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The music stops; the trotters walk
to their tables; the spotlight is
turned on the tiny stage.
A girl gets up one of the singers
that line the wall back of the piano
player. The crowd at the tables pre
pares for a burst of "rag."'
"I wonder," the girl says quietly,
"if any of you know what it means
to have a brother hanged!"
The girl is Eva Lewis, whose
brother Ora is under death sentence
for the murder of a policeman. The
money she earns in cabarets helps
pay the lawyers who tried to save
her brother's life.
"Can you picture what it would
mean to have' your brother mount
the gallows, with his executioner be
side him; to have the black cap
pulled over his eyes; to have the
noose adjusted about his neck; to be
asked if he has any last word to give
the world; to hear the intoning of a
prayer for his soul then to have the
trap sprung and your brother shot
downward, earthward, until the cruel
hemp draws tight with a snap and
breaks his neck?
"Can you picture your brother
hanging there, limp and lifeless, his
laughing eyes glazed and his gay
tongue forever stilled?
"My brother will hang," she cries
with a sudden, dramatic ferocity, and
startled diners jump in their chairs,
so strange a hush has fallen over the
gathering since her first quiet words.
"Unless unless you will help me
save his life!"
Then she tells, in a heart-to-heart
talk that takes scarce three minutes
of her stage time, of the battle she
is leading to prevent execution of
Ora Lewis her battle to end capital
punishment in Missouri, and the pe
tition she will send to Gov. Gardner
asking commutation of the death
sentence in Lewis' case.
Then, her story finished, her ap
peal sinking into her hearers' hearts,
she smiles, nods to the jaz band lead
er, and goes on with her cabaret
Reports that Miss Lewis is being
dogged by police spies are denied by
Chief of Detectives Allender and
Chief of Police Young.
"Every man in the department pit- i
ies and respects the girl," said Allen
der. "It is only natural she should
try to save her brother. We would be
more likely to help her along than
to prosecute her."
STEEVER SAYS PLENTY CASH
FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Uniforms-paid for by unknown "inter
ested persons" will be given free to high
school boys who "find it difficult to
pay" for uniform. Plenty of money
for this is assured Capt E. Z. Stee
ver, U. S. A., in charge of military
drills in public schools. Names of
those ready with their cash for this'
purpose are not disclosed by Capt.
Bids on a contract for 3,600 uniforms
are to be asked for by the board of edu
cation soon. Boys who pay for their sol
dier clothes will put up about 15 apiece
and $2 more tor caps.
Boys who don't pay for uniforms,
however, will not own them. They will
return" them to Capt. Steever, as it is con
sidered trousers and coat, are "as
signed" by Capt. Steever. Caps at $2
apiece must be paid for by all the boys
Sixty companies of troops are to be
organized. Next September is the time
the high school boys of Chicago practi
cally take a "referendum on whether they
want military drill in the schools. - Capt.
Steever believes congress may pass a bill
making the U. S. government pay for the
AUTO THIEF KING DEAD
Lemuel Nutter, confessed king of auto
thieves, died last night in county jail fron
pneumonia and delirium tremens. His
death will put crimp in State's Att'y
Hoyne's investigation of auto thieves'
trust as Nutter was to have exposed the
whole workings of the trust and named
the principal thieves on the witness stand.