In San Quentin prison in California, Harry Garbutt of Chicago sat in the death cell awaiting the noose which was scheduled to end his life that morning for the murder of Mrs. Dorothy Lee Hunn in Pasadena in September, 1924.

Garbutt's attorney, who had fought the case to the last ditch, had "one last desperate hope" to save his client by an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court on a technicality. He had sent the particulars of his appeal by letter to a deputy clerk of...

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