The New York Times (New York, New York) 11 May 1912 Page 10

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11 May 1912  Page 10 - DfflERS TO DARKNESS HEAR A THIEF SPEAK Still In...
DfflERS TO DARKNESS HEAR A THIEF SPEAK Still In Business, H Says, Unre- Unre- r generate, Thous'a Broker, After Term in JaJL r THRILL FOrV TWILIGHT CLUB In "Society and the Thief "-Discus. "-Discus. "-Discus. ten Society , Fares Badly In the Speech Unseen ex-Conv4cU ex-Conv4cU ex-Conv4cU -. -. : , ' s..-;-.. s..-;-.. s..-;-.. s..-;-.. On hundred and fifty oumbm of the Twilight Club had as a appetiser for their dinner last evening1 at the Aldlne Club the promise that when the discus slo should follow. tb Ice and macaroons and coffee, the genera? topic, Society and the TbleV would be enlivened PJ the discourses of two men, who knew what it wu to break the laws and do time bo kind prison walls. They the members of the Twilight Club and their ruestwr 8odety. The other two were Thieves, or rather, had been. . The promUed thrill oamo shortly altar the coffee, when, with the Introduction by Moses Oppenhelmerv the toaatmister, th lights wero suddenly extinguished. There was a shiver of anticipation, a gradually lessening- lessening- clatter of cups and rpoona, a subsiding or whispers and he rustle of gown a And then, out of th darkness came a man's vole, faltering- faltering- at first, and to in more . and mora confident. confident. . Tbo voice was a little rough. . The speech was racy with prison Wnao. Th story was -n -n of crime ana unre-pentance. unre-pentance. unre-pentance. It was the brief autobiography of on "who had turned burglar in his early years, bad been sent to Jail more than once, and who was now a broker, selling stocks for his living downtown. "I am not In. to brokerage business because I've turned honest, and don't you think it." be said as though be were shaking an unregenerate f loser at the reformers reformers listening In th darkened room. 1 am tn it because it's safe. It's every bit as dishonest as the stuff I Sated to pull and for which they locked me up. But this Is within the law. . Every kind of stealing Isn't against the law. . There ar plenty of thieves at large, my friends, and let me tell you that the man who steals his stuff across a handsome .- .- roll-top roll-top roll-top mahogany - desk ought to take off his hat to the man who goes out and holds up bis man with an unloaded sun. 80 th ex-convlct' ex-convlct' ex-convlct' greeted th TwUlght Club. He was ther because be was under heavy obligation to on of th club members who had asked mm to com. He was there in th darkness, because he proposed to speak frankly and be did not propose .to b Known. 1 Speaks Bitterly f Reformers, H spoke bitterly enough of the way In which society receives th criminal whan he leaves' prison. Flrsi cam temptation to a poor boy In early youth. Then prison. and in prison the association with many criminals, and not only that but the as sociation with grafting prison officials. There was nothing but' crime on every side, and upon release a world that re pelled and distrusted. He anew or no efficacious reform fores ' In operation. None bad reached him. He had mended bis ways for expediency. - "And I don't want your sympathy. I don't want your charity," be said, by Way of a parting shot. . - j The other ex-eomrlct ex-eomrlct ex-eomrlct who mad an after-dinner after-dinner after-dinner speech for th asembied Twilight Twilight Club was described as -Preacher -Preacher Joe," who spoke in the biasing light of all th chandeliers. For b baa reformed, ard his talk was all of salvation. ' H t jld them how, after be was released from prison, he had gone on night to a mission mission where services were In progress. He went becaue h was very cold and very hungry. They wer singing there, and 'the hymn that, they sang was the hymn that bad been sung at bis mother's funeral. It was "Abide with Me." - And that song In th mission marked th turning point In th life of " Preacher Joe." It was twenty years ago, and h has been an honest man ever since, devoted devoted to society and every inch an evangelist. evangelist. But he shared the opinion of bis brother that society was not cordial enough to th man who comes out of JaiL The forces for reform and rescue wer in-articulate in-articulate in-articulate compared with tb forces for temptation. . - - , . "The lights, tn front of the 'rescue homes are not half so bright as th lights that shine In front of tb saloons," said f Preacher Joe." . When thee two men had gone again to the side room, rrora wnicn tney wer usn red Into th dining hall, other speakers of greater note, talked on Society and the Thlef." These wer Reta Child Porr, Rose Pastor Stokes. Assistant District District Attorney Fzank Moss, and Xlagl-rat Xlagl-rat Xlagl-rat Jierbert. " - -. -. ,t v , . , i ' ....... v. ' Rertev Lelce4 Owl,! ; ! Tb reporters who task tt was to chronicle the events of tho dinner last evening wer forced -to -to do so as beet they could without attending. Invitations originally extended to' th press were withdrawn as th dinner drew near, for th nrelinalnary accounts ox the members and guests planning to "din with crooks" had produceo no mue aiarm among nm irmS,n at tfc Twillcht Club. The thought that tt might he traatsa sensationally was an unwelcome one. Sev eral members vowed it wouldn't d at all. C. C. BurllAKham said It wouldn't do at alL President Scott Foster of tb People's Bank said it woman i no at au. oo tn reoorters wer not admitted. You see." explained Edward r. wane in behalf of th TwUlght Club. " It seemed as if there were danger of this presence of the ex-crooks ex-crooks ex-crooks being made the principal feature of th evening; whereas, tn reality. reality. It was only an incident. Ther wer asked her to add tnetr testimony tor the sake or its sctenuno value and not cause or any morbid curiosity on our part.. Pray understand that." ' Th banishing of to reporters was not In time to save on nam on th list of speakers. A Judg was. to have spoken, they had his acceptance In fvritlng, and then be withdrew at the lest moment because because it was suspected he feared th no toriety. The dinner last evening was only one or a senes on unm and th causes of Crime CATCHES 'FLY HIT BY AUTO, Mrs. H. R. Chambers Ha Injured tfy nusnea to rtospitai in ner car. Arthur Friedman. S years old, stepped back to catch a " fly while playing baseball baseball In Eighty nil xtH Street, near Corambas Avenue,-, Avenue,-, Avenue,-, yesterday afternoon, and was struck and run over bv an automobile owned by Hilary R. Chambers, President of the National Fire and Marine Insurance Company, who lives at 81 West Seventy first SIm.1 . ' The car oassed over th bov'sriaht le. which was broken. Mrs. Chambers, who was In th car. told the chauffeur to place the bov tn the car and drive to the J. Hood Wright Hospital. On the way they picked up Policeman Cook of the West 100th Street Station to explain -the -the accident accident to him. At the hospital Mrs. Chambers Chambers anked that the tad receive the best of care. He lives at out Columbus Avenue. a

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