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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 03, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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, to life imprisonment; many are ask
ing his pardon.
Ministers in the city of Atlanta are
now throwing their influence behind
the movement to save the life of a
man whose guilt they question as
they do the fairness of his trial.
Even members of the jury which
voted away this man's life as a mob
outside howled for his blood are con
sidering recommending a commuta
tion of sentence. Four members of
this jury have already been in con
ference and a meeting of the entire
panel of 12 men has been called by
Fred Winburn, foreman of the jury.
Atlanta has had a change of heart.
Atlanta once wanted Frank hanged.
Atlanta now wants his life spared.
These prominent men, these jur
ists, these ministers and even these
jurors may not have wished that
Frank hang. During the heated mo
ments of the trial, into which racial
prejudice was injected and mob spirit
had its influence, these same men
might have wished a verdict different
from the one returned, but their
voice was not raised at the time.
The mob raised its voice, however,
and that voice convicted Frank of
the murder of little Mary Phagan, a
most atrocious crime, but Frank was
convicted without being proven
guilty.
The time was when to speak aloud
for Frank meant injury to the person
speaking. Not physical injury, but
snubs, cuts and almost ostracism.
That time has passed.
People are realizing that the con
viction of Frank came about under
circumstances which were unfair, but
during the heat and excitement of the
trial were overlooked. They are re
alizing that such a trial is reflecting
on the city and the state.
Many people are asking that Frank
be pardoned. They believe him inno
cent The majority of Georgians and
Atlantans, however, are asking that
his sentence be commuted from death
to life imprisonment Some of these ,
believe him innocent, others are in
doubt. Some doubt his innocence,
some' doubt his guilt, but they doubt.
And the reason they doubt is be
cause after reflection, after study of
the case, taking into consideration
the atmosphere of a city shocked by
the gruesome find of little Mary Pha
gan's body, the cry for vengeance and
the demand for a victim, after all
there was no evidence that Frank
committed the crime.
The people are trusting their gov
ernor. They believe in John M. Sla
ton they have an executive who is
equal to the task. They believe that
Gov. Slaton will consider their plea,
they trust in him to right a wrong
and remove the stigma against the
state. They believe that Gov. Slaton
will give Frank the benefit of the
doubt and commute his sentence to
life imprisonment, so that if there has
been an error it will not be too late
after June 22 to correct it
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STEINBERG EXPECTS TO "GET
HIS" FOR TESTIFYING
Death is the reward Nathan Stein
berg expects as his reward for testi
fying in the police graft cases. Stein
berg confessed burglar, now in the
midst of a sentence to Joliet, has
been recounting in Judge Dever's
court how he had dealings with Fred
rick W. Roth, Michael Weisbaum and
Capt. Jas. Storen, on trial.
"I think they'll kill me when I get
out of prison," said Steinberg on the
witness stand today, referring to the
accused policemen.
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JOHNNY COULON WILL FIGHT
JESSWILLARD
Lugano, June 3. The tiny repub
lic of San Marino has declared war
against Austria, according to news
agency dispatches.
San Marino has a standing army of
60 soldiers and two cannon. The
total population is 12,000.
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Work on preparation of school
board budget to be resumed Saturday,

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