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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 21, 1912, Image 9

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-How the living" eyes of Murderer Clay look to'day ; will they continue
to see in the sockets of John Cashin?
.Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 21. Within
afew minutes after Robert L.
Glay fakes his farewell look at
earthly things and drops at,, the
end of the hangman's rone. Tohn
i' V iCashm blind, for years.- hopes to
See. -
r Clay lies in' the death cell,
awaiting execution for the mur
fder of, his wife. His eyes are as
-good as man could wish for, al
v. though his lawyers and friends
;say they are the eyes of a mad-
iman. But the law has decreed
that, mad or sane, they must close
so far as their use by Clay is con
cerned. . "
On a street' corner not faf away
' -John Cashiil sells papers. Re
1 cently his customers have noticed
at new light in his face. He has
never seen the people who buy
rs papers and drop their pennies
in a cup near1 him, " but soon he
-Tiopes to see them. And not only
fthe living beings around him, but
;fhe sunshine, the trees and flow-?
ers, the'blind man hopes to see.
i How? Through the eyes of
the murderer, Robert Ll Clay!
Until lately Cashin never ex
pected to be able to see again.
But one day a friend read to him
of the sentencing of Clay. A sud
den wave of thought swept over
the blind man. He had heard o
wonderful operations performed
by surgeons, of bones and organs
transplanted, and he saw with
sightless eyes a-wonderful opera
tion. He hurried to the office of
Dr. J. N. Ellis:
"Doctor," the blind man said,
"when they hang Clay, why
couldn't I gethis eyes?"
Dr. Ellis 'was astonished
"What do you mean?" he asked.
"I mean that when Clay dies'
"his eyes be taken out and be put
in place of mine'
Dr. Ellis was finally persuaded'
to favor the strange request. He
decided if the optic nerves of the
blind man were still serviceable
after so many years of disuse, a-L
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