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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 22, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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GRILLING OF SUSPECTS AT
JOLIET CONTINUES
Joliet, III., June 22. Constant grill
ing of trusty suspects was practically
the only move made in the Joliet
prison murder case today. Authori
ties expect to eventually dwindle the
eleven now being questioned down to
the guilty man. There has been no
violence threatened by the other con
victs since the note from Warden Al
len was read to them by the warden's
brother.
Joliet, III., June 2Z Just a few
words written by the man who first
tried the experiment of treating con
victs as men quelled a threatened up
rising of the prisoners in Joliet yes
terday, and once again they are
"honor" men, trying to crush down
in their hearts their rage against the
man who betrayed his trust and
thereby cast disgrace on them and
their loathing of the murderer of the
woman they loved because of her
goodness to them.
The whole atmosphere had been
charged with impending trouble yes
terday. News of the murder and the
suggestion that "Chicken Joe" Camp
bell, the negro suspected of it, be
lynched, had been wirelessed from
cell to cell and at the noon hour,
when nearly 1,000 convicts were in
the main diningroom, a man whose
face showed the torture and rage he
felt suddenly leaped to his feet and
shouted:
"Let's get him! Follow me!"
Instantly more than thirty crowded
about him while the guards beat them
back, and then James Allen, brother
of the warden, spoke to the convicts.
"Boys," he said, "the warden is
coming 'back, but he is not coming
back unless you help him in his time
of trouble. He has sent you this let
ter." And he read:
"In this, the greatest trial of my
life, I want at least the knowledge
that the boys for whom I and mine
have tried to do are doing the right
thing. I will do nothing until I have
talked with you in chapeL if you
want to help lighten my grief, be 100
per cent men. Edmund M. Allen."
The thousand men stood silent,
their eyes resting on the face of the
warden's brother. Father Crumbley,
the prison chaplain, stepped forward.
"Let us pray," he said. The threat
ened uprising was quelled.
That the trusty who attacked and
murdered the wife of Warden Allen
did not kill the honor system was
made plain when the warden pointed
out that it was not an "honor" man
who was suspected of killing his wife,
but a trusty. The trusty system, it
was explained, is in vogue in every
prison in the world, even those con
ducted on theories and practices of
ages ago.
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GUARD GOV. SLATON'S HOME
MOB SORE OVER RULING
Atlanta, Go., June 22. Georgia's
citizen soldiery is in control of the
situation growing out of the rioting
last night about the home of Gov.
Slaton because he had commuted
the sentence of Leo M. Frank.
'Last night was one of the most
critical in the recent history of Geor
gia. Throughout the afternoon
crowds had been gathering about the
governor's home while policemen
armed with riot-guns were on duty
and the governor and his friends,
heavily armed were in the house
waiting for an attack. At night the
crowd was augmented by automobil
ists and as the night wore on the
temper of' the crowd ros to violence.
Finally one of the leaders urged
that as Frank had been spirited away
the crowd should hang the governor.
Amidst cries of "We want Geor
gia's traitor governor," the governor
telephoned for the militia and when
the troops arrived the mob was still
ugly, apparently realizing the gov
ernor had issued orders that no shots
were to be fired, but they finally gave
way in the face of a bayonet charge
and then showered the soldiers with
stones. It was early today before the
last of the mob had left the scenej .
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