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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 11, 1912, Image 31',
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by the way, He is still "wanted"
Between here and Boston he has
served time in half a dozen peni
tentiaries. Wright made a model prisoner,
and in due course applied for
W "Wright," said the chairman,
; when-the prisoner appeared be-
fore the board of managers, "I
hate to Say it, but you've got jail-
bird written all over your face."
; And it was true.
The parole was grarited.
Wright, probably with money
saved from his burglarious ca-
re'er, bought a small ranch and
went into the business of chicken
raising. The reporter called on
him. He is a tall, lean man with
pale blue, humorous eyes.
"Well," he said, as we sat on his
doorstep, "there's money in chickens,-
for one thing. And, besides,
it feels good to know that I can
come and" go as I please without
fear of arrest. Yes, I guess I was
a pretty fair burglar. I knew all
the tricks. But lm a pretty, fair
chicken raiser, too."
r You see, there was something
to work on in Wright. He is a
,. good man on the wrong road, and
the reformatory process got him
t on the right road. He is good ma
a terial. His wife is good material,
W too. Womanlike, she's go to hell
for "her man" and almost did.
j But if it is her lord's whim to give
up burglary for chickens, well
Now for the other -man. -
m The Other Man.
" There are many like him in
every reformatory, jail and peni-
tentiary. His photograph' .shows'
the kind of man he is. He is a.
Johnny Yegg. He got his parole
and broke it immediately. John
ny Yeggs always do.
He had a bottle of "soup" and a
cake of soap in his pocket when
arrested. He did not use the soap
to wsh with. "Soup" is yegg
lingo for nitroglycerin. Soap can
be worked into a cup into which
the "soup" can be poured. If you
fashion the cup cunningly on the
face of a safe in a country bank or
postoffice, over a crack in the
door, the "soup? will seep in.
Then you can blow the door out
ward. It's a trick all yeggmen
This yegg was sullen and de
fiant under discipline. He made
no friends either among thfr pris
oners or the guards. He had never
known restraint, except in prison.
He had never practiced self re
straint. He was bad bad all
through. He was an outcast, a
pariah. His hand was against all
the world. This yegg must not be
confounded with the hobo. The
latter is a tramp, but not neces
sarily a criminal. The yegg is
both a tramp and a criminal. The
American yegg is without doubt
the most dangerous criminal in
This one broke his parole. "For
such men," said Nalder, "there
should be no parole. There should
be separate prisons for them.
They should be incarcerated for
life, for there is no hope for
What became of this yegg?
Where has he gone ? Any veteran
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