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"workers, all familiar with psy
chology of" violence, all anxious
to get at the truth of the lolling.
Mrs. Leland Norton superin
tendent of the Legal Aid society,
whose daily life is handling; crim
inals and delinquents, asked keen,
incisive questions, seeding mo
tives. Martin's shoulders twitch
ed, biit he replied unhesitatingly.
"Yes," h'e replied, 'Jl shot him
because he was mean totny moth
er. He's always been ijiea,n to
her. No'me, he didn't heat her
very often, but ne."curs.ed'her and
kriocked her about. He .was al
ways tellin' her he was the boss
there and ordering her to keep her
d mouth shut."'
"What 5tarterhese rows.,?" I
asked, "Why:dtdl'he 'curse ydvir
moth,er?" . , , '
The boy shuffled his feet and
shook his head as if sorhe jnner
memory rousedvaIl 'the rage in
"Well," he said, slowly, at last,
"every time she told arjy of us
boys to do anything he wbqld'tell
us to do something else."-
"Who did you pbey?" question
ed Mrs. Norton.
"Her," said the lad; he didn't
have no right to tell us 'potato
mind her, He didn't 'have no
business to call her a "fool and
knock her' about. '"I told him not
to hirher." . '
"Did you tell him tht the
morning you killed her?" I in
quired. "Yes'm; but he didn't say
nothin' except that he would beat
me. He was always mean to us
all," he burst out "He -never
spake to us less'n it was-to my
something mean or call us dosn..
He tried to boss everybody
that's all." . u "
- "What was his excuse fpi'-the
trouolVwith your mother' T-hup-'
day morning? '' Tell us that 1 m-
"He came honie Wednesday
njght and tried to makeme bring
m'a'lot dfwood late at night: She
told him it was so late and said
wouldn't he vait until morning.
fe said "yes and she told me
The ne&t morning he' got to
thinking and he thought because,
she -didn't want me to bring in
the wood late at night she was
me'ddHng- He come in and just
,begun . to curse her. baid he
wante'd Her tb keep -he.- d-:-'moufh
shut, and he was the boss
there and not her. He took her
b,y the arm and hurt .her, and I'
told -him toquit. He cursed rne
and doubled up his fist and hit;
h,er on the breast here and sHe'
fell oVer. If I'd heen big I'd
have, given him a good beating,'
'cause it .made me awful sore.
"Did he ever speak kindly tto
you in. your life?" asked Mrs,
Norton. t "Never petted yoU3even
when" you were little?" The
, child's Jbody jerked convulsively,
andhe said in a low voice:
' "No.'me, never. Never spoke to
nje in iny life except to order me
"And you mother?'7 I asked.,
"You love her?"
"Oh, ys," said the boy. ' "fe
was good to us ; she tried to kee$?
him from being mean-and just J
Igot cursed and knocked. He had