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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE SYMONDS CASE
By Frank Filson
The News-Herald was the yellow
est paper in townbut old Lyons had
never yet had a woman in the re
porters' room. He always said it
needed men to get the sort of news
he wanted. When we came in and
saw little Mary Leeson sitting beside
the city editor's desk, therefore, we
rubbed our eyes.
The city editor introduced her to
me.
"Put Miss Leeson wise to the game,
Hallowell," he said. "She's going to
cover general assignments."
She was a little country-bred girl,
and I thought she had lost her fa
ther or mother recently, for she al
ways dressed in black. She was as
plucky as you please, and she never
fell down on a story. Had a rare gift
of descriptive writing, too.
She certainly made good that first
year. Baldwin, the sports editor, used
to take her round quite a bit, but
after a while they ceased to speak,
except for a formal greeting. I
guessed what had happened and was
sorry for Baldwin, but I had known
from the first that no one had a
chance with her. It was the same
way with Elvers, the news editor. He
pulled away in time. And it wasn't
the girl's fault She was as nice as
could be to all of us. But she simply
didn't care for lovemaking.
"Remember, Miss Leeson," old
Jones had said to her, when she
joined us, "the paper comes first. If
a reporter hate not his father and
mother when the paper's interests
are to be served he won't do for the
News-Herald. Remember that al
ways." And she did indeed she did. There
was the time when she stood all
night in a blinding snowstorm to get
the first news of the death of the
president of the South-Western
system. Brought it back in the gray
dawn, the story all written, and had 1
to wait an hour longer until the
watchman unlocked the door.
But I am thinking now of the fa
mous Bell trial. Bell had been ar
rested for murder in some obscure
little place that no one had ever
heard of, I suppose. He had been in
love with a girl and had sent a box
of poisoned candy to his rival, ac
cording to the claim of the district
attorney. The woman had disap
peared, and that was considered the
most favorable omen for the prison
er. Six of us were sent down to
J " '"
The Man's Eyes Fixed Themselves
on Hers
Shoreport to report the trial, which
ran in scareheads every day. They
were a week selecting a jury, and
they'd never got one if there hadn't
been a change of Venue.
For some occult reason all Ly
ons' reasons are occult the News
Herald was told to take the prison
er's side. It may have been because
the Eagle was openly for the convic
tion of Symonds, the prisoner. Per
sonally, I had no doubt of his guilt

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