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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 27, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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THE CONFESSION
By May Cunningham Cobb.
(Copyright byW. G. Chapman.)
"It will cast a gloom over our mar
riage, Ethel," said Harry Bentwich,
despondently. "But that is part of a
lawyer's fate, and we must take the
bad with the good."
"And there is no longer any hope
Attempted in Vain to Staunch the
Blood Flow.
of saving the poor man?" inquired
Ethel sadly.
"Not unless a miracle occurs," an
swered her lover. "The governor has
positively refused to commute the
sentence But I know in my heart
that Kemp can establish his inno
cence. He was with a man named
Goodnow all the evening of the mur
der. But Goodnow will not speak,
and denies having seen Kemp on the
day on which the murder occurred."
"How dreadful!" sighed Ethel.
Harry Bentwich and Ethel were to
be married two days later, and that
was the day fixed for Kemp's execu
tion. Harrry had fought with all his
might to save Kemp, but the circum
stantial evidence was too strong. He
has been convicted, the court of ap
peals had sustained the verdict, and
the governor had refused to inter
vene. Ethel had read the stories of the
trial. She knew that Kemp and
Goodnow were both longshoremen,
men of low character and evil repu
tation among the comparatively de
cent class of the neighborhood in
which they resided. Yet that was no
reason why Kemp's life" should be
snuffed out for a crime he had not
committed.
The marriage was to take place at
eight in the morning, and that was
the hour at which Kemp's life was
to be taken. This so wrought upon
the girl that she resolved to have an
evening wedding the day before.
Harry readily accepted the change of
plans, and, since the marriage was to
be strictly a private one, Ethel con
cluded her morning work at the Set
tlement on the day of her marriage.
Then she strolled along the region
of the docks, where she was well
known and safe from molestation.
As she turned to ascend the street
leading to her residence, she per
ceived a little crowd gathered at the
head of one of the wharves. Hurry
ing up, she found that an accident
had happened. A man had been
struck down by a load that fell from
a crane, and fearfully mangled. It
was evident that he had only a few
minutes to live, and,. what made the
scene worse, he was in great pain and
fully conscious.
Ethel, kneeling at his side, at
tempted in vain to stanch the blood
that flowed from his crushed body.
He looked up at her. He seemed to
recognize her
"You're the Settlement lady, ain't
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