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MY PATH TO THE GXLLOWS
BY RALPH N. FARISS,
.Twenty-four-Year-Old Train Bandit
il Awaiting Death in San Quentin
Prison for Murder.
Life has been hell for me hell of
my own making.
Sitting here in my narrow cell in
"Condemned Row" in San Quentin,
with the shadow of death upon me
and I firmly believe I shall swing for
the deed I have, done I lqok back
upon my existence as hell from .the
time I was a boy and I have no one
to blame but myself. Not-drink, not
evil companions, not gambling, not
women, not one solitary thing can I
blame but myself.
I have learned much of theosophy
since I have been in here and I am
going to my end at the noose with
the best thoughts, -for I believe God
does not put us here on earth to lose
us, and I want to comq back in my
reincarnation in the best possible
form, though I .know I shall have to
suffer in the next life for thesins of
I have offended the law and I am
ready to pay the penalty.
I believe I could dp more good to
society to, repay the wrongs I have
committed, by living a life in. prison
and writing my experiences for the
worning of others but, I-cango to
my death just as easy as anything, for
I am not afraid.
I did not mean to kill Horace Mon
tague. Everything wasawhirl in my
head in that struggle on the night of
Dec. 1, lJUS.Tvhen I pulled the trigger
that sent iim to his death and,
good God! how gladly would I die to
bring him back.
Boys, don't leave home. If you
haven'ta home, make one.
In this story of my life I am going
to confess crimes I have never con
fessed before holding up a train at
Kansas City is one of them. "
My real name is, Ralph Fariss. The
name of Rostick was assumed, to
eyade arrest, I was born jn.Qttnmwa,,
Iowa, Feb.14, 1890. My father hae
always been axaHroader. My mother
is a gdod woman.
When I was 4 years old my family
moved Vo Fresno, CaL From that
time up to the age of 9 I lived the life
of the average boy. Then I learned
to smoke cigarettes.. ,
By the time. I was 10 I had found it
so easy tosteal money and jewels
out of my own home to buy cigar-,,
ettes, candy, go to shows, etc., tha't
Ralph N. Fariss.
I soon fell' into the habit of supply-
ing myself with money that way.
When I was 10 my family moved to I
Bakersfield, CaL About this time I
first felt the wild impulse to go away.
from home. 'That feeling has been
with me ever since. It comes upon 1
me at most unexpected times and 1
have always obeyed it.
Two playmates first put it into my
head to rmx.away. They wer going
"bumming," they said, and Ijran
away with them. f
With ja. bootblack's "shine box"
over my sJwnllejJ tooltmy first ride j.
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