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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 02, 1913, Image 7

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Twenty-eight men appeared in. the
South Clark street court today and
justified Judge John A. "Mahoney's
faith in human nature.
. Yesterday Judge Mahoney freed
thirty-two prisoners merely on their
promise to come to court this morn
ing and stand trial.
Most of the prisoners were minor
offenders who had lain in jail since
Saturday. The judge thought yester
day very warm as he prepared to sit
down for his holiday dinner.
"Don't serve dinner yet, mother,"
hef said to his wife. "I'm going down
to the station and take a chance pn
the poor devils locked up there."
,,He hurried down to the station.
Going up to the desk sergeant he
asked the number of prisoners who
were locked in the, stuffy cell room.
"Thirty-two," replied the desk ser
geant curiously, - "Y'ain't going to
hold court now, are you?" And he
laughed humorously.
"No.Tm going to experiment with
human nature a bit, that's all," the
judge replied. Then he ordered the
men released. The prisoners cheered.
They all shook hands with him,
gratefully. The judge went home to
"mother" for dinner.
This morning twenty-eight of them
took a chance of going to the Bride
well or the county jail and were there
for trial. The other four broke their
They received their rewards. All
but one was discharged. '-With this
one, Judge Mahoney is going to make
a still harder test of human nature.
This one was Joe Fontano. He was
rather a. battered-looking -person.
Joe earns $11 a week. Saturday
night to forget the dreariness of liv
ing he became very drunk. And in
hia drunkenneses he imagine'd he
could whip every one in the vicinity
of the Blackstone Hotel taxicab
stand. He failed. Also he lauded in
"J showed' up all right,v didn't I,
judge," hesaid. "I could-only save
$2 in case you Une me, but I can get
more,'' he continued.
"I'll tell you what I'll do? Joe," said
the judge. ''You take that -2, go
home on your recognition and come
back here Sept. 10 prepared to stand
a trial." 4 . i,ji
"I wiiy'-fsaid Joe firmly, and he left
When the. last of the twenty-eight
had been tried and disp'oSe'd of, the
judge leanedfback inchis'-chair hap
pily. 'yr
"Well; theold world's, not so bad
after all," he.'said, "whenfmen from
the slums and gutter facej possible
jail sen ten c' rather thanbreak their
word. I'vc&lways had'airjdea that if
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She I'll never go anywhere again
with you as' long as I live!
, He Wh why?
She At the tea this afternoon you
asked .Mrs. Smith how her husband
was standing the heat, and he's been
dead two months.

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