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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 14, 1911, Image 11

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"THE JUDGES -WHO CAN
" 'CDO NO'WRONG."
"The judges can dano -wrong."
iThis is the cryjhat the ""busi
ness int'erests"have sent ringing
over the land . these v -last few
months'since the people (first rbeT
gan tp talkjof applying "the recall
to the judiciary. . t
William 'Howard Taft5 vetoed
the Arizona s.tatehaqd" bill, be-;
Gau$e - that bill embodied 'the
judi rial recall. ' -
Here is a story of one qf,vthe
jpdges -"who can dono wrong."
Several 'months ago,, Greeley
Whitford.,- 'judge ofthe district
court -of '.Denver, Colorado, 'sent
1 7miners "to jari for- contempt of
courts , -
The contempt'lay'in the aljeged
violation of an injunction. Whit
ford , had granted -the coaU com
panies' of northern Colorado
again3t striking miners. '
-Whitfprd refused the Accused
miners a" juty; trial, and sent them,
one'and allto jail. , , '
William "Crawford was one of
these miners. " v. ' I ;
Yesterday, a nf essage,was car
ried to Judge Greeley Whitford.
It was that, William Craw
ford's aged mother was dying,
a'nd that from'her dea'thbed she
was crying-piteously .for a last
sigbt'of-JiePTmly boy.
Humanity "demanded that
Crawford '.be. . released i only
long enough to see-his mother for
the" last .time. ;
Whitford, sent for Crawford.
. "Your, mother v is. dying,"' he
tqkU.the miner. .
AfK)lpgjzeqt03me5o"r having'
violated my injunction, and 'I
shall let you go free to see her."
; "I never violated Tyour injunction,-
Judge" Whitford," said
Crawford.
"Very well," -said Whitford,
and turning to court attaches, he
ordered Crawford taken back to
jail.
-The, very interests which Gree
Jeyr Whitford serves so faithfully
from the bench of the people, real
ized the folly of such an, act, and
themselves' pleaded -with the
judge to release Crawford.
And the judge who had not
"been able to hear the voice of hu
manity, heard them, and the
miner was released until Decem
ber 2.
Still, "the judges can do no
Wrong."
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Unwritten Law Expected
To Free Texas Woman
- 'Fort Worth, Tex., Nov. 14.
Anoth'er drama of the unwritten
law was unfolded here today,
when the trial of Mrs. Lucie
Matheson, charged with the mur
der of her 'husband at Abilene,
was begun.
Matheson was shot .from .
through a window of a negress'
house. Mrs. Matheson today en
tered.a plea of "not guilty." She
declares that the shooting was "
accidental. The attitude of her .
counselt however, indicated. that,
the "unwritten law" will be the
real defense. It has never failed
to secure an acquittal from a Tex-

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