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JUSTICE. AND THE POOR MAN. ., .
' An- extreme case of how the law's intricacies and delays react to deny
justice to the poor was recently analyzed in Philadelphia.
A scamp' employer at a week's end refused .topay 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 jtwo months before the
minor magistrate :awar,ded the claim.
' Instead of paying it, the employer appealed. Two years" followed be
fore the case was listedl 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 forIelay. 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 was worth!
& . Experiences like this vary .in detail, but are common upon the one
point that a poor manwith 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 an'd "doesn't have to
be a lawyer. good'sense-and' human" sympathy' are the only qualifications
needed. .' t
'You bring your case before this judge- and tell him simply just what
the. facts .are. Ha.sendsjarord.to,.the. other -fellowto. come in and tell-his
story. No lawyers' are necessary. No-xecords-are.-kept: The-two -litigants
fight it out before, the cadihe decides quickly, and his. say-goes.
Better than the- long and costly Philadelphia way, isn't it. And prob
ably just as' liltely 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
with two of butter. Add a tablespoon
of the hot.miik to the butter and flour1
1 paste, and when it is smooth add the
paste to the milk. Boil tip just a
minute, serve piping hot. Crab meat
or lobster may be used in1 the same
v Bisque should always be served in
soup. plates, but clear, thin soups are
"daintier in bouillon cups.
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J Daily Healthogram. .
Diphtheria infection may-locate on
the gums, the nose or the tonsils or
in any one -of several places. Diph
theria located on previously healthy
tonsils requires less anti-toxin, and
is more easily cured than diphtheria
anywjiere else. Try to keep the ton
sils clean and healthy.
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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.