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He was prompted, he said, by ill
usage of 'bis sister at Cornet's hands.
Cornet was shot at night through a
window "of his Jiome. About a year
after -the killing Stripling escaped
He was joined at Greensboro,, N. C,
by his wife and two babies.
The little family later moved to
Danville, Va., where Stripling lived
for 15 years under the name of R.
E. Morris. He eventually became
chief of poiice. His family had in the
meantime mcreased to 12.
He is now the most hopeless man
in the world. His family is destitute
As He Appeared When Chief of
Police at Danville, Va.
His friends have helped until they
can. afford aid no longer, and he is
losing his grip on life.
"The law does not contemplate
such awful punishment as I have
had," said Stripling. "My health is
failing and my spirit is broken.
Justice isn't served by heaping so
much on one man's shoulders. I
could stand it all right but for my
wife and children."
It is more than two years since
Stripling was brought, to the Georgia
convict camp. Shortly after he came
he was radiant with hope. Influential
friends had come to his assistance.
The police commission at Danville re
elected him its chief, having absolute
confidence in the man who had' serv
ed the city so well in spite of his con
fession. His record in the original
trial, his career ar.a cltizgnT all
weighed welLin his favor, but the law
is still insisting upon its "due" the
rest of his life.
Mrs. Stripling- and her children
have moved-to Columbia to be near
him, but he is powerless to help them.
Now gaunt poverty stares them in the
face. An Atlanta dealer placed a col
lection box in his shop and secured
some money at one time. The little
children are helping out as best they
One of the most thrilling expe-,
riences that. Stripling went through
as Morris, chief of police, was the
res'cue of two women in a wild run
away. He grabbed the double team
of horses and swung onto them until
they were stopped and help arrived,
but in the effort his leg was broken
in two places and his foot so badly
mangled that, part of it . had to be
Stripling says he suffered ten times
as much punishment as ordinarily
could be inflicted on a man during
the long years of constant apprehen
sion. Both he and his wife realized
always that some day the end would
come. They were days of never-
WESTERN JEAN VALJEAN, TOO,
WENT BACK TO PRISON
The original Jean Valjean was the
hero of Victor Hugo's great work,
Les Miserables." A prisoner in the
galleys, he escaped, assumed the
name of M. Madeleine, and became
an honored and successful citizen.
In real life the y?est has had a
Jean Valjean" case as dramatic as
that of Hugo's story.
"VVilham January ,of Kansas jDity