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AMERICAN BALRASSOCIATION "
ATTACKS THE COURT-MARTIAL
Washington, -Jan. 21.-President
George T. Page of the American Bar
association has thrown a bombshell
into the general staff with his vigor
ous.denunciation, at the annual
meeting of the executive council of
the association in New York city or
Jan. 3, , of he cruel had .excessiv
punfshnietitq. 4etfd d6t by .jilitar,
courts-xtiartlhal tdo American .oldter:
during the past year and a half.
For when Mr. Page, as spokesmax
for the most conservative legal groul
in the country, declared publicly tha;
"the war has revealed that our mili
tary laws and our system of admin
istering military justice are un
worthy the name of law or justice,'
lie shattered the almost incurable
complacency of the general staff b,
revealing a solid public resentment
of which the military mind has hith
erto been blissfully ignorant.
Congress has now taken up the
matter. Senator Chamberlain---whi
had some indignant words to say oL.
the same subject the other day--i'
now gathering material to back up
his demand for a thorough investiga
tion into the sentence meted out to
the volunteers and drafted men for
trifling infractions of discipline.
Those who know of cases where nmet
have been railroaded to the peniten
ilary by the army authorities for trif
ling offenses, 'ought to forward th<
facts to Senator Chamberlain, or
their own senators, without delay.
tip on the hill it is believed that at
investigation of all the sentence:
will be ordered. Some predict that
before congress gets through certair
high military reputations will be
blasted forever and that the reac
tionary articles of war will be over
hauled to make them more dento
cratic and abreast of the more en
lightened military codes of France.
England and Belgium.
President Page's references to the
atrocities. of military law were in
full as follows:
"This war has demonstrated that
our military laws and our system of
administrating military justice are
unworthy of the name of law or jus
tice. We are still following rules
and forms copied from England in
1774, which were long ago aban
doned by Great Britain and. which
were better suited to the armies of
feudal times than to the citizen ar
ilies of a modern republic.
"My interest in this matter way
aroused some time ago by stories of
outrageous punishments meted out
by our court-martials for coinpari
tively slight breaches of military dis
cipline. Punishments are not only
grossly -harsh, as compared with the
penalities imposed for like offense.'
by our criminal courts, but they also
differ so widely that we find the same
offense punished in one court-martial
by 25 years in the penitentiary and
in anothlr by six months' punish
ment in disciplinary barracks.
"A boy overstaying his leave or
yielding to a natural i mpultee to go
hotile foi Chrlstmas 1k charged not
with 'absence without leave' but with
desertion. Disobedience of orders is
:,-on by a zealous officer as mutlin:,'.
In neither case is there present the
orert" Get Down to Brass Tacks!
DEMONSTRATE to the masters, who Y DOING THIS you will prove your
use their power to starve you and strength and learn what further tactics
your families whenever it suits their vicious to pursue in order to gain all which you
purposes, that you are not only the most desire'and which you are entitled to as the
numerous, but the strongest and most pow- men and women who compose the useful
erful class in society. You can begin by portion of society. Get your neck bowed.
reading only your own newspaper. Buy The big war is over, the big struggle is now
only of stores which advertise in your on and you can win if you are determined
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intent to desert or to mutiny against
the authority of the army, but boys
have been convicted of the gravcl
crime and sentenced to as much a"
25 years' imtti-isontmenit.
"The iiacCtlt soldier has no real
'egpl protection. ie imay, it is truie,
)btain a pat~dano from the. resi4ent
utit this leav\es, his record blotted: .
Sse'rious crime of w\hioll ,oughl-t
lever to. have bieen accused.
"A young sodlier, charged with
turglary, was acqnlitttd by the coulit
nartial which tried hiul. -The conu
nanlting officer whio appointed the
'ourt disapproved tlh finding of 'not
:uilty' :tand ordt red the court tti r-
7onsider the icase. Thbyv did so and
promptly foiuld a verdict of 'guilty'
mnd sentence·l the boy to 15 years
mprisonment. \Vhat would ie
hought of power vested in the gov
l'llOr (if a state to set aside a verdict
of 'not guilty' and order a retrial in
a criminal case? It is funtdamental
to our principlel' of right and justice
that no one shoultl have the p0owcer
to interferce with a verdict of 'niot
"A boy of 16.. who had just been
discharged from Ithe hospital after
an attack of influltenza, instead of bhe
ing allowed the lusual five days to
"ecuperation, was set to scrubbino
citchen floors and to guard duty. He
-'rotested he was not strong enougl
o do this work. nevertheless he h\a:
Continued on guard diuty for a long
pr period than usual. In this condi
ion he was taketn with a chill, well
o his tent to get his overcoat ant
while there sat down on the edge o!
his cot. He was caught with his heat
in his hands and was accused of be
ing asleep while on duty. Thougl
he denied that he was asleep and as
,erted that he only yielded to over
powering fatigue, he was conviclt.
by court martial and sentenced to 2.
years in the penitentiary.
Decency Versus Capitalism.
If capitalism had its way it woutl
cause an upheaval in this country.
Its rabid and insane notion of the
way to settle any difficulty or solve
any problem is by the reign of terror
method--by destruction, plundering
and such acts as tile Ludlow mlassa
cre and the Frank Little murder.
But decency-:--the decency of pa
triotism and American loyalty, moves
along very different lines.
.That fact is evidenced by the steps
that already have been taken by
Butte workingmen's organizations to
meet and solve the problem of ade
quately looking tafler the welfare
of returned and returning soldiers
Capitalism's way is to engender
civil war. to create fearful chaos, to
incite to every forlll of mIad destruc
The way urged and carried into
effect by patriotism and loyalty, is
to meet each and every problem Of
national, state, county anld munuiicipal
concern and solve it piroiperly, bene
ficial for all concetrned and for I lhe
progress and glory of this republlit.
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:'MINIONS 01F" M.IMIMON."
There are two classes of thinkers
-the mnlterialists and the' spirituall
istic'lly inclined. The one questioni
ill youlr consciousness mine own.
too--is: "What is truth?"
I ask. also. "What is truth?" Some
time ago, the doctors raised io $11
per call----iinights. Four dollars in thli
day tillme. It's pretty tough to get
sick at either time. but thel person
so unllfortunallle as to take sick be
tween 12 and 8 o'clock a. ill. is in a
terrible pilight. If lie hasn I the ten.
and calls a second time, lhe's surei'
up against it. The 1t. I)'s have a
Now. there's one clars of practi
tioners who eschew all Inuterial
'lodes, and I leartcned that thlie clharge
(of one at least) is $2 per treatment.
It was $1 at one time or $5 per week.
Now, it must be admitted thait
truth all truth is spiritual . There's
no material truth. Jesus ('hrist, theli
great physician, the great practition
er, forbore to weigh tl'llth iagainsti
Caesar's standard. 'I'utlh is not for
The Wayshower who warned
against accepting iioney of any kind
in PaYlment for the work of hI'oliing,
demonstrated the greatest spiritu
ality because lie had tie least or no
materiality. The crier who bade all
"conime and drink" of the healing
waters of spirit "withoullt itloney and'
withlout cost" knew also truth coulld
not be bartered.
In the present world madness,
when material thinking reaches its
zenith, it is deplorable to see the ne
cessity of life withheld from the
poor, the weak and hungry. lBut the
greater and greatest crimle conceived
within the perverted minid of lman is
the attempt to place a monehta ry valueii
It is triue that the "laborer is
worthy of his hire." The laborer in
the realm of spirit though has no
precedent established by hunmanity's
helpers of Bible times (truth times).
whereby he call sell so much trlthli
at "how much have you got ?"
Truly, truth is unknown to them.i
It really seems, although we have no
spiritual demonstrators, our Ioen of
vision are silmply materialistic spirit
ualists or spiritualistic materialists,
Our ministers, priests and other
alleged Christ-nien. who fought "lde
nlocracy's" battle (as democracy was
collceived' bIy Mammon's high-priests
--our capitalists) and deserted the
ocracy's cause-andl who dare cay
that a knowledge of the Gotd-presencll
would have miioved the ull()ntliltl of
mortal -thought in 1914? - -what au
thority have they to set aside a divine
precept, "not to kill," 0t "suffer it
to be so now?" Did Jesus break a
divine command to ulphltld the de
cree of human judglment No! Ab
solutely,'no! In demnionstrating love,
lhe would not sanctiin late- a false
conception of truth.
What excuse hatve. yotu - yiln (I att1t
too charitable to call you Ihyl)crit tesr
blind leaders whto led the tpeoitles of
Ithe world over the pricipict of olu
ulan belief into the abyss?
You, I note. decry Ithe( ;i11tnipt. of
thel workers of the worbhl te over
|throw that syst'em of it;aitn capital
Capitalism the C.'lim1C1 The 1. \\ .
\V., the bolshevists, et al.. yutl tdi
nounce as a huilnclh ofit' i It llums.
The term is inelegant. '.,t .inilyt,. bttl
it covers tihe siulll t (tt l to lio r topitn
ion concertnitg them'. i'hrist, you
know, had no 'cO'ert(u.t( utll,. Of tilhe
lianu wholtm the' followers oif Jesus,
would restrain; tJesuts tI lib-ril,
thile just--- admonished: "F'orbid himi1
The I. V. V.. or hol:.helists:, inl
seeking to strike at tlhel heart otf
i11 on11111011. are worker' s of spirit ltrv
cling (in their material co('tncp of
power') in a cietle, swinging iiaround
-the hieart t f d(It inity '
When capitalisml is deadt whlitn Iit
ptoor hlouse which Iitmarks lthe Iihed of
the pit yawning lind iopen ft r it;
: * * ('when the - house' whitic'lI
MlIarl its foot hlns cru'l led ilto
dust, the inherentll force' itl and ltri
Ioutes of Gotl- --love. trluh, (etc.. .ever
- It ning in l1th br' ast of h is1( fttIII
Ilt given s lri essi n when f(arilt Il
want is dest royed.
Yoli , who would crucify th tliruItll
fronm your pulpits, your press, in
what happened. Ten of his 11 fol
ili ttlers. iyot kiltowt Ilet eacIt h and ,ill
a violent death. ,ilttle was lynched.
W'hat a sacrilege to class litIlle with
Know ye not. ye' minions of Imam
motn, ye opptlosers of truth (intli
('Iihrist ) that lie wiho said: t'ie thait
is not againstl s.,is with Is." , would
have shook Frank Little's hand hlnd
said: "l;rither, you are a little hil
forceful, but your idea is right
stapni ou!t capiitalisl." The moti\ve
is always tll esslence of tlihe at,. Is
Sit crillinal to ioppose lhat govermlllnllt
lhat is but Ith growth a branch of
capitalismi. when the motive is to
bring peace, plently, liberty to tlhi
sllave horldes of mni1mlli1)ll? \\Was Lit
lie al crinminal? \oi I1e was (ihll',I
of a man thln you are!
lut "thi'row\ not yotur pearls toi
swinle," you who bulld a1 felnce- aroulnd
truth, wilh dloglmas anid creed,tl. it's
uuseless to prealh to you: I speak to
those bf my nmlnd-"-lhe workers, the
otlhe. heslheel, of-.truthlll's fold, who
seoek to ove.'!1ll"rh ir w l luiln1lOin e u111
plltely, and "'NoW."
_Rebister,' `and get your
""ieedd to reister, or you can't
vot'e at the pri.aries in the
i s fri fll i I,:, I""-- ..
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