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RECORDS SHOW PROBATION
TO BE A SUCCESS
Men who used to be robbers and
burglars, convicted criminals, are
working as salesmen in Chicago de
This condition, made known
through a report before the city coun
cil crime committee today, is prob
ably the best thing ever said about
the Chicago department stores.
If a man looks as though he has
the right stuff in him and is making
a good fight to come back they don't
shut him out from working behind a
Several of the men now handling
merchandise and saying "Which color
do you like best, madam?" along in
the State street stores used to 'carry
revolvers and when last arrested had
concealed weapons on their persons.
This was disclosed from the report
by Robert H. Gault of Northwestern
university on how the adult probation
law is working out. If the law was
enforced down to the strictest fetter,
the department store salesman who
are now making good and coming
back would be in Joliet wearing the
gray clothes of the silent gray broth
ers. After citing the records of 17 con
victed criminals who are on proba
tion, Prof. Gault says:
"Judging from the behavior of
these men since the day on which
they were-placed on probation, one is
forced to the conclusion that an in
justice would haye been done them
had the present law been strictly ap
plied. As far as these men are con
cerned society would be no better, if
as well protected, by making them
suffer the le,gal penalty for burglary
than it is protected against them at
present. These men. without excep
tion, impress the observer as strong
men physically and as intelligent per
sons as welL"
The Gault report is to be used in
framing recommendations for
amending the adult probation law.
Some of the "cases" described are:
No. 1. Burglary of house at 22.
Stole jewelry to value, of $150. Ju
venile court record. Vigorous physic
ally. Now employed as clerk in de
partment store. Has been in this po
sition 8 months. Doing well.
No. 2. Burglary. Stole property
valued at $125 at age 22. Good phys
ical type. Gives one an impression ,
of intelligence. When arrested had
revolver on person. Discharged. Now
salesman in grocery store. Held this
position 9 months.
No. 4. Burglary at 20; value $200. .
Carrying a weapon. .No previous of
fense. Plead larceny of $15. Proba
tion. For 33 months has satisfac
torily held position as department
No. 5. Robbery. Took $12& from
till at age 20". Juvenile court record.
Made good connections under proba
tion officer. Now salesman in depart
ment store. Has held 3" jobs in 15
months. Improves self with each
WRECK ON ELEVATED IN N. Y.
KILLS AND INJURES
New York, Dec. 10. Investiga
trons were begun today into the
wreck on the elevated last night,
when two persons were killed out
right and 100 more injured.
While the coroner was holding "an
inquest over the bodies of John Col
lins, a guard, and Gottlieb Minnich,
a passenger, the-public service com
mission, the district attorney and In
terbbrough officials -were trying to
fix possible blame.
The accident occurred during the
rush hour 'when a six-car local
smashed into, the rear of a seven-car (J
KILLED" IN EDISON FIRE
West Orange, N. J., Dec. 10. One
and possibly more persons lost their
lives in the Edison fire. The body of
William Troder was dug from the
debris of the film inspection building.
Two other employes, a man and a
girl, today were reported missing.