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Twelve TIMES PHONE 6101 M'GEE SENTENCE CHANGED TO LIFE Gov. Park Heeds Girl's .;. Pleas, Saves Kidnaper From Gallows . - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 27 (JP) Dark - eyed Mary McElroy, who resigned herself to death when kid - iaaped for $30,000 exactly two years ago, succeeded today In saving her febductor, Walter McGee, from execution on the gallows. Gov. Guy B. Park, heeding the tearful plea of the attractive young woman, commuted McGee's sentence to life imprisonment only four days before the stocky kid - jiaper was scheduled to become the .first person in the United States to hang for the offense, w Thus, as a new kidnaping mystery deepened on the Pacific coas.t was brought to an end here one of the strangest cases of the kind the nation has seen. 'Big Load Off Girl's Mind' ,"This is a big load off my mind," the 27 - year - old victim who had no desire for revenge sighed when told of the commutation at the home of her father, City Manager H. F. McElroy, in Kansas City. r"Now maybe I can enjoy a good night's sleep." , v. McGee first was sentenced to hang May 10. Governor Park granted a stay to May 31 after Miss McElroy visited the governor and pleaded for McGee's life "for my own peace of mind."' The heavy - browed McGee, who led three companions in kidnaping Miss McElroy May 27, 1933 and holding her chained to a dungeonlike basement wall for 29 hours, was slouched in his death cell at Kansas City when the news was carried to him today. "The governor couldn't have given me a better birthday present," he shouted. McGee will be 30 years old tomorrow. . Relating her experiences after the kidnaping, the comely victim said that "at no time did I expect to be returned alive. It appeared the best thing to hope for was quick death." But today, happy over the commutation, she said she planned to continue helping the kidnapers. To Aid Kidnapers "I believe I have done all I could for Walter McGee," whose brother, George, another of the kidnapers, is serving a life sentence in state j penitentiary here, Miss McElroy said. She announced, however, that she plans to "get a job" for Clarence Click, third member of the gang who is serving eight years, when he is freed. Clarence Stevens, fourth kidnaper, still is at large. Giving his decision, Governor Park said he was "not convinced that the hanging of this man would prevent kidnaping any more than that the hanging of a murderer will prevent further murders. He added he was convinced that McGee "received a sentence which he would not have received under I Stories n I stamps! By i S ' 9 Parting Troublesome TwiNwT fSCHlESWIG If jKjtV TbJtjtG "'V II." V flSICIDMA.N'V I" ONG the battle ground between 'he Danes and the Germans, the two duchies of Schleswtg and Hoi - stein, lying between Denmark and Germany, have finally parted and taken sides with two differing nations. This event took place in 1920, when a plebiscite decreed by the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 returned the southern zone of this land to Germany, while the northern zone, as outlined by the conference, voted to go to Denmark. This finally settled the long - debated ques - mi - m'riliri 'ion over the sov. iereignty of this district. ! On the occasion of the plebiscite, a series of stamps as issued, one alue of which is shown here. (Copyright, 135. XEA Service, Inc. door", t ltWKWSj s( gsaiiEaiiK j w NEXT: What is the the Orient? 2 MORE CHISELERS IN WESTMORELAND GREENSBURG, May 27 (? - Arrest of two more persons in Westmoreland county's drive against alleged "chiselers" of relief funds was announced today by the office of District Attorney Richard D. Laird. Fourteen have been arrested since Thursday, when a campaign to purge the relief rolls was started. Taken into custody today were Charles Griffith, 53, of Mt. Pleasant, and Andrew Adam, of Hecla. Both were held for court for hear ings, and provided bond for their appearance. Against Griffith was the charge that he, accepted $202.43 in relief while working as a coal miner for which he received an average wage of $90 a month. Adam was charged with accepting $421.62 in relief funds while having $2,000 in the postal savings bank. normal conditions of & calm state of public mind." Miss McElroy has been under severe mental strain. Last February .10, she slipped out of her home, boarded a bus and was not found until the bus had reached Normal, 111.

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 28 May 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 12

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