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He took them here to his Mission
and started them in on Janitor work.
Each convict that leaves Joliet is
given $10. Of this money he took
$9.50 from Gilmartin.
Gilmartin wasn't satisfied to stay
around the Mission ana! do the work
given him by Baldwin.
He wanted a chance to get out into
the world and show that he was a
man and no longer merely a numeral.
So he asked Baldwin's permission
to do this and the Missionary re
fused. Gilmartin needed underwear. He
asked Baldwin to give him the money
that lie might buy some. Baldwin
went out and bought him a suit.
Later on he gave Gilmartin $1. This
was all the paroled man ever saw of
. This condition of bondage lasted
f6r three weeks. And during that
time Gilmartin often wished he was
back in his convict's uniform at Joliet
under the sympathetic care of War
den Ed Allen.
Finally the man's spirit rebelled.
He took a desperate chance. He
went out of the Mission one day and
did not return. The next day he be
gan a search for work. But times are
hard. He wasn't very successful. He
searched for three days. And he has
applications on file at several big
houses to show that he really did try.
He went back into the Mission
and pleaded for his money, that he
might live until he could get work.
Baldwin scolded him.
"I'm going to send you back to
Joliet," said the missionary, whose
halo was slipping very fast.
Then Gilmartin went out of the
place. He walked around trying to
figure the future. He wanted so
much to earn a place in the world.
He went over to the East Chicago
avenue police station seeking advice.
Sergt. Frank Dooley was behind the
desk. .The veteran policeman was
impressed with the man's honesty of
purpose in coming to a police station
instead of taking advantage of his J
liberty by an escape. He told the
sergeant he wanted to change hjs
parole from Baldwin to some one
While he was talking to the ser
geant Baldwin burst into the sctation.
When he saw that Gilmartin" had al
ready had an opportunity to state his
side of the case he fairly boiled over.
He thereupon surrendered the
man's parole and said tthat he would
see to it that the man went down
again to Joliet. There waB nothing
for the indignant police sergeant to
do but lock Gilmartin in a cell.
But several people had overheard
the argument. They sympathized
with the convict. They were enraged
at Baldwin's action. Even the police,
who are naturally skeptical about an
ex-cdnvict, believed that here Was
one that deserved a chance.
Rev. Elmer Williams was called on
the telephone. He launched into a
beautiful description of the Chris
tianike work done by nis friend,
Then Williams was told about Gil
martin. He was of the opinion that
there must be some real reason for
it Then he was informed that a
newspaper story might be written.
Ah! that put a different complexion
on the case .Williams is very sensi
tive on the subject of publicity. He
fairly bathed in it for awhile. He
promised to talk to Baldwin.
When sufficient time had elapsed
for Williams to talk to Baldwin, the
man who says he himself was a con
vict was called.
He started by being evasive; he
ended by trying to whitewash him
self and saying it was not up to him,
but that Parole Agent Sam Erickson
would have to decide. But in be
tween times when Christmas time
was mentioned and he was reminded
of his speech that he was a former
convict, himself, he had nothing to
As a finale, Erickson, the parole
agent, was reached. He proved to be
a genuine human being. Instead of