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WARDEN ALLEN TO TALK TO SUSPECTED MEN
AS MAN TO MAN MORE "HONOR SYSTEM"
Springfield, III., June 24. Gov.
Dunne today announced that he had
sent Hon. John P. Devine of Dixon,
111., a member of the Illinois general
assembly, to Joliet, 111., with instruc
tions to investigate the murder of
Mrs. Allen, wife of Warden B. M. Al
len. Dunne announced Devine will
remain at Joliet as his personal rep
resentative until the investigation is
Men close to the governor were in
clined to believe Devine's report may
decide the fate of the honor system.
Joliet, June 24. The honor sys
tem, put into effect in the peniten
tiary and which has stood in jeopardy
the past three days because one man
betrayed the trust of 1,800 when he
committed an atrocious murder of
the woman who had been an "angel"
to the convicts, goes on trial again.
Warden Allen is going to face the
four trusties who have been "in soli
tary" since the murder of Mrs. Allen
on Sunday and ask them as honor
men to tell him what they know of
Warden Allen does not intend to
confront them in the role of an
avenger. He will take them,, one by
one, into his private office and say
to them: "I want you to tell me, on
honor, all you know of the death of
Mrs. Allen. If you are guilty a con
fession will mean punishment for
you. If you know anything and are
silent now, if the truth never comes
out, you will be putting a cloud on
1,800 other men within these walls
and on the honor system by which
you all have benefitted. What are
you going to do?"
That a deep affection exists for
him in the hearts of the convicts
there is no doubt. Seventeen hun
dred of them yesterday signed a let
ter to him begging him to return to
send this message of our love and
sympathy, " the letter read. "Caesar
had his Brutus, Rome its Nero, Jesus
the Just his Judas, yet the remnants
of his disciples remained steadfast
and true. Treachery and betrayal
were in vain. His work endured.
So, in spite of the dreadful blow that
has fallen upon us, must the work
of yourself and your wife go on.
"Let us all, you and us, take new
hope, and over the grave of her who
poured out her love for us join hands
and resolve to finish the work which
you have begun.
"The eyes of the world are upon
us and we must succeed. We may
each and all of us pledge to wipe out
the tragic stain by making your
work here a success. The hour has
struck and we cannot retreat. Come
back to us and we will build together
a real honor system as a fitting me
morial to your dear departed wife
that will be more lasting and endur
ing than marble or bronze. We will
build men in whom honor is not dead
and will not die.
"Our hearts are heavy with grief
and our eyes are wet with tears be
cause of this sad tragedy. For your
wife and our friend, Odette Allen,
words cannot express our thoughts
nor speech contain our love. Your
When the warden finished reading
the letter he said: "Tell the boys I
will come back."
It is believed the crime will
be fastened upon either Simpson,
Campbell or Edwards when the in
quest is resumed today. Edwards is
the man who told Capt Kane he was
"certain Mrs. Allen was in the room"
a few minutes after the fire was dis
covered. He had charge of the linen
closet and access to Mrs. Allen's
apartments. It is known that he was
in the room next to that of Mrs.
Allen for twenty minutes. l
It has been practically establish-'
. "At this hour of deepest grief we i