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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1912, Image 14

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He stumbled, backward, clinging
desperately against the smooth,
slippery wall, and remained thus
motionless one instatht, watch
ing. Above his head the monster
floated ; it had apparently lost
sight of him. Then, straight as a
sword, it darted downward to
ward him. A moment later the
man was scrambling blindly
through the great, green wilder
ness of water, lost to all sense of
direction, now caroming , against
a wall, now battling among the
depths, while in imagination he
felt those slimy coils encircle him
and the sharp teeth close in his
flesh.
He felt the airpipe that con
nected him with the world above
straining and jerking.
The tank seemed to stretch out
immeasurably, and -walls sprang
up and buffeted him where no
walls should have been. His
feet slipped on the smooth bot
tom, and he fell prostrate upon
his face in a dead faint.
When he opened his eyes the
tank was empty. He was lying on
the bottom, propped up against a
wall, his helmet had been re
moved, and he felt the taste of
brandy in his throat. The chief
of the staff knelt at his side, and
the others were gathered aro,und.
him with sheepish expressions"
upon their faces. The tarik, which
had appeared so large, was barely
"Too bad to scare you like
that," said the chief. "Boys, this
is the last time we play that trick
ion a newcomer."
"Trick?" gasped the diyer
"Wasn't it a moray?"
The chief reached down to his
side and took up a fishing rod. At
the end of the line, impaled on the
hook was a large angleworm.
"Put on your helmet, Hank "he
said.
The man did so and pulled it off
again with a cry of disgust.
"I'm blamed if you haven't
fitted is with opera glasses," he
muttered.
NEW COURT TO GIVE THE
POOR PEOPLE JUSTICE
Portland, Ore., April 15. An
initiative petition is being pre
pared here to plate on the No
vember ballot, a proposed, law, to
establish a poor man's court,
where the plain people can appeal
for justice without employing
lawyers or without being hamp-,,
ered by the usual technical com
plications. '
The proposed' law will elimin-
ate all pleadings known as com
plaints, demurfers, answers and
replies, and make is possible for
any citizen who has a bill to col
lect ranging from $1 to $500, to
go to court with his bill, and have
the justice issue a summons for
the defendant to appear.
The case wjll then be set for
hearing without further legal pro
ceedings and settled upon its
merits.
The new law permits the jus
tice to assist the workingmen by
interlocutory judgments. For ex
ample: If the defendant owes a
bill, and cannot pay a lump sum x
of cash, the justice can enter an

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