National Affairs: The Retort Courteous

Recently, the Women's Christian Temperance Union of San Antonio and "the Methodist women of the Panhandle" criticized their Governess. They said she had issued too many pardons to prisoners.

Mrs. Ferguson replied: "I want to inform these Methodist ladies from the Panhandle who are condemning me that modern thought along reformation lines unanimously favors the idea of pardons if such action is founded upon justice and humanity."

She pointed out that she had issued 353 pardon proclamations in three months, of which 76 were full pardons, 126 conditional pardons, 36 restorations of citizenship. She continued:

"Again the record will show that of these 353...

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