The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, February 13, 1921, Page 8, Image 8

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(Continued from last week.)
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It was the end of the struggle.
The pulsing, clamorous silence
that holds the tongue while
thoughts shout from mind to mind
was between us. Porter seemed
exhausted by the defeat. The joy
In his promotion was dissipated.
He became more aloof than ever.
"uhat a terrible isolation there
Is in this prison life," he said aft
er a pause that' weighed like a
tone upon us. "We are forgotten
br the friends we left in the world
and we are used by the friends
we claim here."
I knew that Torter had a wife
and child. I did not know then
that he bad reached bis home aft
er onr separation in Texas to find
his wife dying. Nor did I know
that the 13000 had g.ven. him a
measure of independence is those
last sad months before his trial
and conviction.
In all our Intimacy at prison.
Porter never once alluded to his
family affairs. Not once did he
npatr nf the child who was ever in
his thoughts. Billy and I sent out
Innumerable letters to the little
Margaret. Only once did Porter
slip a word. It was that time when
a story had been refused He was
disappointed, he said, i- for . he
established 186S
General Banking Busbies
Office Honrs from 10 , m. to S p. m.
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Been Asking for. Hear
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1586 Church in the Wildwood. . Quartet
1686 Whispering Hope -
1990 If Your Heart Keeps Right . Rodheaver
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2867 In the Garden ...Asher and Rodheaver
2829 Let the Rest of the World Go By.. Campbell and Burr
2924 My Isle of Golden Dreams.. .....Violin Solo
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2943 Oh by Jingo One-Step. . . .Lania Roseland Orchestra
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2973 Down the Trail to Home, Sweet Home. Burr
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2989 ThatJ Naughty Walts. . . .Violin Solo
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6824 Miserere from II Trovatore. .... .Harrison and Chorus
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$884 College Life Two-Step. . mr. ..;- ..... Princess Band
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wanted to send a present to a little J
War to Escape '
To Keep Silent.
"We may not be forgottenby
the folks on the outside," I of
fered. '
"Forgotten or despised, what
difference does it make? I left
many there. They were powerful.
They should have won a pardon
tor me." He looked at me with a
troubled suspense. "Al, do you
think I am guilty?"
"No, Bill. I'd bank on you any
Thanks. I've got one friend
anyway. I'm glad they let me
alone. I do not wish .to be in
debted to anyone. I am the mas
ter of mv own fate. If I bungled
jny course and got myself here, j
then all right. When I gei ou
I will be under an obligation to
Many of those friends would
today hold it their highest honor
to have aided O. Henry when he
was just Bill Porter the convict.
If anvone ever interested himself
in Bill, he did not seem to know
of it.
"I haven't much longer to stay
here, colonel how many con
tracts do you suppose there'll be
to give out?"
"Oh. quite a few. Why?"
"There might be some way of
escape for us."
"Yes. your way out is to feath
er your own nest and keep your
trap shut. Take another swig."
Convicts Klarca
To Irion liogues.
After that there were many
glasses of wine many fingers of
whiskey many long conversa
tions after the 9 o'clock lights
were out. Porter gave in, van
quished, but the surrender sagged
at him like an ugly worm biting
incessantly at his heart. He tried
to keep the bids, secret; he fought
to give the contract to the lowest
man. He would be asked to show
the bids. He was a mere piece of
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Lenses are the vital
parts of your glasses.
On them alone you de
pend for utility.
---The importance of
grinding lenses to meet
Your Individual re
quirements is rated so
high by us that we
have a Complete Me
chanical Department
for this work.
For this same reason
we are also able to du
plicate any broken lens
the same day.
Step in and we will be
glad to show you this
interesting process of
lens grinding.
Eyesight Specialists
204-211 Salem Bank of
Commerce Building
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furniture in the office. He had
to do as he was told and without
"The dirty scoundrels." he
would say to me.
"Pay no attention to it, I
would advise. "Honesty is not
the best policy in prison. Don't
let It worn you."
"Of course I will not worry
over it. we are notning but
slaves to their roguery."
Even so. Porter and I had tre
mendous power in letting out the
contracts. The wealthy thieves
who profited at the expense of
the state and two helpless con
victs sent us cases of the choicest
wines. They sent us cigars and
canned delicacies, as tokens of
their esteem. We kept the con
traband in the postoffice and
many a stolen feast Billy and
Porter and I enjoyed.
Carrion Delivered
As Prime Beef.
I had nothing to do with the
letting of the contracts, but the
acceptance of the supplies was
within the province of the war
den's office. I knew the horrible
starvation forced on the men in
the main dining room. The mem
ory of my first meal there with
the maggots floating in the stew
gravy and the flies drowned in
the molasses filled me with nau
sea every time I passed, the klteh
en. ':
I made up my mind for one
thing - if towering prices
were paid for meat, I would at
least insist that the supply
brought to the prison be whole
"You can do that," Porter said.
"The warden will bear you out on
it. We can have that much satis
faction, anyway."
When the first consignment
came under the new contract. 1
went down to look at It. Pre
pared as I was tor cheap substl
tutes, I was not ready for tht
snocKing spectacle before roe as
the rotten stuff was shouldered
out of the wagon.
"Put it back." I yelled. Breath
less and fighting mad I reached
the warden's office.
"They're unloading a lot of
stinking, tainted meat down at the
butcher shop. Files wouldn't
crawl in it. It's so rotten. It's
an outrage. We've given the high
est price ever quoted on the face
of fhe earth for meat and they've
brought us In a load of carrion.
What shall I do about It?"
Batcher Taught to
Send Fair rale.
do, Colonel, If yon should get
"I will walk up to the first man
I see on the street and I will say
to him. "I'm an ex-con Just got
out of the pen. If you don't like
It. go to hell." (I did that very
thing some years later.)
Porter burst out laughing. It
was the first time I had ever heard
him laugh outright. It seemed to
come bubbling and singing up
from his throat like a rich, sonor
ous tune.
"I would give a great deal for
your arrogant Independence. I
wonder if I will regret my plan?"
I don't believe he ever did, even
on the black day in New York
when he all but admitted he could
endure the suspense no longer.
(Continued next week.)
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They are made by the Western Rubber Company at Tacoma, Wash. A new
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They are building a quality hand made tire, using a higher percentage of pure
rubber, and the very, best quality of fabric and cords. The quality is much more
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Thev are built to stand our Wpst pm rnarle firtfi from not imAninlj nn.!..
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Insist on your next tire being a Sound Tire.
If your dealer is not a Sound T1r
earnestly solicit your patronage. .
We make our own adjustments and guarantee satisfaction.
salem; oregon;
John D. Wells, author or
Rhymes of Our Home Folks."
does not mind a joke on himself.
"It is difficult to: remember
all the children of one's own pen."
he epxlalned. "I've written
a verse a day for 15 years and of
tentimes a forgotten one comes
home to childe. Not long ago my
little", daughter Annette came
home from school reciting a bit
of verse.
" 'Did your teacher waste your
time memorizing that verse?' I
asked.' '
" Yes. father
"'Well. Ifa doggerel: It has
neither rhyme nor reason, and
yon may tell your teacher your
father said so.'
"The next evening at dinner
my little daughter said:
" 'I told my teacher what you
said, father that my rhyme was
" Well I asked, 'what did she
" 'She said. "Your father ought
to know. He wrote if."
The warden turned a white,
startled race toward me.
'"What's this, what's this?" his
voice sounded seared and faint to
m' He started pacing the floor.
"It's a shame, warden, the men
are being starved. The beans are
so old and withered and only fam
ished men would besmirch them
selves with that meat. We could
at least require common whole
someness." "That's right, yes, that's right.
You say the meat is absolutely
tainted? Send It back. Write to
them and tell them we demand
good fare."
I made the letter strong enough
to ring true. I Informed thn
wholesalers that the Ohio Peni
tentiary paid rirst class prices. It
demanded first class produce. The
meat we got after that was coarse
but It was fresh and clean.
I used; this one authorization
from the warden again and again
to sena back stufr. The contract
ors came to realize that the prison
was no longer a garbage can for
their spoiled supplies. They round
it cheaper to send in a medium
gratfe in the beginning.
What In Tn on
Leaving Prison.
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iuu ire coma io see mere are
worse things in the world. Bill
man an ex-convtct," I suggested
to Porter when I told him about
the tainted meat. "When you get
out will you brazen out their pre
judice or win you keep to yout old
resolution 7"
i-oner naa about four months
more to serve. We kept a calen
nar ana every night we would
Btrme oil another dav. It u
melancholy thing to feel the sepa
ration coming uaily nearer
separation mat will be as final
ana ancompromisfng as death We
Ulked indifferently, almost "flip
pantly at this time because we
were so deeply touched.
- i nave not changed. I will
keep my word. .What would you
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treatment, which is
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For the blood, stomach, liver and
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3Iore Than Tills
While it purifies, vitalizes and en
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A word to the wise is sufficient.
For a mild, effective laxative.
or active cathartic, take Hood's
Spiring Mer
Arriving Daily
Every Express brings new spring mercnanaise and u
rapidlvfas possible we are placing these new creations on
sale. Every pattern will more than merit your inspection
Clever Designs in Suits
Every suit in this new showing is an expression of indi
viduality. Some long coat models, some short, and wide
range between; bewitching (embroidery effects; some
with button trimming; with or without belts.
$22.50 to $45.00
In The Newest Millinary
The new hats include some of the most beautifully
trimmed satins both with plain colors and the more
fancy. ; Both large and small models are being worn
this ycir and We have a good selection of both.
$3.98 to $8.50
Oar Prices Always Tlie Lowest
Gale & Company
Court and Commercial Street . Formerly Chicago Store
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I Thursday Feb. 17
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Your inspection solicited
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