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WIDOW PLEADS FOR L!FE OF BANDIT WHO
' KILLED HER HU5BAND
Mrs. Horace Montague, wifeof the victim of highway robber and mur
derer, Ralph Fariss, who, as4ohn Bostick, held up a Southern Pacific train:
on which Montague was riding-and-shot him to death. The two baby girls
are shown also.
Los Angeles, Cal., March 25.
Unique in criminal history asthe first
wife to make an official- plea .for the
life of the slayer of her husband,
Mrs. H. B. Montague of this city has
recently sent to Gov. Johnson of Cal
ifornia a letter in which she aks that
the life of Ralph Fariss, murderer of
her husband, be spared.
"It is not that I am making a plea
for this man' Fariss," she says, "but
that I am asking mercy, and justice,
as -1 see it, for every Fariss in the
"I want the slayer of my husband
saved from the gallows. The taking
of his lif e cannot restore my husband
"The taking of life by the state
cannot justify murder by an individ
ual; a second life cannot bring back
the first "
"I do . not believe in capital pun
ishment under any circumstances. I
did not" believe in it before my hus-