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By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
, "Come along, 752f'. said the
head warder cheerfully, clapping
an enormous hand upon the
young man's shoulder. "The chief
wants to say good-bye to you."
The convict stepped out of his
cell and followed the head war-
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der obediently. Three years 'of
'discipline had taught him to ask
'no questions, to demand no rea
sons. He hardly dared to hope
that the pardon board had grant
ed his petition.
" 'Tention ! Eyes front !" said
the head warder mechanically,
and the .convict mechanically
obeyed. But the governor stretch
ed out his hand and took the con
vict's in a hearty clasp.
"The board of pardons has
granted you your freedom,
Graves," he said. "I strongly
recommended it at the last
monthly meeting. I know that
you will run straight in future. If
you shouldn't remember that the
dishonor and shame will be mine,
a'nd it will be just so much harder
for the rest of us. Here's a letter
from your mother in Mapleton,"
he added, handing the missive to
Graves read it and the gover
nor watched him curiously. The
young fellow had impressed him
favorably ever since he had en
tered the penitentiary three years
before to serve a first sentence for
forgery. He had been a model
prisoner; but he seemed curiously
hard. Even now he seemed un
affected either by the letter or by
his release. He folded the mis
sive and put it in the handker
chief pocket of his serge tunic
"Yes, sir, I'll run straight in
future," he answered.
"Good," answered the gover
nor. "And my advice to you is,
go home to your mother. You
have about thirty-seven dollars
coming to you. Go home, face
the world in your home town, be
a man and begin your life anew.
You will find people kinder than
you imagine. Good morning."
He grasped the prisoner's hand
again and dismissed him. Graves
went out. Subdued and deferen
tial though he seemed, he re
mained totally unmoved. The.