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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 07, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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ESCAPING CONVICT DELAYS
KILLING AT SING SING
Ossining, N. Y., Jan. 7. Sensa
tional chase of an escaped prisoner
over roof of Sing Sing early today
delayed execution of Antonio Pen
ton, young Porto Rican, and give the
prison officials one of most harrow
ing hours that has marked killing of
men by order of state in months.
Deputy Warden Spencer Miller
broke down and wept, following the
execution, over the fact that he had
been forced to direct the killing of
a fellow man. Warden Geo. Kirch
wey, who succeeded Thos. Mott Os
borne, following latter's indictment,
was not in prison when Ponton went
to his death. He continued the policy
of Osborne in remaining away as a
protest against capital punishment
Execution of Ponton was unevent
ful. He walked into death chamber
at 6:15 and at 6:24 was pronounced
dead. His crime of stabbing Bessie
Kromer of Schenectady to death had
been expiated.
The identity of the escaped pris
oner and how he came to be able to
make his break for liberty l were'
closely guarded secrets. V
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EVERYTHING WAS FAIR BUT
"LIAR" THAT LOST THE CASE
Mary Petricek, 1901 S. Throop sL,
believes in being "fair." When she
decided that her married life with
her husband, Frank Petricek, wasn't
just what she fancied married life
ought to be she packed up her be
longings and quit while .Frank was
at work, but when he got home he
found that she had not taken a sin
gle one of the wedding gifts that
were given to him personally, nor
had she "taken her wedding ring. Also
she left for him a mattress on the
floor, so he wouldn't have to sleep on
the boards.
In the court of domestic relations
yesterday she told of her shattered
dream of married life and asked only
that Frank should pay her bills while
she lived apart from him.
Mary might have been successful
because she told a pathetic tale, but
she didn't finish the game playing
fair. She called Frank a liar when
he tried to tell his side of the tale and
she repeated the pet name so often
that Judge Hopkins had a tightness
about his lips as he tried to disentan
gle Frank's testimony from Mary's
term of endearment Then the judge
said just one word to Frank:
"Discharged."
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NOW HE CAN FIGURE OUT WHY
FIGS FROM SYMRNA ARE SHY
New York, Jan. 7. A year ago
100,000,000 pounds of figs were
brought to the U. S. from Smyrna.
This year, according to John Manola,
90 West Broadway, who represents
Smyrna Fig Co., which is said to han
dle 25 per cent of the fig business in
this country, not a single pound has
come from Smyrna.
Mr. Manola, who arrived here yes
terday aboard Giuseppe Verdi of the
Trans-Atlantica Italiana line, said he
had left New York on Aug. 21 to find
out why there were no more ship
ments from Smyrna. '
"I discovered it after many months
of suffering and hairbreadth escapes
from death," said Mr. Manola. "The
Turkish soldiers had eaten them up
for food, of which there is a great
scarcity.
"When I found that a five-gallon
can of kerosene oil was selling at $16
I lost interest in Smyrna and started
to come home."
$300,000 GOES UP IN SMOKE
Cincinnati, Jan. 7. It is claimed
that $300,000 in paper money was
destroyed in fire- that leveled Adams
Express Co. general offices and ware
house today. Nearly $1,000,000,000
in currency and notes received from
New York yesterday and firemen
worked heroically to remove most
of the shipments. Fire starting from
crossed electric wires was fought;
during worst snowstorm jof winter,
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