' Wm. St. John Ranney embezzled
from his employers, the great Santa
Fe railroad embezzled $6Q,000 to
use as "hush-money," to keep a gang
of blackmailers from exposing his
past life, thereby wrecking him so
cially and financially, and bringing
pain to his wife and child.
When a young man, Ranney erred
and went to jail and the threat of
exposure has been hanging over his
head, like the sword of Damocles, for
"Yes," said Mrs. Ranney, while a
lone beam of sunshine from a crack
between shade and window-frame fell
like a spotlight on her pale face, "be
fore we were married I knew about
that term my husband served in E5
mira. But that didn't make any dif
ference. I loved him. I still love
. '"He didn't tell me about the black
mailers. If he had everything
would have been different. Like the
brave man he is, he kept that to him
self, and never even moaned when
that terrible worry must have been
burning him up inside.
"When he was arrested he told me
to stay away from the jail, but the
poor fellow had been hit a hard blow,
and he couldn't stand it any longer
alone. They found him crying in the
corridor, and then they sent for me
to comfort him. But after they take
him away to San Quentin I won't be
able to do that
"Our friends? Oh, you know so
ciety friends. We had a lot of them J
at one time. I've still got one real
friend my mother. So we're just
waiting for the sentence, and after
that's over, we can plan for the
future. I must do something while
I'm waiting for my husband."
The little girl ran in from the hall
and snuggled up against her mother's
knee, so the conversation ceased.
Her lips framed the old question,
And the mother shook her head.
So it must be, all through the y?ars
Her fathers memory will grow dim
in the little girl's mind, but some
times she must remember and ask:
And always the answer will be the
"Hush. Never mind."
C. F. OF L. AFFIRMS RESOLUTION
AGAINST 1. AND R. FIGHTERS
The Chicago Federation of Labor
yesterday reaffirmed the resolutions
against members of the legislature
who are fighting the initiative and
referendum the resolutions for
which officers of the federation were
taken before the legislature.
Margaret Haley submitted evi
dence to sho .wthat the Lorimer-Mc-Laughlln-Shanahan
the I. and R. A letter was read from
John H. Walker, former president of
the United Mine Workers of Illinois,
in which he said that when the
miners wanted to ge an amendment
to a mining law out of committee,
Speaker Shurtllff told them it would
come through only if Rep. David
Shanahan said so; that when he
went to Shanahan he said he would
let it come through if Francis Pea
body notified him to let it come
through; and that they then had to
appeal to the Coal Operators' Asso
ciation to get them to get Peabody
to say the word; that they did so,
their opposition was withdrawn and
the bill came out of committee.
The letter was submitted as proof
that Rep. Shanahan took his orders
from the Peabody Coal Co.
Miss Haley said that when she
was author of the resolutions they
were sore about they wouldn't Jet
When you visit Rome, next winter,
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closed by her Socialist mayor. Both
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