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' JUSTICE AND THE POOR MAN ,
An extreme case .of Tiow the law's intricacies and delays react 'to deny
justice to,ihe poor was recently analyzed in Philadelphia.
A scamp employer at a week's end refused to pay to a worker a
promised $10 wage. The latter decided to sue. This was his experience:
To start the suit cost $10 for a lawyer and 5 bond for costs. Cross
firing between the lawyers took six weeks. It was two months, before the
minor-magistrate awarded the claim.
Instead of paying it, the employer appealed. Two years followed be
fore the case was listed. In Philadelphia the courts have a rule that if a
case listed for a certain term doesn't get to trial within two days, it goes
over. The employer's , lawyer was playing for delay. There were a num
ber of continuances. The worker lost many days' wages and had to pay
for the lost time of several witnesses before six years after the fact, he
finally, got his verdict. And to get it cost 20 times as much as it wasworth!
Experiences like this vary in detail, but are common upon the one
point that a poor man with a just claim is pretty sure to get stung if he
goes to law.
That is why we shall all be interested in the new poor debtors' court
which Kansas has established the first in this country. A court expressly
designed to correct just such injustice.-
It is a court without any cost to litigants. It handles debts under $20.
The judge is appointed by the county commissioners and doesn't have to
be a lawyer good sense-and human -sympathy are the only qualifications
You bring your case before this judge and tell him simply just what
the facts are. He sends word tottie other-fellow to come in and tell his
story. No lawyers are necessary. No records are kept: The two litigants
fight it out before the cadi, he decides quickly, and his say goes. .
Better ihan the long and costly Philadelphia way, isn't it. And prob
ably just as likely to result in justice.
Tested Recipe, by Caroline Coe.
Drain the oil from one-third of a
can of salmon, remove bone and skin,
rub through a sieve, add slowly one
quart of scalded milk, one-third tea
spoon of salt and ,a little pepper. Rub
to a paste four 'tablespoons' of flour
witti-two of butter. Add a tablespoon
of. the hot milk to-the butter and flour
paste, and when it is smooth add the,
paste to the milk. "Boili up just "a
minute, serve piping hot. Crab meat
or lobster may be used in the same
'Bisque should alwaysjie, served In
soup plates, but clear, thin soups are.
daintier in bouillon cups. ,
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Diphtheria-infection may locate 'on
the gums, the nose or the tonsils or
in any oneof several places. Diph
theria located on previously healthy
tonsils requires less, anti-toxin, and
is more easily cured than diphtheria
anywhere else. Try to keep the ton
sils clean and healthy.
SUBURBAN LIFE .
(NIX ON THAT, npS-AWEEIJ
By Tom' Jackson. "
Tis now the poor suburbanite
Puts in his garden seeds
And sparrows come and eat them all
But never touch the weeds.