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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 21, 1912, Image 20

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a'rousecf moral sentiment of a
"whole commonwealth.
" 'Second by the abuse of the
power to declare laws unconsti
tutional the courts have become
a lawmaking, instead of a lawen
f orcing agency. Here again the
settled will of society to correct
confessed evils has been set at
naught by those who place meta
physics above life.
It is the courts, not the constitu
tions, that are at fault'
"Justice between man and
man, between the State and its
citizens si a living thing, whereas
legalistic justice is a dead thing.
iThe judge is just as much the ser
vant of the people as any other
official.
"In any contest today where
the people satnd for justice and
the courts do not, the man who
supports the courts against the
people is untrue to the memory
ofLincoln and shows that he is
tfie spiritual heir, not of those
who followed and supported Lin
coln, but of the Cotton Whigs,
Yho supported Chief Justice
iTaney and denounced Lincoln."
' Then came the direct reference
to Taft, and the branding of the
President as a man who "frankly
disbelieves in the entire Ameri
can system of government for, by
and of the people."
"The true view," Roosevelt
continued, "is that legislators and
judges alike are the servants of
the people, who have been creat
ed by the people, just as the peo
ple have created the Constitu
ttition; and they hold only such
power as the people for the being
have delegated to them."
Of the decision of the New
York supreme, court declaring un
constitutional the Workmen's
compensation act, oosevelt said:
"I know of no popular vote by
any State of the Union more flag
rant in its defiance of right and
justice, more shortsighted in its
inability to , face the changed
needs of our civilization."
Roosevelt then drew a picture
of the sufferings of tens of thou
sands of the people caused by
such decisions by high courts,
and finished with an earnest plea
that the constitution makers re
member that the people them
selves and their welfare spiritual
ly, morally and industrially are
more important than the laws of
the people.
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HAROLD SAW A TRAMP COME
OP TO HIS BACK DOOR. AMD W&Vjri
-TO MEET HIM. WHAT 00
VOU WAKT? HE BELLOWED.
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THE GENTLE CReeTiNG.
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Care will kill a cat. George
Wither. Now if a cat would only,
kill care I - -
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