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ing testimonial that the business of
being one's brother's keeper is not a
popular one. "
Prom earliest boyhood society had
impressed upon him that the game
of life was each man for himself. If
he couldn't stand on his own legs,
he'd have to fall. He'd be the one to
But Ralph Pariss had a very weak
pair of legs, morally, to stand upon.
To begin with his nervous system
was "sick," he says. His mother, a
good woman, has been nervously un
balanced ever since he can recall and
was also in that condition before his
birth, according to sworn statements.
Cigarets, gambling, women and
wanderlust to ' these he yielded
quickly. He was having hard going
of it alone. But it wasn't the game
to ask assistance, nor to offer it. It
was "his own business."-
A slave to nicotine at 8, he ran
away at 14 add was in the reforma
tory at 17 for stealing and again at
21 for the same crime.
Released, he hovered on the bor
derland of the underworld, frequent
ly gambling hells and red-light dens
which are societies' pet "necessary
evils," licensed and protected.
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chi
cago and back to the coast again.
"Clever people don't work" more
and more he convinced himself of
that. And he had plenty of support
- After the Richmond robbery,
where he got $150 and. .gambled it
away, he met the girl 'he says he
loves. She was 18 and divorced. He
found her in a Los Angeles dance
."Her mother," says the bandit,
"was one of those who never worked
but always got what she wanted
easily." With the consent of the
mother, "his girl" and he began living
together in San Francisco.
And now all the rotten spores of
him burst forth hideously, the fruit
of his crooked, his unsupervised
youth. He killed and society is in
turn clamoring for his blood; de
manding the pound of cure where it
had not even given an ounce of pre
vention. Young Fariss if just one of those
who could not "put it over."
Father Offers to Take Son's Place.
Bakersfield, Cal., Jan. 7. Declar
ing son's criminal tendencies are due
to parental influence, father of Ralph
Fariss, train bandit who killed Pas
senger Agent Montague, says he will
offer life on gallows in place of son.
Pat was servant of a farmer, and
in his charge was a donkey, which
was kept to amuse his employer's
children. The donkey was following
the farmer's wife round the yard one
day, and the farmer, turning to Pat,
"I think that donkey is taking a lik
ing to my wife."
"Och," said Pat, "shure, and it's
not the first donkey that's took a lik
ing to her, sir."
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