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WHAT'S AILING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE? . WHY IS
.. A FEDERAL JUDGE? OR THE HIGH PRICE OF MEAT?
The Story of a Federal Judge Putting his Finger Into a Pie That
Took Nine Years to Bake, and Spoiling It.
Justice may be blind and impartial, as per popular legend. -f
But if so, the lady's scales need attending" to. They're out of
For instance, let's take a look at what has happened in the
Beef Trust case and let's cut out all the' mystic,- "Now-you-scee-it,
now-you-dori't', legal stuff while doing so.
Way back in 1903 some federal official wakened, up to the fact
that Armour, Swift,' Tilden, Morris Company had been breaking
the anti-trust law, playing' hob with' prices, and otherwise mulcting
the people. w ' " ',', Px ' , '
, The people "had -known this for long before 1903 they had
been paying the price. .'.,... . .
However, in July, 1903? the government gave a loud shout, so
all jthe people might see how zealous -it- was, aijd indicted 'sixteen
packers and four corporations. s N t j'-f
"Fine," said the people, "we shall-now get meat at a reasonable
price." - - ' '.'''
Followed many wonderful legal fplk dances from 1903 to. 1906,
during which the price of meat Went up so the packers could' pay
fancy, attorney fees. ' '--'
Then, on March 1, 1906, Federal Judge Humphry, vmoved -by
whatnotions of justice Heaven alone sknows, gave each and every
one of the,packers an immunity bath.f ,.
Whereon again the price of meat went-up.
Somehow, the people weren't satisfied. So from 1906 to 1910,
grand juries spent the people's time and money "investigating" the
packing trust. . ' ,
March 21, 1910, the grand jury .indicted the packing concerns.
Three months later, Federal Judge Landis stuck a large judj
' cial finger into the pie, and carefully undid the work of the grand
r He quashed all thenndictments because they were "defective"
T--Dfdn't say enough, or there was an "and" missed out, or some
thing like that.- N J
Still, the people were neither happy nor satisfied especially
tas the price of meat seemed.to go higher daily.
So, August,N 1910, the grand jury indicted a number, of Beef
ndjnSjeebeXjjwenone bet ter,,anjL indic.ted ten packers.