit, with "2163" stamped on it.
,The cellmate is a counterfeiter.
Each morning No. 2163 and his
mate rise from their bunks, at
6:30. Beds are made and cells
cleaned, and there is still tim.e for
No. 2163 to go through a series of
.calesthenics a proceeding which
draws caustic comments from the
cellmate before breakfast at
After breakfast the work of the
day begins., broken only by the
lunch hour. Supper af5:15, and
cells at 5:45. From then until 9
the prisoners may read, smoke
and talk. This is the routine.
The counterfeiter is an edu
cated and intelligent man. He
and No. 2163 are the library's
best patrons. The counterfeiter
goes in for works on philosophy,
while No. 2163 prefers lighter
reading novels and magazines.
When not reading, they have hot
arguments on conservation, the
revision of the tariff downward,
the monetary system, "the social
istic tendency of the times," and
Warden O. P. Halligan says
No. 2163 is a model prisoner.
"But then," he adds, "he is an
intelligent man. The more in
telligent a prisoner is, the better
he behaves. It pays. Good be
havior is worth six days in every;
United States Olympic team.
"Is it hot enough?"
Four aces. J
Ma Boiled cow's milk is not
good for babies.
Pa Sure not; a raw cow al
ways gives better milk than a
boiled cow does.
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