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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 06, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 1',
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NDOtfEPITTON ".7 ,N00"M EDITION '.
EX cMlA, A SHO&T STORY BY ROBERT W.
CHAMBERS, BEGINS IN THIS ISSUE
THE DAY BOQE
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, jgBgg .Tel. Monroe 353.
Editor and Publisher. SggaP Automatic 51-422.
500- 'South Peoria. St. , ,398 By Mail, 50 'Cents a Month.
VOL.2, NO. 290 Chicago, Saturday, Sept.. 6, 1913
FORTY CONVICTS ON THEIR HONOR
AS A WOMAN SAW THEM;
IdahJjflcGlone Gibson Goes to Dixon, Illinois, and Talks
to "Pen-Birds" Who Are Working Out in the
Open Country Without Chains; WUhout
. - Guards and Without Stripes!.
,' By tdah McGlone Gibson.
Dixonj IIL, Sept. 6. "I usectto owii
sixteen acred of ground over on that
ridge," said Harry West, -wistfully,
"and it's the first time I have seen it
' Or any part of God's .out-of-doors for
over twelve years."
West is one of the forty "honor
convicts" that Warden Allen of the
.Illinois state prison, has sent out
"from Joliet to level a hill and make
an experiment in road-making at
Grand La Tour. These men are ab
solutely" without guard. The only
people outside themselves in the'
camp are Superintendent of Work F.
: Keegan, Capt G. P. Hardy, night
watchman, and J. Johnson, engineer
from the state JbJghway department,
who -will take charge of them as they
would any road-making crew or free
men. , ,
Clean, clear-eyed and already sun
burned, there is not a- man in the
camp that the cleverest character
reader would pick out as a law
breaker. They look like any other
gang of average workmen, except
that there is not a discontented face
These" men know that they have
been given another chance that
they are on their honor. Every man
in the camp is keyed up to doing hi:
best, and-every one has that greatest
incentive, "the eye of th'e world is on
us and we can help' all the other fel
lows who are behind the walls." Sc
earnest are they in this',matter that
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