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Constantly the glance of his frown
ing light blue eyes shifted across the
yard to the black, iron door with a
big, white "24" painted upon it the
cage where he would wait for the
dawn of April 24." "--.
"Aw, I don't know," he said, sud
denly tired of searching his muddled
brain for the motives back of his hor
rible, crime. "I've always flunked at
everything I undertook. In school it
was that way, and at my work, too.
"I was the baby of the family, and
I guess I had things too easy.
"I had ever chance in the, world.
Good family influence. Always could
get money from Dad when I asked
for it. Tbey wanted to send me to
the best school in the land, and my
brother-in-law offered me a good job
on bis ranch. .
"It was the idleness, I guess. Run
ning around with a gang who prided
themselves on being spenders, with
out scrupling how they got the
money, each wanting to outdo the.
other in making a show. Pool, gam
bling, hookey from school, flirting
with girls in the park and on the
streets, and wild joy rides whenever
we could pick up 'live ones.'
"I was just a plain fool who
wouldn't listen to a good father and
mother or to kindly intentioned.
"We used to lie around in the park,
waiting for inspirations how to get
and spend money. And they'll all fol
low my footsteps unless they cut it
"Just before Christmas some of the
fellows said unless they could get it
in some other way they'd have to
steal enough for the holiday blow
out. That set me planning. Twenty
minutes after I finally determined on
the scheme of holding up the drug
store messenger it was all over.
"God! If boys only could realize
the salvation of hard work and a
pride in an honest dollar!"
Then the guard took him back to
wait, to the grim line of cells where
four of the eight condemned men are
boys, under .2.5, who have killed to get
"easy money." ,
"The first time I got into trouble
was when at the suggestion of a mar
ried man I stole some packages con
taining women's clothes, while work
ing as delivery boy for a Los Angeles
Louis Bundy, 18-year-old con
demned murderer, and one of 'his sis
ters,, who was in constant attend
ance at his trial and stood by him