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SUNDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 28. 1020
THE OREGON STATESMAN, SALEM, (PREQON
0. HENRY mid AL. JENNINGS
(Contlnned from last week)
When the cell door closed on
Dick I stood watching; the range
hoping he would come out again
la prison men grow superstitious
1 wondered if his bitter convic
tion that the pardon would never
be granted was a premonition. '
went back to "r the office th
chill breath of fear putting down
the ardent hope the warden
i promise had raised. 1
Every man; In the pen knew
what Dick had done. They talked
about It, advancing the most fan
tastlc theories as to Dick's method.
Bill Porter came over to tin-
warden's office that night. Hi
Visits were always welcome. Thero
was In Bill's warm, quiet humor
a' sunny cheer, an nnlifting hap
piness that seemed to catch one
by tb4 neen or me spins ana.snan
him free rom the harassing pei
tineas of prison life.
When Billy Raidler and
could not rouse each other, w
kfxjt our ears tuned for Bill'
oice at the door. He woul
come in, sniff the moodiness li
the air and breeze it away with
a dash of h!a buoyant gaiety.
Worth of life.
' Bill's humor was not me off
spark of happiness,- but of th
truth as he saw it. - He was no
an incorrigible optimist. There
were- tames when silent loon
hovered like a black wraith abou
him. But he had - an abidln
faith in the worth of life and
sane, noised . viewpoint that aU
the cruel injustice of his prisoi
Sentence could not distort,
, Bill accepted life on its ,owi
terms. There was in him noa
bt the f utile cowardice that quar
rels with the bargain of existence
tnocks and sneers and exhausts it
self in self pity. 1 To him life wa
bat a colossal experiment marked
by millions of inevitable failures
but destined, none the less, for a
His heart was crushed In prP
son. bat his mind did not lose it
clear, unbiased insight. He would
send out a word, a phrase that
seemed to puncture through th
film of our dissatisfaction. Th
grotesque world, fabricated of de
pression, set itself aright and w
were compelled to laugh and
agree with Bill's droll honesty.
' "Colonel, I surmise yon wer
Pandora's Imp when the Post'
box of troubles was opened?" H
handed me an account he hat
Just read In one of the evening
papers. It was the first time
had ever seen him manifest the
For Story, He Says.
asked him why he had not used It
"I've had it in mind, colonel.
ever since you told me of It.'' he
answered. "But 1 was afraid it
would not go. Convicts, you
know are not accepted in the best
society even in fiction."
Porter Falls to
Porter had never met Dick
Price.- One night I brought them
together in the warden's office. It
was odd to note the instantaneous
sympathy between these two un
Both held aloof from the other
prisoners: Dick because he was
moody. Bill because of his reti
cence. And yet, between the two,
there seemed to spring up an im
Porter bad brought over, a new
magazine. He was privileged to
receive as many as he liked. He
handed it to Dick. The fellow
looked up, a glance of wistful
swiftness darting across his
"I've hardly seen one since Iv
been here," he said, snatching it
quickly and sticking it under his
coat. Porter did not understand.
When Dick left, I told him what
his sentence had been that he
could not receive a book, a visit
or even a letter. ;
"Colonel, do they starve a man's
soul and kill his mind like that?"
He said nothing more. He seemed
shocked and bitter. In a moment
he got up to go. At the door he
"Well for him that he has not
much longer to live."
To Dying Prisoner.
calmest soul In the prison. He1
viewed his suffering and his cer
tain death as a spectator might
have. The queerest, oddest fan
cies possessed him. One night he
turned to me with a whimsical
dreaminess in his voice.
"Al. why do you suppose I wa
born?" ha asked. "Would yon
say that I had ever lived?"
I couldn't think of any answer
to make. I knew that I had lived
and got a lot of Joy out of it. '
wasn't sure abdut Dick. He did
n't wait for my verdict.
learned From Book
What Life Meant.
"Remember that book you
friend Bill slipped me? I read
every story In it. It showed me
Just how I stack up. It told me
what a real life might mean. Fn
36 years old and I'm dying with
out ever having lived. Look at
He handed me a scrap of pa
per with a long list of short
phrases on it.
"Those are the things I've nev
er done. Think of it, Al. I nev
er saw. the" ocean, never sang, nev
er danced, never went to a thea
ter, never saw a good painting
never said a real prayer
"Al, do you know that I rreve
talked to a girl in my life? Never
had one of them so much as give
me a kind look? I'd like to fig
ure out why I was born."
There came a week when I wa
so busy I did not go to see him
One night very late I dropped In
to the postorfice to talk to Bill
Raidler. Down the alley toward
the deadhouse came the big ne
gro porter, whistling and shuf
fling along. Billy and I used t
look out. inquire the name of the
stiff, and pay no further respects
We were familiar with death and
suffering. This night the negro
rapped at the window.
THINGS THAT iNEVER HAPPEN
VvftfJ. WUN I 1 ?
,i mtz accept authikT-
jSomc ujoe& roe he jo do,
I'LL ycV(L JUEAT
tfS fW FOjt MY c2.vICCS
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Change in Schedule It
Announced by Department
The boys department cf the
Y. M. C. A. has announced an
other change In schedule, the
new plan making possible the
separation of the cadet and Junior
claimes which heretofore have met
together for gym rlaases.
Under the new program the
cadets will have gym classes on
Monday and Thursday at 4: IS.
the lunJors on Thursday and Fri
day at 4:15. The beginners and
preps will meet on Wednesday at
the same time. Aside from these
no other changes have bn made.
The Intermediates and seniors
meet as before on Monday at C
o'clock for their banquet and
Bible study Classen, the Junior on
Friday at .
Dayton School District
Votes to Get Oat of Debt
DAYTON. Ore.. Nor. 27.
(Special to The Statesman)
School district No. 21 of Yamhill
coaaiy. comprising the tow.
Dayton, voted a special bad,. ..
117.241 for school narnoJ. il
the school year.esdiar Js iV
wi. me principle teatsr
this budget were: Teachers Ii
ry. . SOS. and th barm...
IS.OfeO. the entire IndebtedaeM If
the dUtrlct. f
Maid Oh. madame, joxr
band Is lying unconscious la tfc
ball with a large box tld hi
and crushing a paper la his katt.
Madame Then cry acv ,
twTtTKiAL tTOOi cany
I told him about Dick.- tie
wanted to know exactly how the
sat ' had been opened. The
thought of a man filing his. nails
to the quick aad then filing until
'the nerves were exposed bothered
him.' He had a dozen questions to
ask. ' - ;';
l l should "think he "could "have
taken an easier way," he said.
"Suppose he had -sandpaperea
ihe ball of his fingers? It would
;be less cruel. J do you think it
would .be . as effective? , - Did . it
seem to pain him? '.He must be a
'fellow of enormous grit. Birr, I
couldn't do it even If it would open
f he bars of our little private hell
here. What Is Dick Price like?
What gave him the idea; In the
I was , amazed at his gossipy
"Hell,, man. you must be first
cousin to the Spanish Inquisition."
I railed. "Why are you so much
' "Colonel, this is a wonderful
episode," he said. "It will make a
X had not thought of it In such
The words sent a gust of white
fury over me. I began to fear
again. I went over to the ranges
every night to see Dick. He ras
getting worse. I begged the war
den to press his case. (
At last the day came when the
governor was to pass upon it
There was nothing for him to do
but to sign it. Dick had performed
his part of the bargainn. The state
could now pay off its obligation.
I told Dick. i
"You can have a nice little feed
with the old woman-day after to
morrow," I said. He didn't ans
wer. He didn't want me to know
he hoped, but in spite of himself
his breath came hurriedly and be
turned bis back quickly.
I knew then that this silent,
grateful fellow had been waiting
and counting on that pardon. I
knew that the thought of freedom
and a few years of peace had! sus
tained him in all the suffering of
these last months. M
The . next morning I got the
word from the warden.' The ! par
don had been denied. i
Negro Reports "
Death of Dick.
"Massa Al. can't nebber guess
who Ise got with me tonight?"
"Wo, Sam?" we called out.
"Little Dick Price."
Little Dick, thrown Into the
wheelbarrow, with nothing but an
old rag over h!s body, his head
lopped out at one end, nis leei
hung over the other. Sam ratuea
the barrow off to the dead-house.
I stayed with Billy that night.
Both of us were fond of Dick. We
couldn't sleep. Billy sat up in bed.
"Sleep. At?" he called.
"God, don't It give you the
creeps to think of poor little Dick
alone down there in that trougn?"
I went down to the dead-house
the next morning. Dick was al
ready closed up in the rough
wooden box. The one-horse spring
wagon that carried off the nn
claimed convict dead was waiting
to take him to the potter's field,
I was the only one who followed
him. The wagon started off at a
trot. I ran ahead oi it to the east
gate. Old Tommy, the gateman.
"What you after, Mr. Al?"
I'm Just coming as far as
as he was about to leave in
new automobile purchased with
the proceeds of his operations
Jourdan tonight In the countv
jail, according to Sheriff San
Hutchinson, confessed details o'
his alleged crime. He la said t
have been released a short time
before coming here from the Wal
la Walla state prison where he
was sent for 16 months from
Pierce county for a aimilar of
fense. The draft deposited bv
Jourdan was written on a blan Jt ,g understood that the profl
printed for him here but entitled contemplating the pre
the Farmers becuruy uana "Mentation of a loving cup to At
Milton. Or. When jouruan began torney General A. Mitchell Palm
checking against the draft, wireCr. He has certainly been good
Inquiry wan sent to Milton and It'to them.
was found that the draft was
foreerv. Jourdan's arrest fol
lowed. Jourdan said the actual
writing and signing of the draft
was done by a drug addict whom
he Dicked up in a local pool ban
securing his .aid by carrying hi
own arm In a sling and claiming
he was unable to write because o
injury. Jourdan was In the act
of writing additional checks wber
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, The pardon, had been., denied!
When the warden gave me that
word I felt as though a black
wall had dropped suddenly before
me, cutting -off the light and the
air: I. felt shut-in, smothered,
dumb.-' ." . J- -
' What would poor Dick do now?
What would he think of me? If I
had not told him It was coming up
I might have Jollied him along.
But he knew. He would be wait
ing for me.: All day he would be
thinking of it. , I would i have to
see him that night. I
When I, went into his range,
there he was, pacing up and down
the corridor. I looked at the stoop
ed, emaciated-form. The prison
clothes hung from his bones as
though he were a peg. His hag
gard face turned upon me a look
of such pathetic eagerness I felt
my courage sinking in a cold,
speechless misery . I tried to tell
a light." It was like some wlzarJ""- woras goi caugni in me
camera with the lens always ini"i
focus. Men, their thoughts and ,,. , .,1
their doings, were snapped In Its 7mfntly Watching
tireless eye. With IyIiiK Man.
All life, as he tells us In "The ' Vf '
Duplicity of Hargraves.", belonged I The 'aded from his dark
"tolilm. He took thereof what he .cheek until his skin looked the
pleased and returned it as he!
. ' Once he had taken It. it was his.
He stored It hp in his mind. When
. be called upon it, it came forth
bearing the stamp of his own orig
Bill took no notes. Once in a
while he would Jot a word or two
down on a scrap of paper, a cor
ner of a napkin, but in all of our
rambles together I never noticed
the pencil much in evidence. He
preferred to work his unfailing
It seemed to have boundless
space for his multitudinous ideas
He kept them mentally , pigeon
holed and tabulated, ready to be
taken out and used at a moment's
notice. It was years before he
made Dick Price immortal in the
story of Jimmy Valentine. I
Our glasses do
it and they also
delay the? com
color of a gray cinder, with the
over-brllllant eyes glaring forth
like burning coals. He under
stood. He stood there starine at
me like a man who has heard his
own death sentence. And I could
not say a word to him. After a
moment, age-long with its dull
agony, he put out bis hand.
It's all right, Al." his voice
was a choking whisper. "I don't
care. Hell, it doesn't make any
difference to me." .
But it did. It. finished him. It
broke his heart. He hadn't the
courage to fight it out any longer.
A montb later tber took him to
tne prison hospital.
He was dying. There was no
chance of a cure. I wanted t
write to his old mother. But it
would only have pained her. They
wouldn't have let her come to
him. The warden couldn't breair
the state's law. So I just went
to see nim every few nights,
sat and talked to him. As
would come up to his cot he
would put out his hand and grin
Ana when I looked into those-
qulck intelligent, game eres.
stab of pain went through me. He
never spoke of the old woman
now. - ..
Dick Aoks Al,
"Have 1 Ever Lived?"
At this time I was a somewhat
privileged character in the prison
as me warden s , secretary.
couia visit any department at
wiu. utnerwtse Dick Price might
nave uiea ana i would never have
naa even one chance to see him
. When a convict went tn tht
hospital he was cut off from al"
communication with his former
fellows. Men lay sometimes for
months in their cots without ever
a word from the only friends the
had. They suffered and died
without one touch of human sym-
I was the only yisitor Dick had
Men naa called him a "stor bug
Decs use er nis erratic, mood
ways Because, too, of his un
canny genius as a mechanic. A
he lay there coughlnr his life
away, he was the gentlest and the
can with a friend of mine," I told
him. , . .
The. gate swung to. It was a
chill, foggy morning. I looked
out. Leaning against a tree was
a -poor, huddled, bent little figure.
with an old red shawl drawn
tight about the shoulders. She
had her hands clasped tight to
gether, her elbows dug into her
waist, and she was swinging
these hands up and down and
shaking her head in a grief so ab
ject, so desolate, it sent a broken
sob even into old Tommy's voice.
- "Tommy, go speak to her," I
said. "That's Dick's mother."
"Aw, gee. ain't that hell!" The
poor old soul!"
The spring wagon rattled by.
Tommy put up his had to the
driver. "Go slow, there, ye heart
less booby. That there is the poor
lad's old mother." ,
The driver reined in the horse.
Dick's .mother lurched against the
wagon and looked in at the wood
en box. She was swaying from
side to side like a crazy thing,
shaking her head and rocking her
All that she had on earth the
boy whose tragic, broken life had
been her crucifixion was in that
crude box. The wagon jogged off
the trembling, heart-piercing
old figure halt running, half fall
ing along the road after it.
Society had taken the last
farthing of it. debt from Dick
Price and it had beaten bis
mother Into the dust in the cruel
(Continued next week)
Two Auto Hit "
While driving an automobile
east on Court street Friday nijtht.
m. w. Matcheson reported to the
police station, he failed to see an
automobile standing in the street.
ana as a result his machine struck
the rear end of the other car and
broke the crank off of his car.
Matcheson said he got out of his
auto for the purpose of obtaining
ino name or me a river, tout be
drove away before be was enabled
to ao so.
Men of Marion and Polk Counties, we want
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HECTIC CAREER IN
' HIGH FINANCE ENDS
FORGED DRAFT FOR $3763 DE
POSITED IX BANK
Jourdan Draws 9330O Upon His
Fictitious Rank Account Be
YAKIMA, Wash., Not. 27.
Following a 24-hour hectic oar
eer in high finance, in the course
of which a forped draft for
on a New York bank was depos
ited to h' cre't h"- --d
amounting to 3,590 draw
"ga'pst it. Harry A. Jourdan. 32
a sign painter here for the past
fiv months, was arrested today
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