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FIRST PUBLIC DEFENDER.
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Dr. J. H. Stolper, First "Public
Defender" of Oklahoma.
1 Guthrie, Okla., July 30. The
penniless and friendless who have
been deprived of their legal rights
in Oklahoma will henceforth, be
assured a square deal.
The "public defender" stands
ready to fight their battles for
them, to the Supreme Court if
needs be, and without pay other
than the salary he draws from the
state. . v
The public defender's office was
created by,the last legislature. It
is his duty to assutne the defense
of the.personal liberties and prop
erty rights ,of allwho cannot af--ford
to hire lawyers to-'protect
them. No other state or, nation
has any such official. '
The first public defender, Dr. J.
H. Stolper, has already demon
strated the value oistate legal ad-
vice for the defenseless. For in
stance, he has already prosecuted
and won hundreds of suits for In
dian children who were being de
frauded by dishonest guardians .
leagued with corrupt court offi
cials. The grafters have been1
forced to give up their spoils.
In ordinary life he was a very
important person, for he wore a
red robe and a wig, and called
forth roars of "laughter" by,
means of jokes which were old
when the world was new. He
was a judge, and had been advis
ed to take a Turkish bath.
"Is it qui quite necessary to
ma make me black and blue all
over?" he panted, when the rub
ber had slapped and poked him
until he felt decidedly uncomfort
"Oh, you're all right, sir," re
plied the attendant, redoubling,
his energy, and grinning diabol-.
"Who (slap-groan) are (thud
groan) you?" gasped the judge,
a horrible suspicion dawning in
his mind. "Your (thump-groan)1
face seems (swish-groan) familiar
"Oh, you remember me, do
you?" replied the rubber. "Then
perhaps you'll pause before you
send me up for six, weeks again
for fighting (whoosh !)"
"I wonder if Jack knows I have
"Has he proposed?"
. "He knows." 1
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