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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 19',
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signnient For the first three days,
when he was not working in the shoe
shop, he was jotting down memor
anda concerning the rare lot of hu
manity about him.
"Inside facts," he consoled himself
jubilantly, "what a ripping book my
'observations on the spot' will
The fourth night Burr had a cell
mate. He was a gruff, low-browed
giant of a fellow. Burr was lonely
and tried to draw him into conver
sation. The man, however, was un
sociable and uncommunicative. He
sat brooding over some deep trouble
on his mind, muttering under his
breath and looking fierce and ugly.
Burr was driven to his usual liter
ary work of collecting his notes. He
was getting really interested in his
"partners in crime." His cell-mate,
lying supine in his bunk, watched
him moodily. At length he spoke up.
"See here," he observed, "is there
any chance of getting a note out of
"I should think so," replied Burr.
"If you have it written and ready and
can trust a stranger, you might get
some fellow jut served his sentence
to do it for you."
"Will you lend me your paper and
"Surely," assented Burr. "Here
The man pressed close to the
grated door so that he could get the
benefit of the gas .light in the corri
dor outside. He rested the soft pa
per tablet on his knee and made a
regular tool of the stubby-ended pen
cil, slowly and laboriously forming
letter after letter in a crude, clumsy
way, pressing into the paper heavily.
He tore off the written sheet finally,
folded it, wrote an address on the
outside, placed it in his pocket and
grunted out scant thanks to Burr.
Then he threw himself pn his bunk
and was soon fast asleep.
Burr settled himself for some
writing, the pad on his knee. Then
he strained his gaze as he noted that
the cumbrous epistolatory efforts of
his cell mate had made a plain, deep
impress upon the blank sheet before
him. He held it up against the light.
"Thunder!" ejaculated Burr, and
began to think hard, for this he made
out of the transferred scrawl:
"Mollie: Do just what I say or I'll
lose out bad. First thing, get those
papers out of the mattress and hide
them in the cellar. Then go to Law
yer Marcus. Tell him if I'm notjout
of here inside of a week I'll blow the
whole game and 'give up the papers -to
the investigation committee.
It took little meditation on the part
of Burr to figure out that a strange
freak of fate had placed him in the
company of one of the tpols or fel
low conspirators of the gang con
trolled by Lawyer Marcus. He did
not sleep all night He planned to
appeal to the warden first thing in
the morning and ask special permis
sion to call up Merrill on the tele
phone. To his surprise, however, be
fore he left the cell a guard came
for him and escorted him to the
office of the functionary he so
wislied to see.
"Discharged pardoned by the
mayor," announced the warden, and
Burr guessed rightly that his news
paper friend had acted promptly in
Burr was speedily robed in his own
personal apparel and made for the
nearest police station. He knew the
reporting ropes thoroughly enough
to promptly locate the one where
"Joe" had been initially imprisoned.
He learned that his former cellmate
had been jailed for,a deadly assault
upon a pal and from the records se
cured his living address.
Time, he realized, was the essence
of the occasion. "Joe" might find an
opportunity to dispatch his note to
"Mollie." There was no time to lose.
Burr reached the address obtained
from the police record to find the
gangster's home to be a wretched
two-story house in a state of gen-