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THE DOUBLE REPARATION
By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon
Robert Dale "Old Trusty" the
prison officials calle4 him "the
thief catcher" he was designated by
the convicts under his charge, went
his usual rounds at midnight to make
an amazing discovery.
He was called Old Trusty because
he never relaxed in his duty as a
guardian of the men in his especial
custody. He was designated the
thief catcher because, once a con
vict made away before his time was
up, Dale hunted him to the ends of
the earth until he founl his man and
brought him back to a double sen
tence of expiation.
Now Dale halted, caught at a loose
iron door, flashed his lantern within
and uttered a muffled word:
Then he blew the signal for the
guard, meanwhile exploring the in
terior of the celL By the time the
guards had appeared he was out in
the corridor again.
"It was No. 921," he reported
gruffly. "You all know him. He can
not have gotten far, for I O. K'd him
on the 11 o'clock round. After him!"
Then, the guards dispersing, he
traced what had been done. A door
bar sawed through, that of the cor
ridor tower forced, a knotted rope
made out of torn strips of sheets let
down from a window and freedom!
More the amazed was Robert Dale
because No. 921 was a model prison
er and had been since he came to the
prison two years before. Dale went
to the record book to revive his mem
ory. One of its pages related the his
tory of No. 921.
Eldred Wareham was his name
a clerk in a big city bond house. He
had embezzled some hundreds of
dollars to invest in a rising stock.
There had come a slump. He had
lost and confessed. He had been
given a sentence of five years. There
apparently had no living relatives. He
had come from the country to fall a
victim to the temptations of the city.
The chaplain had taken a marked
fancy to the ingenuous-faced, well
behaved prisoner. Wareham was al
ways attentive to his exhortations.
His fellows sneered at his "conver
sion," yet they all recognized his gen
tle, accommodating ways, and when
he was set at work in the hospital
he was the favorite nurse.
"He won't go back to the city,"
growled Dale. "Beyond that we know
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nothing concerning him. It will be a
hard chase, but I will get him."
These were prophetic words, but
their fulfillment was a long ways
ahead. The guards found no trace
of. the fugitive. Through the best
part of a year Dale made many a
journey to try to find the only es
caped convict he had not caught. It
was of no avail and the champion
thief catcher was nettled and chagrined.
were no antecedents. The young man J