RADICALS: Unthinkable

Her ancestors really did come over in the Mayflower; Her uncle (the late Stephen J. Field) was an associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court (1863-97). She had devoted most of her life to welfare work and during some 52 years had failed to exhibit anything in the nature of criminal tendencies. Yet last week it required a pardon from Governor C. C. Young of California to save Charlotte Anita Whitney from an indeterminate sentence of from 1 to 14 years in the San Quentin prison.

For, in 1919, Miss Whitney was arrested in Oakland after having defied civic authorities...

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