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at a in a MARY M'ELROY TAKES APPEAL TO GOV. PARK (Continued From Page One) ter McGee has no legal means of escaping the gallows. I hope and believe that this.has served to warn men like him that kidnaping is a serious and dangerous crime to contemplate. "And. now, may we consider this as a private case? As the victim, I am appealing to you: furthermore, I am appealing on behalf of the victim as well as'that of her captor. I assure you that Walter McGee's sentence has hung as heavily over me as over him. "Through punishing a guilty man, his victim will be made to suffer equally. He would even have this advantage: He would not have to think about his execution. afterwards. In pleading for Walter McGee's life, I am pleading for my own peace of mind. "I do not forget the suffering this has brought in many ways to many other people. Walter McGee's death will not erase nor ease the suffering. Rather, I believe the mercy shown him, and the feeling of warmth and hope that any act of mercy brings, will serve as a balm to us all.''