Governor Walter Garland, a conscientious executive, receives a complaint from a committee of reformers that the convicts in the state prison are subjected to inhuman treatment. The governor decides to investigate, and accordingly goes to his friend, Judge Howe, requesting the latter to have him arrested under a fictitious name, and sentenced to five years' imprisonment, then, after thirty days have passed, release him on a writ of habeas corpus, thus permitting the governor to investigate the prisons without the officials being aware of his presence. The governor's last executive act is the pardoning of Pete Brown, a lifer, whose attorney, James McDonald, is the governor's personal friend. The plan works well, no one knowing of the arrangement except the judge and the governor himself. Within a short time, the absence of Governor Garland creates a sensation. No one knows his whereabouts and the papers feature the fact that the twenty-fifth of June is the date set for Governor ...
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