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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 21, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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fairness than the men and women of
his former aloof social plane ever
extended.
"Over here," said Dalton, "they
call me 'Old Henry,' bnt I call myself
the 'New Henry,' because I have un
learned so much; because I have rid
ded myself of so many false pre-con-ceptions
regarding human nature.
"Poor fellows whose situation was
a thousand-fold worse than mine
tried in their rough, blundering way
to give me a comforting word when
I came in, ,
"When thus sustained by men
whose lives have been filled with
trouble practically from the cradle, I
long to go out into the open shout
ing 'Humanity is good!'
"My observation here has been that
the only difference between those
confined in prisons and those on the
outside is that the former are perhaps
a little better, a little more liberal
with their sympathy.
' "When I arrived I thought these
fellows, my future companions, were
men stripped of their very souls; that
they would have nothing to give me.
"But I found friendship among
them, more reliable, more consoling
and more steadfast than that of many
of my former friends on the outside.
That's about all a prisoner has to
give anyway friendship. And I got
more pf it here than anywhere else.
"I am going out a better man not
because of the punishment of bars
and bolts, but because of the sus
taining comradeship of men the world
calls outcasts.
HWhen I entered I was bitter. Faith
in humanity was pretty low. Friends
whom I needed sorely had dropped
away. The law, looking only for evil
in me, never for the good, had work
ed long hours in crushing me into the
dust.
"In here it is different. These men,
having suffered themselves, can feel
for others in trouble. Would you be
lieve that there are men in here who
make clowns of themselves just that
others may forget their trouble; men
who forego the things they dearly
crave in order that others, more un
fortunate, may enjoy them!
"Tidbits, for instance, allowed a
certain class of wrokers, are con
stantly finding their way up to the
sick prisoners in the hospital volun
tarily surrendered.
"I have seen a 'hardened' prisoner
pour the milk from his mush and
Henry P. Dalton.
what a luxury milk is sd'that a sick
kitten might eat.
"All this has restored my faith;
grounded it too deeply ever to be
eradicated.
"And if the world at large knew
what I know about those it terms .
pariahs it would be a far better world,
more tolerant and sympathetic. It
would look more .deeply into each
man's case, ascertaining what led him
astray and how he might be reclaim
ed instead of damning him forevef."
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