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shal was a bachelor and a woman
hater combined. One day Miss
Jess told him to serve a warrant.
"You'll either serve" it, pay a
fine of $50, or else go 'to jail for
contempt of court'' thundered
the young woman. The marshal
laughed and then scrowled at a
deputy marshal whom Miss Jess
ordered to arresbliim. The deputy
glanced at his six-foot-two chief
and then resigne) Miss Jess lo
cated an Irish deputy, wlio made
up in nerve what he lacked in
"Are you going to pay that $50
fine?" Miss Jess asked the mar
"I am not," replied the DfnVer.
"Take him to jajl inert and keep
him there for one day," replied
Miss, Jess, and the Irishman took
him to a nice little cell where he
cooled his heels for eight hours
and then entered suit against the
young judgess (to coin a word)
for $25,000 for false imprison
ment. The suit is still pending.
"It's funny at times, but there
Is lots of tragedy running
through the humor of a justice
cout,' says Judge Clara Jess.
"Sometimes the people don't take
the court seriously; sometimes
lawyers insist on calling mfc 'rta
dam instead of 'Your Honor
bit I guess a woman pioneer
must stand a lot of things."
Miss Jess doesn't believe in
legal technicalities j she believes
in getting at the truth of the mat-'
ter to be decided and then giving
her verdict. She s a Socialist and
"Those who say politics will
lower women forget that the
greatest thing in the world is
honest government; pots and
pans lower a woman, not an in
terest in' how their country shall
he governed," is Miss Jess' an
swer to those who appose suf
frage claiming it willpower wo
man, -r , -,,''r
"1 dorfFthmWT would send a
man to prison for life," answered
Miss Jess. "It .seems awful to
think of shutting anyone up for
years, or of sentencing to death,
"but I guess if the crime were
great enough I could do that,
With the men opposing her and
her .court; with most everyone
smiling at a; woman on the bench,
Miss' Jess has. had. a hard time of
it upholding the dignity of the
recorder's office of Daly City, but
the example of the town marshal
who went to jail had a quieting
effect upon those who laughed at
. "I'll stick to it," declares Miss
Jess, "and marbe some day I'lLbe
a real judge. I think we ought
to have women on the bench."
They would do a real work
"Jn conclusion I want to say
that never will women make, a.
greater mess of politics and gov
ernment than have men."
"Ifow would yim classify a
telephone girl?" asked the old
foggy- "Is her's a business or a
"Neither' replied his friend.
it(U is a calling"