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IDE NEW COMMANDMENT
TOLD IN THE STORY OF A DIN
NER TENDERED TO PAROLED
PRISONERS BY "GOLDEN
RULE" JUDGE AUSTIN OF
TOLEDO.
■paeiol Oorraspondasoe to Th* Pros*
TOLEDO, March 15.—1t was a
banquet of laughter and of tears.
It was a feast shared .in good fel
lowship by the fortunate and the
victims of misfortune.
It was' an event that practiced
the divine theory of the forgive
ness of sins.
I twas a brilliant scene wherein
brotherly- love was a flaming torch
that dissipated the shadows of
modern cynicism and wherein
every man's inherent good was ap
praised at its full value.
Such, indeed, was the banquet
that James Austin, jr., judge of the
Toledo police court, gave to some
60 guests, among whom were po
lice court officers, members of the
ministerial association, city coun
cilmen and paroled prisoners, men
and women, black and white,
young and old.
It was a sight to warm the heart
of any red blooded man —the mild
mannered judge sitting at the head
of the table, the Rev. Alexander to
his right. "Micky" Doyle to his
left, and all the others gathered
about the long table smiling
through their teass.
Tony Nasse. keeper of an unpre
tentious eating house near the po
lice station, served the dinner,
which had been arranged by Judge
Austin to encourage police court
probationers to the spirit of right
living. The only decoration in the
banquet room was a picture of the
late Samuel Jones, Toledo's famous
"golden rule" mayor, who applied
God's great law to city government
and whose spirit lives and still
shines brightly.
,"?*ow friends" said the judge,
when his guests were seated, "cut
in and enjoy yourselves. Every-
POLICE JUDGE JAMES AUS
TIN, WHOSE MOTTO IS "LIFT
UP THE FALLEN."
thing goes here. If you want to
eat with your knives there is no
objection. Just enjoy yourselves,
and above all make yourselves at
home." Thus every guest was put
at ease, and for upward of an hour
pleasant, wholesome chatter
sounded over the rattle of the
dishes. The judge and Rev. Alex
ander laughed merrily at "Mickey"
Doyle's smart sallies. "Mickey"
had been the leader of the "Jeffer
son gang," an organization of boys
that has caused the police much
trouble within the last few years
by their petty depredations.
''Mickey - ' was finally arrested, is
on probation now and is reported
as doing well. Judge Austin says
there is "good stuff" in "Mickey,"
and he has faith that the boy will
some day ornament society.
"Gee, cull, we're going to be
mugged," remarked "Piggy" Mul
ley, when a photographer entered
the room to make a flashlight pic
ture of the uniiiue and cosmopoli
tan assemblage, and everyone
laughed at his words.
The time came for toasts. Judge
Austin referred to his guests as
bis "boys and girls." They had
made some mistakes, he said, but
that was human, and because a
man has made a mistake it does
not necessitate his making another.
And when people know how much
better It Is to be true to themselves
and to society there is no desire to
break the law and temptation may
be overcome.
The judge took his guests into
tils confidence in regard to a class
of citizens who were opposing him
politically because of the proba
tion system. There are some men
und women In Toledo, and some
Very respectable men aud women,
who believe that Judge Austin is
too lenient with law violators.
They believe In no mercy for the
man or woman who breaks the
rules of society. Many of these
objecting cltlxens live In fine
tomes amid comfortable sur
HUtdiugs. They have, enough to
•at. the) have congenial compan
ionship, they enjoy the ease o>
established positions. From their
doors temptation is walled off.
Judge Austin explained all this
and told why he believe in the pro
bationary system.
"When the people in the 'silk
stocking' district wrnt to remove
debris from their back yards they
do not use silver ladles, but pitch
forks and spades instead,' - said the
judge.
"For the same reason I hay ap
pointed as probation officer 1/juis
Wlttenburg. a big hearted man who
all his life lias mingled with the
poor and lowly. He knows their
temptations and how to sympathize
with them."
Wlttenburg. op until the time of
his appointment, was a slum sa
loonkeeper. He is being bitterly
opposed by som eof Toledo's "best"
people.
When the judge had concluded
his remarks. Mrs. Fred Becker, the
wife of a paroled prisoner, arose
timidly, gulped several times at the
hard lump in her throat, and then
in a quavering voice asked If she
might speak. Indeed she might.
Handclapping a,nd pleasant, ap
proving smiles drove away her
fear.
She told how a desolate home,
her home, had been made happy
by the reformation of her husband.
She told of her love of that* man
and of her joy, now that he had
found himself. He was good to
her now they were comfortable.
Life held a promise, and she was
oh, oh, so happy.
There was a tense silence as she
spoke, and for several minutes
many present wept softly, mingling
their tears with the hot tears of
thankfulness which streamed down
the cheeks of the glad little wife.
Another probationer, a beautiful
girl still in her teens, arose. Tim
idly she told how she had been left
an orphan when but nine years of
age. Cast upon the mercy of
strangers who had no mercy, she,
at the age of 15, was turned adrift
In the streets.
"I had no place to lay my head,"
she said. "For three nights and
three days I had not a bite to eat
and I slept in a vacant house.
When I applied for work no one
would take me in. I felt that I
would soon die. I met a woman on
the street and she told me that if I
would go to a house, where there
was a red light over the door, I
would be taken in. This woman did
not deceive me, I knew what she
meant. But I was hungry. I went
to that place and a woman opened
the door. I told her that 1 wanted
food and she game me a smile, the
first smile f had seen in weeks.
She took me in. I do. not have to
tell you the rest of my story. In a
very short time I did not care what
became of me. At last a man made
me steal for him, and I was ar
rested for that crime. This god
judge, Mr. Austin, was kind to me.
He suspended sentence and helped
me get a job. That was over a
year ago. Now I am a good girl,
and I want fo be always."
And the girl sat down and buried
her head in her arms and quietly
cried.
,"Say. fellows." shouted "Piggy"
Mulley, at this juncture, as if to
dispel the shadow cast by the girl's
story, "Denny says he wished he
could be sentenced to this feed
house for six months."
The jest brought the sunlight
hack into the faces of the guests,
and the girl wiped away her tears
and also smiled again.
Nearly everyone spoke after that.
There were pathetic words from
the lips of old men, grown gray in
sin, and now turning new pages
with trembling hands. There was
the optimism of youth from such as
"Mickey" anl "Piggy." Good jobs
they would get and, after awhile,
marry and settle down for life. So
the talk ran on.
After a while Tony Nasse
cleared the table and the judge
and his guests went out into the
night—
For better or for worse—which?
FEDERAL LIABILITY CASE.
The federal employers' liability
law has been Invoked by John
Doyle, who has sued the Great
Northern in the superior court for
$2000 damages for Injuries recived
in falling from a car. Doyle was
employed as a helper with an extra
gang near Odessa and was to
mount a car when the hand hold
broke, throwing him violently to
the frozen ground.
MEDINA, Ohio, March 15.—Guy
Rasor, who was convicted of man
slaughter for killing his sweet
heart, Orrie Lee, has been sentenc
ed to 20 years.
MAIN 2348
CROWS NEBT
ROCK SPRINGS
WOOD VULCAN
Prompt Delivery ' ACME COAL
SENATOR FROM NEW YORK.
. oopnziatn: by cuHßnrair
HON. ELIHU ROOT
of New York, N. Y.
SENATOR FROM N. DAKOTA,
HON. It N. JOHNSON
of Petersburg, N. D.
CATHOLIC CHURCH LEADS !
IN WAR ON CONSUMPTION
Within the past four months the
churches of over 100 diferent cities
in the United States, all the prin
cipal cities In the United States,
all the principal religious denom
inations, and several interdenom
inational societies, have united in
a campaign against consumption,
according to a statement issued by
the National Association for the
Study and Prevention of Tubercu
losis.
Notable campaigns have been
conducted by the allied churches
of New York, Brooklyn, Pittsburg,
St. Paul, Milwaukee, Washington,
Chicago, Providence, Baltimore,
Trenton, Seattle, Philadelphia and
many other cities. In most of these
places a special Sunday has been
set aside on which sermons about
tuberculosis have been preached in
the various churches. So success
ful has been this method of declar
ing the gospel of fresh air, that it
is being adopted by pastors all
over the country.
In several of the larger religious
denominations definite resolutions
by some of the local ministerial or
ganizations, allying these associa
tions with the tuberculosis move
ment, have been adopted.
Foremost in the fight against
consumption is the Roman Cath
olic church. In this church, under
the direction of Archbishop Ryan
Vogue
Spokane's Greatest
Millinery Store.
Trimmed Millinery
Spokane ladies al
ways come to the
Vogue for the most
stylish hats.
Tonight we will have
some extra good values
for you. Smart hats,
cleverly trimmed, late
styles; shown in all
fashionable colors; a
splendid assortment to
choose from.
SATURDAY SALE
PRICE
$5.00
MAXWELL 100
917 RIVERSIDE AYE.
Opposite the New Postoffice.
THE SPOXANE PROS, MARCH TS, ISC9
lads. Msurciv
SENATOR FROM OHIO.
HON. THEO. E. BURTON
of Cleveland, O.
SENATOR FROM IOWA.
HON. A. B. CUMMINS
_# »*T_l_ 1 J At_l_
of Dcs Moines, who served this
winter the unexpired term of the
late Senator Wm. B. Allison.
of Philadelphia, an educational cru
sade against tuberculosis is being
carried into all of the parochial
nad other schools in its control. As
a result, over 1,250,000 school chil
dren in 13,000 parishes are being
Chicago
Clothing
Company
Young
Men
Hundreds of them
have been in to see onr
line of suits within the
last few days, and
every one who ha£
looked lias admittsp
that we have the fine t
line of "College
Clothes" in the city.
The styles are tl c
latest gotten out \ f
eastern designers.
The colors are smai 1
attractive, new and m
little different from
those shown elsewhere.
The prices are abso
lutely right, every suit
we have is good value
for the money we ask.
lv all; our suits are
•'somewhat different"
—the lines we handlp
are seen only at the
Chicago store.
Prices $15 to $35.
Corner Wall and
Riverside
SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY.
HON. WM. O. BRADLEY
of Louisville, Ky.
SENATOR FROM INDIANA.
HON. BENJ. F. SHIVELY
of South Bend, Ind.
reached. The clergy of the church
have been asked also to instruct
their congregations on the dangers
and methods of preventing tuber
culosis, for the purpose of bringing
the simple doctrines of the cure
and prevention of this disease to
every one of the 17,000,000 Cath
olics in the United States.
AVERY HAS YEAR YET.
" Owing to the fact that United
States District Attorney Avery has
yet a year of his term to serve, no
candidates have yet announced
themselves for his place. Mr. Av
ery's partner, Frank T. Post, is
mentioned in connection with the
position of assistant United States
attorney general for the interior
department, of whom six are to be
appointed, and shall reside in
Washington, D. C. Mr. POBt says
he is not a candidate for the place.
16 pounds of Cane, not
Beet. Sugar for $1.00
It is foolishness to buy Groceries without first seeing what
we have to offer. Step in and let us give you our price.
Chapman's Grocery
924 RIVERSIDE, OPPOSITE REVIEW. Phone 1810.
Watch for our ads each week.
Implements of quality are found in our line of
Harrows, Cultivators, Spring Tooth Harrows and
Cultivators, Garden Seeders and Hand Tools of all
kinds.
Shaw-Wells Company
330 Main Aye. Phone 808. Ask for auto vouchers.
SENATOR FROM OREGON.
HON. GEO. E. CHAMBERLAIN
of Portland, Ore.
SENATOR FROM KANSAS.
HON. JOS. L. BRISTOW
of Salina, Kan.
THIRD WARD PETITION
FOR SHIELDS
William H. Shields, candidate
for councilman, first term, from the
Third ward, has the backing of a
petition of indorsement that con-
tamed 77 names of property holders
and voters Saturday night. The
petition sets forth that Mr. Shields
is known to the signers "as a man
of high ideals, sterling worth and
integrity, and who by his residence
in this city for more than 20 years
has become thoroughly familiar
with business conditions and the
problems which are to be settled
by the incoming administration,
' and is well qualified to fill the po-
I sltion to which he aspires."
The owl can see farther at night
than any other bird or animal.
Special
To our
regular cash
customers
we will give
Shaweco
Plows
SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON.
HON. WESLEY L. JONES
of North Yakima, Wash.
SENATOR FROM COLORADO.
HON. CHAS. J. HUGHES. JR.
of Denver, Col.
PEYTON APPEALS.
Colonel I. N. Peyton has ap
pealed to the supreme court the
case of Thomas K. Johnstone, who
had a mortgage given Peyton years
ago and foreclosed by him set
aside on the ground that John
stone, who lived In the east, had
no notice of the pendancy of the
Richland
is now the center of attraction of every fruit
grower in the state of Washington and of thou
sands of people of the east and middle west,
who will join the hundreds who are now enjoy
ing the winter sunshine aiM reveling in the till
ing of the soil, which hasn't been stopped for
one week all winter. There has been no frozen
ground at
Richland
The water is in the canals at the present time
and is ready for use.
Richland i%55 miles from the mountains, .300
miles from the coast and only 369 feet elevation.
That's Why
It's Early
That's why the leading fruitgrowers of the
west are settling here.
It's the Land of the
April Strawberry
Land selling for $100 to $250 per acre, with
perpetual water right. Gravity canal and water
under government supervision. Free pamphlets
on request. Investigate now. Don't wait.
RICHLAND
LAND COmpany
128 Post Street. Phone Main 2333.
SENATOR FROM 8. DAKOTA.
HON. COB I. CRAWFORD
of Pierre, 8. D.
SENATOR FROM FLORIDA?"
HON D. W. FLETCHER
of Jacksonville, Fla.
proceedings. The property has
since greatly enhanced in value.
MILLWOOD
FOR SALE
JOHNBON SHINGLE CO.
ATLANTIC AND CATALDO
PHONE MAXWELL 1172

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