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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 18, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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LITTLE MISS WHO'LL BE HAPPIEST GIRL IN
WHOLE U. S. THIS CHRISTMAS j
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No wonder she's smiling, for this is
little Bessie Lucile Stripling of Geor
gia who has just won a governor's
pardon for her dad who is in prison.
Sentenced for life, he'll be freed now
in time to eat Christmas dinner with
his plucky little daughter.
Savannah, Ga., Dec. 18. The hap
piest girl in the whole United States
this Christmas will be. little Bessie
Lucille Stripling!
The governor of this state has just
promised the pretty six-year-old child
that he will let her father out of
prison, where he had been sentenced
for life, in time to eat Christmas din
ner a free man, with the fear of
twenty years gone from his should
ers. Her babyish smile, won a pardon
and moved ponderous state machin
ery after powerful political pull and
official influence had failed.
The chubby fingers of this little
girl, who has heard more about pris
ons than she "has about dolls, are
opening the penitentiary's great iron
barred doors for the man, whose
tragic story closely parallels that of
Victor Hugo's world famous charac
ter "Jean Valjean."
Twenty years ago Stripling mur
dered a man in Harris county. He
was captured and- declared- that the
crime was committed to satisfy the
"unwritten law." Nevertheless hfc
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