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-MY PATH TO THE GALLOWS
BY RALPH N. FARISS,
Twenty-Four-Year-Old Train Bandit
p Awaiting Death in San Quentin
Prison for Murder.
The public has believed, because I
frequented the poolrooms, lived with
the girl I loved, went to the dances
and drank liquor, gambled, did all the
things I was .wont to do before, that
the slayjng of Horace- Montague,
traveling'passenger agent of the S. P.,
did not weigh on me.
But as God is my judge I did not
slep night after night. Always be
fore me was the vision of that man
running down that car aisle.
After I had read the papers I went
to see my sweetheart I did not tell
her what I had done. The descrip
tions of me were so far off -she would
never recognize them. I determined
to take her and leave, and liye a life
of honesty ever after. Those pistol
shots and those burning words in the
newspaper awakened something in
my heart that had never been awak
I was in deadly fear of arrest I was
suffering the' tortures of the damned.
I had pulled a trigger for the first
time in my life and had killed a man.
I had my sweetheart and her moth
er make arrangements to leave, and
that night we escaped to San Fran
cisco. I couldn't forget that poor fellow
I had killed.
He was with me nighfand day, and
I plunged into amusement and excess
to forget. I had taken the name of
John Bostwick to avoid arrest A re
ward was out for me.
Yet it never occurred to me to go
into hiding. I walked the streets by
day, by night, as though I had done
Jan. 21 I was walking along the
street when I passed a man and a wo
man. The woman I had a vague re
collection of having robbed some
where, but I didn't place her. A few
minutes later a heavy hand was laid
on my shoulder. I turned to find a
policeman. The worst had happened.'
The woman was Mrs. Arthur Cden,-55
the bride whom I stripped of her dia
mond engagement ring before I shot
She had recognized me.
My pockets were full of pawn tick-
ets for the stuff I had soaked after the-?
hold-up. They found them.
At first I denied my name, denied
my guilt, everything. I did not want
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the girl I loved nor my parents
know I .had killed a man.
But the'police took me to my room,
where they found other incriminating
The next day they sweated me. I
held up, though, until I was on the
train with Sheriff Hammel on my way
to Los Angeles.
Then I could stand the strain no
longer and confessed.
I am 24 years old, and swiftly
events have moved in my life since I
confessed to-the kUHng- of Horace