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BLAMES JUDGES FOR THE DISTRUST OF THE COURTS
New York. Tan. 28.-rDeclar
ing that judges themselves were
responsible for the distrust of
courts, using the Brandt case as
a reason for this distrust, Justice
Wesley O. Howard of the state
supreme court last night bitter
ly attacked the "do nothing" pol
icy of the bench in an address to
the alumni of LaSalle institute.
Howard cited decisions in sev
eral notable cases which he de
clared were miscarriages of jus
tice. He said :
"Brandt, the obscure valet, not
guilty at all of the crime of -which
he was accused, so the attorney
general states, is sentenced to
state prison for thirty years
practically for life.
"Robin, the millionaire, the al
leged wrecker of banks, houses
and homes, goes to jail for a year.
"Morse, who pyramided banks
and juggled with millions, gets
out of prison because he is sick.
The convict in the next cell, who
stole a coat, perhaps, remains
there, languishing with sickness
until he dies."
Morse is now traveling through
Europe, and several physicians
who examined him declared he
was a well man. President Taft
pardoned him from the federal
penitentiary at Atlanta because
he was on the point of death. His
recovery, following his release,
was almost instantaneous.
"The people are becoming im
patient with these discrepancies
of justice," continued Howard.
"They are demanding with a
louder voice each day that there
"It is not well to scoff at the
mutterings of the people; there is
much reason for it.
. "Let us not deceive ourselves.
The spirit of the recall is spread
ing. The impatience of the masses
is growing deeper. Something
will happen. Unless the judges
act the people will act.
"If they do not resort to the re
call they will revise the constitu
tion and create new courts
courts that will do rough justice;
courts- to do summary justice;
courts close to the common peo
ple; courts without technicalities,
sophistry and delay, and where'
substantial right prevails."
DEMANDS THAT WOOD BE
New York, Jan. 28. Former
Mayor Seth Low, at the annual
meeting of the Civic Federation'
today, demanded that the Massa
chusetts authorities immediately
push the prosecution of William
M. Wood, president of the Amer
ican Woolen Co., indicted for
conspiracy to plant dynamite dur
ing the Lawrence strike.
Low's demand came at the end
of a discussion of the recent sen
tences in the dynamite conspiracy
trial in Indianapolis.
"Enough mischief has already
been done at Lawrence without
adding to the harm already done
by allowing laboring men to be
lieve there is one law for the labor
union men who transport dyna
mite illegally and another law for
the president of the American
Woolen Co. if he acts illegally."