July 17, 1907


Men Who Wrongfully Use Other
Men's Names Must Hereafter
Expatriate Their Offenses
According to the Law.

"Hereafter I am not going to parole men who have been convicted of or have pleaded guilty to forgery, unless there are unusual mitigating circumstances," said Judge W. H. Wallace of the criminal court yesterday afternoon, as he granted a parole to Carroll A. Kirch, sentenced to two years in the penitentiary for forgery in the third degree.

"Forgery is a cold-blooded crime and the man who commits it is thoroughly bad. A man may steal a loaf of bread or commit an assault with but little previous thought. Good men often break the law hastily.

"But before a man can commits a forgery he must sit down and study whose name he is going to forge, who he can get to advance him money on the crime and what bank he will draw the paper on. A forger is of necessity a calculating criminal, and men of that character should not be paroled."

Kirch secured what promises to be the last parole granted to a forger in Judge Wallace's court through the efforts of his wife.

Whe Kirch went to jail his wife took service as a domestic in the home of a Kansas City preacher. She was able, through interesting the preacher in her husband's case, to get the indorsement of practically all of the congregation on his application for a parole. Judge Wallace made the parole conditional upon Kirch staying on the "water wagon" and providing for his wife and children.