MERVINE, Templeton; Pardoned

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circulation this addition doubt not put re- the artistic, special his ot MERVINE PARDONED Seven and One-Half Years of Sentence Sentence Cut Off By Board. On Tuesday of this week, E. M. Pennell, Esq., presented to the Board of Pardons in Harrisburg the application application of Templeton Mervine of this place, tor pardon, and, on the same day, petition met with the approval o f " that board, and Mervine is restored to liberty. The reasons assigned in the petition petition were: first, that the sentence was unusual, excessive and out of proportion to the offense committed; second, that the defendant had already already suffered punishment sufficient to atone for the offense; and third, the dependent character of Mervine's wife and four little children. This petition was supported by letters from a number of the most prominent prominent and influential people of the community, and the action of the board in pardoning the prisoner will be met with general commendation. On the night of December 23, 1904, the smoke-house at the Waverly Hotel was entered and two small hams , two flitches and a roll of butter were stolen. The same evening five plugs of tobacco and several pounds of candy were stolen from grocery store of the late John O. Smith. The following morning search warrants were sworn out and the goods found at Mervine's home. The defendant had been drinking and made no attempt to conceal the stolen goods or to escape the responsibility responsibility for his crime. He waived a hearing, was committed to jail, and, on the 16th of January, 1905, plead guilty to two indictments charging him with stealing goods of the value of $23. The following day the court imposed a sentence isi the two cases of ten years in the Western Penitentiary. Penitentiary. At the time the offense was committed, Mervine was living with his wife and three children, the oldest oldest nine years of age, in the West ward of Bedford borough, and two days before he was sentenced to penitentiary the fourth child came to the home. The wife has kept the family together by means of her earnings over the washtub ancl contributions contributions from friends, and the children children of sufficient age have received the benefit of training in the public schools and in one of the Sunday schools in the town. At the time the sentence of ten years was imposed, every person conversant with the facts was surprised at its severity. The prisoner made no complaint and his record-at Allegheny Allegheny has been a model for obedience obedience to the rules of the institution. Templeton Mervine's weakness has been that of most, of the men fill our prisons, an over-indulgence in intoxicating drinks. Except for a spree, it is probable that the crimes for which he was incarcerated would not have been committed. He is a competent house painter, and now, that he has been restored to his and children, it is hoped that he appreciate their faithfulness a^d devotion devotion in the time of his trouble the good will shown him by the who brought about his pardon. He is and can be a highly useful when not under the influence of liquor, and has a useful future if will but shun evil companions and abstain from intoxicants of all kinds. His misfortune is an example for all young men. Indulgence in the liquor habit invariably leads to sorrow sorrow and shame. There is no middle course for the young man who be safe. He must totally abstain or perpetually run the gauntlet. The Gazette congratulates him his pardon and wishes for him a prosperous and useful life in the bosom of his family. For him, is a demon, and indulgence, even moderate form, is an invitation for trouble. A a

Clipped from Bedford Gazette12 Jul 1907, FriPage 4

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania)12 Jul 1907, FriPage 4
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