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- GETTING REAL MEXICANA
"Men indicted must have, every opportunity to prove them-
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What's that? Must be from a Mexican court. We thought f s
our law said that every one accused was presumed to be innocent o
until the government proved him guilty.. Who made the opposite "
statement which we quote above? The arraignment of the alleged 41
dynamiting labor men at Indianapolis. -
' Oh! yes1, we understand now. Just another instance of, our
boasted "equality before the law." Beef barons and other male-,
factors of great wealth, Who have lots of money to employ high
priced lawyers and detectives, to shadow witnesses and jurors and
hire spies are presumed to be-innocent and the 'government must
prove them guilty. And it seems a tough Job, judged by Uncle '",
Sam's ten year tussle with the beef barons. ' - - ' ,v
But when the accused is a laboring .man, it's different. Then '
the presumption of innocence doesn't hold . He is graciously given
the opportunity to prove himself "innocent, IF HE CAN." . '
Judge Anderson showed understanding when he added; "IF
HE CAN." Have you ever stopped to consider the inequality of
the struggle? On the side of the prosecution, all the resources of .s
the Federal government, plus the Erectors' association, with De- '
tective Burns and every manufacturer's .association and labor-baiter
in the country. Contrast the situation of the acdused laboring man.
Generally he is unfamiliar with court procedure and big lawyers.' , J
And money? Why, of course, men who are paid the munificent
wages paid by the Lawrence textile mills, steel workers who toil
12'hours, 7 days aweek, have gobs of filthyjucre. No troubleat all a
for theni to get high-priced lawyers and detectives and prove them-
' And Judge Anderson, on the same occasion, made some other
remarks that were eminently-fitting. Hev inweighed against that (
"certain political philosophy" known as recall of judges and be- .
wailed the danger of "paralyzed" courts. Natural, isn't it. What
"the people would do to such judges as Anderson, would probably
paralyze him and all like him. j .
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Tourist (to hostler, who is
grooming his horse) "Pat, I'm
afraid you're currying favor with
thkt horse." I
Hostler "Faith no; I'm mere
ly scraping an acquaintance."
James M. Sears, 79 vyeu-s of
Salem, Ohio, had a ride in a Cur
tiss hydro-aeroplane at San Die
go the othtir day 'and says any.
boy can do it without being
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