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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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sympathy. To refuse this appeal for I
a pardon and keep Kimzeylonger in'
prison would have the effect of com
pelling this woman to bear upon her
breast the scarlet letter and to ex
pose this child of three "years of age,
in its developing consciousness, to the
taunts of its playmates and would
prevent this man .and woman from
condoning the past by living a virtu
ous life within the bonds of wedlock"
A strict adherence to the letter of the
law which would keep this man in
prison for twenty years more, instead
of vindicating society and the crim
inal code, would, in my opinion, sub
ject society and its laws to well
merited censure."
The crime for which Kimzey was
convicted was committed in Jackson
county, Southern Illinois, along the
Mississippi river. Kimzey was a
farmer's son, grown to manhood;
Cora Calvert, a girl living in the same
household.
When Baby Vallie. came an out
raged" community demanded Severe
punishment for Kimzey and he was
given the limit thirty years, in
prison. He entered Chester prison
as Convict A915, the name he has V
born in the crusade to bring about
his release.
From the time Kinizey became
Convict A915, he and' the girl he con
fessed he had wronged exchanged
love fetters. Kimzey had seen Baby
Vallie only once and his letters said
he had thought of nothing else but
the boy. Cora Calvert, living with
her great-aunt in a rough cottage
near Murphysboro, wrote that she
wanted Kimzey to marry her, give
her. a. name and free the boy from
the taunts of his playmates who
knew the story of Baby aVllie and his
father.
Kimzey replied he was willing to

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