National Affairs: Factory

Last week newspapers paid a debt to crime. It is one of their greatest news assets but seldom do editors have a chance to say nice things about men who have committed crimes.

The subject, and beneficiary, of last week's articles was one Joseph ("Jake") Pensendorfer. The press "discovered" him at the head of a woodworking factory near Camden, N. J. He and his 15 employes are all ex-convicts.

At the turn of the century, in Philadelphia, Joseph Pensendorfer was sentenced to hang for the murder of his father-in-law who had attacked his wife....

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