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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 21, 1913, Image 3

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eral appearance , of a small town at
fair time.
People are flocking in from all
parts of the province, the majority
of them women. Many brought then
lunch with them today, and then
camped outside the jail in the hope of
getting a glimpse of the millionaire'
slayer.
Nearly all the comment was fa
vorable to Thaw. Once in a while
someone raised a voice in favor of
the New York authorities, but was
generally silenced quickly.
A Canadian immigration official
who would not allow his name to
be used summed up the position of
the Dominion government as follows:
"There seems to be an idea on
the part of the American officials
who are here that the Canadian im
migration service can be used as a
tool for collecting escaped criminals
from the United States. They are
overlooking the fact that we do not
deport men because they have been
adjudged guilty by an American
judge or jury. We use our own sense
in dealing with each case. We are
not going to be in any hurry here.
Every move we make will be strictly
in accordance with the law.
"When the courts get through with
the present status of the case then
We shall afford Thaw every chance
in the world to show that he is not
an undesirable person. Personally, I,
think the case will be one which will
have to fight its long way through
the extradition courts."
There is no doubt but that the
changed attitude of the people here
toward Thaw is affecting the gov
ernment. The people seem to feel that since
Jack Johnson was allowed to make
his escape through Canada then the
Canadian authorities have no right
to turn Thaw back.
Thaw declined to see a number of
people who called and sent their
cards to him today. His evident ex
citement broke out only once when (
he sent for a newspaper man he
knows and said to him: t
"I know the influences that are be
hind this matter. I cannot explain
because my lawyers will not let me
talk. But the men who would keep
me prisoner for life will not have
their way. Truth will yet prevail and
I will get home to mother very soon.
Don't believe any of these wild
rumors about me. I am just as sane
as ever I was and I'll prove it
"I committed no crime in escaping
from Matteawan asylum. I was held
there illegally. And I could not get a
fair trial'in New York; everyone
knows that So I had to escape and
leave New York state.
"I want to get back to Pennsyl
vania and see some of the old places
and my old friends." '
Thaw's first visitor this morning
was Dr. Evans, the alienist Neither
would disclose what they talked
about, but Evans admitted he had
come to Canada at Thaw's own re
quest. It is believed Thaw intends to use
Evans' evidence to counteract that
which the New York authorities are
determined to get into the record, the
testimony of Thaw's own mother
that he had been moody and subject
to spells from his youth.
Ottawa. If Harry K. Thaw can
prove that he has a through ticket
to Europe or to any point outside
Canada he cannot be held in the Do
minion legally, according to authori
ties here.
The only charge that applies to
the case of the fugitive from Mattea,
wan is that of bribery. There Is a
reference to such a case in the exist
ing extradition treaty between Can
ada and the United States, but be
fore it could be used against Thaw
it will have to be shown in a New
York state court that Tharw person
ally offered money for illicit purposes
to the guard at the gate through
which he gained his freedom.
" This would also have to be proved

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