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   Centralia Weekly Chronicle (Newspaper) - February 1, 1911, Centralia, Washington                             1 Week! OBMTRALIA, WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, IN MORTAL TERROR, FLEES DOWN AVErrtJE Pursued By Officers of State Training School, She Seeks Refuge in Daily Chronicle Office Collapses At Sight of Sleuths No. 13. WOULD RATHER DIE THAN SPEND ANOTHER NIGHT AT REFORMATORY -4 Woman Over Eighteen Years of Age, With No Offense Either Moral or Legal Recorded Against Her, Seeks to Escape Imprisonment for the Crime of Being An Orphan January. 2 8. An example of methods at th State Training School Cheholi wajs brought home to a number o Centrnlln citizens this morning In manner that makes the blood boll, Mildred Banning, an inmate of th school committed there from Belling ham because she was an orphan an had no home, and whose commltt ment was secured without any charge ever having J6een made against her and without her having ever been called before any court, has for sev eral months been employed in one o: the best hoiusc In Central In, of course being on Her conduct there has been above reproach. A few days ago further need ol her employment in this home ceased. Arrangements were made for her (o return to the Training School and al- so to distract the statement that she would again be paroled. She had been so frightfully beaten there, ac- cording to her statements, that she would rather die than go back there for even one night. She Is one of the girls whose beatings have already been described In the Chronicle. She Is one of four girls who, according to her statement, were confined for one week In a dungeon which Is just fifty-two Inches so small none of the girls could He down. They took turns in sitting on enrti other's laps nnd in that way spent n week on n diet of bread and water. she feared to return to the institution. On the expect- ed to RO back, she cnmc to the Chronicle oflloe seeking advice. The editor of the Chronicle advised her to place her case before Judge A. K. Rice of the superior court, at the and her eyes sought the room for same time explaining to him that she had an opportunity to'go to work in a very good place, fhe jmlge told her that BO long as she behaved her- self and had a place to work, it was not necessary for her to return to the State Training School. She ask- ed him, if she should tell the officers of the school where was going to work, and it is understood he told her such was the only thing necessary was for her to conduct herself in proper manner. She Informed Judge llice that she was gomg work% to the Annex Cafe, which is conducted by Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Xorthup, who have lived In Ccntralia for years, and whose reputations and that of their place if business ore the very best. The girl at work there this when she learned that  fficc. She was ureathli-KH ttshcd wnat thcse Instructions wem iifllee. She was breathless and I rembllng wish fear. Perspiration "ml they also were tood out on her face In great bends, i OW" I'usines. aticrn after she had been told by at- torneys and by the editors of the Chronicle that it was for her to de- cide; that if she was willing to re- turn to the school, very well; but thnt if she did not wish to go, she should resist going and thnt her rights would be protected by recourse to law. Rader was informed that the girl was acting under the direction of the judge of the superior court of lewis County in refusing to go back to the if she did not wish to. leaving the woman to watch the girl, Rader withdrew. back and reported that he hod been in communication, with.the jsherift ofld the prosecuting attorney and that they would see to it that the girl was taken back to the school. By use of the telephone it was learned immedi- ately that Rader was lying. Rader then the use of the fele- I'hone to talk with Superintendent Asplnwall, at the Training School. As soon as he got Asplnwall on the 'Delinquency" Is Charged Against Mildred Manning in Effort to Again Get Her in Their Clutches -Taken From Work at Annex Cafe This Afternoon HOW CHARGED WITH BEING A MINOR January 30. Mildred Maiming, aged eighteen years and seven months, who was an which not appear upon any of the statutes of the state. If "delinquency" is sent to the State Training School for discovered to be an offense pimtoh- being an orphan, and who In the last able by a term in the State Training two or three days has been harassed School, the Chronicle will have a and hounded by officers of the State new method of proceeding against Training School, who, without giving delinquent subscribers, and the fact any good reason have been seeking that they are of mature years will ;o return her to the school, apparent- j make no difference either, y because she has been making dam-1 In connection with securing the aging statements regarding the in- {warrant a most scandalous story was stitution, was still at liberty at noon I circulated against the girl's charae- today. After j story the falsity of which Sa- much needed rest over, perintendent Asplnwall now admits. Sunday, she was back at her work at he Annex Cafe today. It was rum- ored Saturday night that a wajraht lad been issued for her arrestLbut, ui .jnenaus, he rumor could not be verified. placed Mildred Hanning under arrest This morning it was learned that took her to Chehalis to the court warrant had been issued from the jot Justice Westover. He was At o'clock this afternoon Deputy Sheriff Vaughn, of his inns of mortal terror could not nve been greater had she shrieked. He was then told thnt if he chose to uppish in the matter, that he Remeralier Mint her terror was would be shown where he gat off. He because she was being pur- j wns nskcd what authority he could ued by officers of a state Institution, show that he was as he represented Rememlicr also that there Is no rec- himself to He had nothing to rd that In all her life she has ever I show. ehnrged vrj.h having committed ny violation of either the legal or lorn law. RememlK-r thnt never in I nad In ,he telephone had kept busr, up line, he proceeded to misrepresent things by saying that the Chronicle force would not let him take the girl giving Asplnwall to understand that physical resistance had been offered. He was promptly informed by the editors of the Chronicle that he was lying, and the eiact situation was al- so explained to Asplnwall by one tit the editors of the Chronicle. The two officers then withdrew leaving the irirl. They remarked that the Chron- !e iico.nlp waaia sec them later. Shortly after they left Judsje Rice -esponded to the Ion? distance tele- nhonc call which had been placed for him. nnd was informed of the situa- tion. The nffair in the Chronicle office et- ourt of Justiee-of-the-Peace West- tremely courteous In the matter and over Saturday. Judge WestoVef this performed the unpleasant duty re- morning seriously considered with- luctantly. It is understood now that rawing the warrant, but this after- j. the charge has been shifted and that oon stated that he had decided to. now her offense is "being a minor et it stand. The warrant calls for When the two officers from tho her to be brought Into his court, and Training School came to the Chronl- he states that he will immediately cle office Saturday to take the girl turn her over to the superior court, back with them, they admitted that This warrant is presumably in the she had given Tier correct age as ge as hands of officers of the Training eighteen years and seven months at School but there Is no authority in the same time claiming they had the law for her .to be taken by them to right to keep her until she is nlne- the Training School until she has teen years old. They also stated first been taken before the court there was no charge of ill-conduct from which the warrant was Issued, against her. It is now claimed she JThe warrant charges her with "de- is only seventeen years old willing to make her own i layers, two, of whom came to tho In nn honest way. Remember Chronicle pfHrc.. Rader later stated "ith  arlnK for another onslouKht. are pre- statements. Perhaps she will retract now; and perhaps she will not. In tho pres- ence of the officers yesterday she In- sisted she had toM the truth. When she was arrested yesterday she wns taken to tho sheriff's office. There officers of the Training School her being eighteen years ami months old, that she Is only seven- teen years nnd some months of ago although the two Training Sciuio officers who attempted to tnko ho away Saturday supported her In nn contention thnt slio Is over eighteen years old. Thoy also supported her contention thAt.uo charge of miscon- duct on her part had ever boon made against her. An examination of her commitment papers, however, showed that nt least on tho face of thlngH, sho had boon rngulnrly com- wero In waiting, and she was Ukou mlttod' from tho superior court to the-school without over bo- Wnatcom county.   

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