take his medicine, but that he, too, j
hoped to some day lift the stain from I
the boy baby. "The correspondence
continued. Cora sought help, and
finally her grandfather, who prese
cuted the case against Kimzey, pre
sented a petition to the state board
of pardons, asking that Convict A915
be freed or paroled. f
The pardon board was plainly puz
zled. The problem of whe'ther Baby
Vallie needed a father more than the
state of Illinois needed Convict A915's
services and needed to satisfy the de
mands of justice was so weighty that
the board pondered for several
A syndicate of seventy powerful
newspapers took up the case of Baby
Vallie in every section of the coun
try and the collective sentiment of its
readers was made known to the par
don board and to Gov. Dunne. The
governor acted upon his return from
Scranton, Pa., yesterday.
A movie film showed a U. S. officer
as a drunkard and coward.
Maje Punkhouser, censor, sub
mitted it to a special committee of
U. S. officers.
They pronounced it immoral and
A special committee of pickpockets
would probably reject a film showing
a pickpocket at work. Giving away
trade secrets, yknow.
The U. S. officers might better have
censored out that traitor .part of it
and left their brother officer drunk.
Army officers are seldom traitors,
but they are often drunk some of
Gee whiz, whaddaya think of that
Senator Smoot, Utah Mormon,
voted for suffrage.
. But then maybe those Mormons
figure that they can increase their
voting strength by marrying more
Having tried nearly everything
else, including the state militia and
imported gunmen, Rockefeller's Col
orado coal trust will now sue them
It isn't money or your life with the
coal trust, but money and your life.
The oatmeal trust is now on trial.
That ought to mean a heavy news
paper advertising campaign for
It worked for Jelke so far as quiet
ing publicity was concerned, but it
didn't save him.
CONTRACT LABOR SYSTEM IS.ON
ITS LAST LEGS
Aid. Merriam's fight to toss the
contract labor system from the
Bridewell will result in victory. It
was announced yesterday that the
game will stop May 1.
This will be a serious blow to sev
eral contractors who have grown
rich and fat through paying 35 to 40
cents a day for a prisoner's labor.
The companies who profited most
ly from the game were the Chicago
Leather & Mercantile Co., of which
Billy Cooke, Republican politician, is
president; the Chicago Broom Co.
and the Inland PurseCo.
It's been fine for them. Not only
did they get the labor dirt cheap, but
they got heat, light and factory space
thrown in. The Chicago Broom Co.
we're allowed the use of 5,300 square
feet, while the Chicago Leather &
Mercantile Co. paid only $15 for 6,900
The Bridewell also furnished labor
free to unload cars of material.
Aid. Merriam first brought the mat
ter befoer the council in December
and an investigation was begun. The
Bridewell board immediately warned
Sup't John L. Whitman to 'refuse to
give any information.
The Bridewell board is composed
of Dr. M. A. Weiskopf, A. A. Burger
and Matthias Aller. Mayor Harrison
got after the board and they finally
Corporation Counsel Sexton has
decided the contract labor system is
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