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her acts possible," "Dr. Winans
"By clairvoyan'cy is meant abil
ity to see things not .discernable
by the senses."
Normally she is a quiet, sensi
tive girls, who talks little, does
not know how to dance, can play
the organ only slightly and sings
fairly well. ,
CONVICT IS FRIGHTENED BY 42 YEARS PROGRESS
Columbus, O., Aug. 1. Given
' z. peep of the world after 42 years
of confinement behind prison
walls, John Taborn, 64, serving
life in the Ohio penitentiary for
second-degree murder, is prob
ably the most bewildered and
awe-stricken man in America.
Imagine yourself trying to
cram into your head in one day
' the knowledge of the world's
progress for half a century, and
' tZgfff r-a-Bcgarc
Jyou can sympathize with No.8527
that's been his official name
since Aug. 16, 1870.
Taborn has been taken to the
1 State's farm at Morgan's Station,
near Orient, to "recuperate."
Warden Jones, who took the con
vict there in a large modern auto
mobile truck, said the convict re
peatedly asked him to take him
back home the penitentiary.
When seen at the farm today,
Taborn asked a thousand and one
questions about things he saw en
route and at the farm. What
seems old to us is new and mar
velous to No. 8527.
"Vehicles operated without
horses or steam," mumbled the
old man. "It don't seem true. I
was in an agony every moment of"
my ride out here dashing along
at a fast clip and expecting'every
moment to be killed."
Skyscrapers amazed the old
man; telephones amused him, and
so it went. When he ran across
a plow On the old farm he fondled
it like a long-lost friend.
Taborn has studied odd mo
ments during his imprisonment,
and he talks with a polish.
"I have hoped and hoped for a
pardon," the old man said, wist
fully. "I have seen cellmate after
cellmate, up for worst offenses
than mine, pass out, recipients of
the governor's clemency. But
they always seemed to miss me."
Taborn was sent up from Dela
ware county when 22 years of
age. He has lost track of his rela
tives and friends.
More than 31,000 prisoners
have served their time in the Ohio
penitentiary or died in the electric
chair during Taborn's time in