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  • April 12, 1914

  • That favorite emotional actress, Margaret Illington, in "Within the Law," the reigning dramatic sensation of the year in both New York and London, will be seen here on April 17 at the Page.
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  • That favorite emotional actress, Margaret Illington, in "Within the Law," the reigning dramatic sensation of the year in both New York and London, will be seen here on April 17 at the Page.
    "Within the Law" tells in simple, sincere fashion a wonderfully realistic story of a good girl's struggle in the underworld that moves the least impressionable in spite of themselves. May Turner, the heroine (Miss Illington), is an attractive young woman who early in her career as a working girl is falsely accused of theft in the large dry goods emporium where she is employed. She vehemently declares her innocence, but the greed-obsessed hypocrite who employs her, and the judge before whom she is tried, insists she should be made to stand as an example to all other shopgirls similarly tempted. She, therefore, is sentenced to serve three years in prison.
    When released she seeks honorable employment. During her incarceration she had made use of the prison library and has become educated. She seeks and finds many positions, but in each instance she is hounded by the police, until, finally she announces that so long as society refuses to be satisfied with the debt she has paid for a crime she did not commit, and refuses to accept her as anything but a thief, a thief she will be — but she will do her thieving "Within the Law."
    She will, in her own original way, play the game of the millionaire lawbreakers who literally break the law under the law's protection. Matching her wits and courage against the brutality of the police, she develops into a woman of ingenuity and daring who preys upon society at will and defies punishment by employing the intricacies of the law to safeguard her questionable ventures. She also avenges herself on the canting hypocrite who sent her to prison when she was innocent, almost breaking her heart, through his son and heir, whom she lures into marriage. Mary Turner's ultimate attainment of the position in the world to which she is entitled furnishes the play with its motive and the development of the theme of "Within the Law" provides a series of real surprises that are nerve-gripping in their dramatic intensity.
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