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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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conspicuous offender, and because of
his riches and influence, grant him
what is denied the humble and friend
less prisoners,,
"All prisoners must be treated ex
actly alike. "
"As vigorously as I am able, I de
mand that when special privilege has
been banished from every other state
department it shall not be permitted,
no matter what the power or threats,
to creep into our penitentiaries.
"I insist," declared Johnson, "that
Ruef shall be treated just like any
ordinary prisoner, neither more
harshly nor more leniently. At the
time Ruef's plea was refused, 77
others were also denied parole. The
prison board is denounced denounced
because it treated Ruef just like the
other 77.
"To yield, because of fear,to the
persuasion, cajolery or threats of a ,
powerful prisoner, is to cause the iron
to enter the soul of every obscure
and friendless convict, and to make
every one of the other 3,300 men in
our penitentiaries know that even in
prisons class distinctions prevail. Lt
would but add to the hopelessness
and bitterness of the men confined."
Governor Johnson helped prose-
Gov.1 Hiram W. Johnson of Cali
fornia, who believes parole of no
torious San Francisco grafter would
subvert square deal among his fel
low prisoners at San Querftin, and,
below, Abraham Ruef, serving 14
yearsjoejcacting brjbes,
--.JL -Tk" &-- ii.

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