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charred bed the body of Mrs. Allen,
and all the while the gong set going
by the freakish fire continued ring
ing, and outside the prison walls,
about 100 yards up thedrive, Camp
bell loitered apparently unconcerned,
watching the antics of the playful
PuPPy. and when Capt. A. J. Clark
son, chief probation officer, yelled to
Campbell that the warden's house
was afire, he asserts the negro was
neither surprised nor excited, but an
swered: "I don't thing it is."
In the wreck of the charred bed
was found bits of a jug that had con
tained wood alcohol, and it is believed
the contents of this jug were poured
over the bed before it was set afire.
Dr. John P. Benson, who found a
rectangular fracture on the right side
of Mrs. Allen's skull, said it might
have been made by a blow from the
thermos bottle and Campbell says he
took the thermos bottle to the room.
No other weapon but it and the
pieces of a jug that also might have
been used to strike the blow was
Mrs. Allen had frequently been
called the "angel of the prison." She
was very beautiful and a former
comic opera favorite, last prima
donna in a company presenting the
"Merry Widow." She was the sec
ond wife of the warden and had been
married to him five years.
Much of the "honor system" by
which convicts were given positions
of trust is said to have been due to
her tender heart and what effect the
atrocious crime committed by one
degenerate may have, on the system
that has benefitted thousands of men
is a matter of grave conjecture.
Warden Allen is in a pitiful condi
tion as a result of the tragedy. It is
said that he will take his two chil
dren and go away from Joliet.
GERMANY PROTESTS USE OF
U. S. FLAG BY ALLIES
Washington, June 21. Serious
charges of abuse by the allies of the
American flag have been made by
Germany to the state department, it
became known today.
They covered at least half a dozen
instances in the past two months.
The American embassy at London
was asked for a report, but has not
CAPITALIZING HORROR A
That half-page ad in today's Chi- V)
cago American was one of the worst
examples of capitalizing and com
mercializing a horrible crime that
ever appeared in a newspaper.
In big type these words appeared:
"YOU have heard what happened at
Joliet yesterday morning. See 'The
Birth of a Nation' at the Illinois the
ater and then ask WHY?"
The awful crime was the murder
of Mrs. Allen, wife of the warden of
the Joliet penitentiary. A negro was
suspected, but has not yet been prov
"The Birth of a Nation" is a won
derful picture, but is charged with
inciting race hatred especially of
the whites toward the negro.
Yet that advertisement would do
more to stir up race hatred than the
picture itself could do, being sprung
on the public just at a time when the
public mind was horrified by that
No newspaper should have accept
ed that advertisement It is a proper
subject for the ad men of the world
Is somebody trying to start a race
war in Chicago? Does that some
body want punishment visited on de
cent negroes, even if it should de
velop that one is an inhuman beast?
P. S. This ad appeared in the
early editions of the American and ,'0p
Journal, but not in the News and
Post It was evidently taken out of
the later editions.
JOSH WISE SAYS
"Two panhandlers tackled old
Judge Skoover, our local tightwad,
but not with luck. He didn't take
nothin' away from either onef 'em. .