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cuting attorney she was asked:
"Were youever married before?"
Mrs. Johnson, anxious to bury
the past, answered : "No."
That was a lie.
She didn't lie about the acci
dent A truthful answer to the
question could not-have influenc
ed the result of the suit. But she
The prosecuting attorney re
membered a state law, a "second
degree perjury" law, which had
been on the statuteooks since
1909, but had never "been invoked.
It fitted the case of Gladys John
son, who had lied because she-did
not want the world to know of
her past unhappiness.
A judge of the superior court
sentenced Gladys Johnson to two
years in the penitentiary N and
Johnson to a short term in jail.
For he lied, too the same lie.
About the same time a notor
ious real estate swindler, who
had cheated the public out of mil
lions of dollars and in doing so
had told uncounted lies, was sen
tenced to two and a half years'
The Seattle Star compared
these sentences and started an
agitation in Gladys Johnson's be
half, which roused the entire
state. Petitions were circulated,
demanding a pardon, and these
. received tens of thousands of sig
natures. The Seattle Jail Reform
society took up the matter.
In the meantime the woman
had not been, committed to the
penitentiary, but was held in jail.
The other day the pardon came.
In the same hour came a min
ister, and Henry Johnson with a
license. It appears the record of
her San Francisco marriage to
Johnson was destroyed in the
They led Gladys Johnson from
her cell to the sheriffs office. A
committee of the Jail Reform so
ciety was there. Gladys John
son laughed a little and cried a
little, and big Henry Johnson
gulped and stammered over the
sacred words of the qeremony.
And the committee kissed the
"bride" and shook the "groom's"
hands, and together they went
out into the sunshine.
Now society has forgiven the
Johnsons because they have made
good the loss in the earthquake of
a bit of paper. ,
And the law has forgiven the
"liars" for answering untruthful,
ly a question concerning a buried
past in -which the law was in no "
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