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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 13, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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SMITH IS HANGED STRICKLAND GOES FREE
THE REAL LIFE AND THE STAGE LIFE STOR'
Robert Strickland, a self-confessed
murderer, went home to his family
last night that is, in our mind's eye.
He went home to a wife and baby.
Strickland is the defendant in a
sensationally lifelike drama "On
Trial."
Before this self-confessed murder
er had the sorrow curtain drawn
down on his household he was a man.
of high standing and character; a
man of fine family, Mae Strickland,
his wife, and little Dot; and a man oi
many friends. One of thesewas Ger
ald Trask.
If the author of this play had left
it right there, Strickland might have
gone on through life always treading
the happy path.
But then the story couldn't have
been a play it couldn't have brought
out the wonderful Reeling that the
audience I was with Friday night ex
perienced", With a few clever flourishes of his
pen the author drags Strickland, his
wife, his daughter, his friend Trask,
his friend's wife, his friend's secre
tary and a few others into an affair
that led to the murder which was
confessed by Strickland.
In short, the plot runs thus: Two
years after John Trask is married
he has an over-night affair with a
girl who two years later becomes the
wife of Robert Strickland. Mae, who
.was the girl, had been led to believe
by Trask that they were going to be
married. The truth comes out upon
the arrival of the girl's father and
Trask's wife.
Then the story jumps thirteen
years,
Mae is Mrs, Strickland. Strick
land borrows $10,000 from Trask and
pays it back in cash. This cash' is
handed to Trask's secretary to put
into the safe. The combination to
this safe is known by' only two peo-
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In the meantime, during the ab
sence of Strickland, Trask runs
across Mrs. Strickland and demands
that she come to his Long Beach
home. He threatens to tell Strick
land of Mae's past life if she refugee.
In order to save her husband and.
baby unhappiness she visits Trask.i
Through the loss and return ofMrgjs
Strickland's pocketbook her hus
band learns that she visited Long,
Beach in his absence. Putting two
and two facts together he finally
finds out that she has visited thk
some of Trask. Upon his wife's re
fusal to tell of her relations with fchet
man, Strickland goes to his home and.
kills him.
A few minutes before the murder
Trask's safe has been rpbbed. The
robbery is blamed on StricklawL
Fearing the truth of .past life will
come out Mrs. Stricklaiid disappear,
r In tie end Trask's secretary con
fesses the safe robbery and Me.
"Strickland turns ,up just in time 4ac
conyince the jury that Robt. Strick
land had real reason for killing John.
Trask.
Strickland's little daughter prove
a very valuable witness during vtas
course of the case.
Anyway, Strickland goes back,
homd to his wife and baby.
It makes a person fell good to- seer
even a murder trial end, this way.
Murder was cosunitteed in a fit of
anger. The unwritten law comes to
the rescue. No home is broken up
by the jury's decision.
Roswell C. F. SmBS, convicted
slayer of little 4-year-okTHa2el Wqin
stein, went home to his mothertt-
day in a coffin. ft
Smith was hanged by the pfck
until dead this morning at the county
jaiL
A mother and father have lost their
son, a wife is without a husband nad
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