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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 26, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 25',
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want jt; now I never want to do any
thing else. There must be some radi
cal reforms in the laws governing
marriage It's' too easy, i Couples
rush in, thinking they'll' get out if
they don't like it, ract silly "and then
' play the baby act,
"There are two things that deserve
the support of every decent citizen.
"The first and most, important is
the bill providing" for a- health cer
"From a physician?" asked the re
pprter. , . .
His Honor-fixed him with his pierc
ing eye. Then exploded; a
"NO! Didn't you hear me say in
court" a few minutes- ago tHat ANY
BODY could get a "physician's certifi
cate if he paid enough"? . I mean a
certificate that will be worth so'me
thing, one issued by some one com
petent and resonsible; some fixed, au
thority. Who? That is for the legis
lature to decide., ; ' .
"After this we must have a. law
requiring notice postedof-the issu
ance of a marriage license at least
ten days before the'ceremp'ny.- AND
we need a law forbidding-the issu
ance of a marriage license' except in
the countryin which one prthe other
"Then I am against'this imigratory
divorce. Nevada hasTaised:the:length
of residence to one:;year; we must
make it two, or we will -have the
whole bunch down" on' us..
"While I sit in this-court cases are
going to be settled on a basis of jus
tice and equity. Being a divorce judge
is not altpgether a matter of law. I
made a ruling this morning that is
KILLING the men but it stands. No
man is goihgrto get a divorce on the
' ground of fraud' when the fraud con
x sists of haying lovers prior to mar-i-iage
unless the man can prove he is
himself virtuous;, we are hot going to
have a" double standard of virtue In
my court." -
When his; honor ha9-departed the
reirter sat in the empty courtroom.
and 'smiled at the memory of .some
of the proceedings.
There was .called up short
for failure to provide for. wife and
children, . though getting" '$125 ipei
"What is your excuse? " demanded
the judge. ,
"My wife is cruel to the children. 7
She won't pay bills; won.'t pay noth
ing." Here rose counsel.
"Your honor, this woman's neigh-
bors say "
,"I don't-take testimony from coun
sel," thundered his honor.
"I got plenty .o' witnesses," shouted
the wife. (
"Madame, Fdo'n't care to hear from
you." And to the man: "You pay
ypur alimony within three days, do
you hear? ,
"Next case!" - 1
. . A came forward.
"You haven't paid your alimony,'1
began his honor. "What's that?1,
Haven't the money? Why? You men
come here and, make a poor mouth,
but yoii' must give an excuse that
sticks.. Here," tuming.to an attorney,
"I've notime to. waste on contempt
proceedings. Getran order from the
district.attorney'and send him to jail
on a criminal contempt'charge."
"See that-inan sitting over there
near'tneywihadw?" asked an attor
ney. ' "Well, 'he married the blonde
girl in the 'i-6und black hat. Soon
he left her and she sued his mother
for $100,000 for alienating his af
fections. His "defense was that he ia
feeble-minded and not responsible.
Then she sued 'for separate main
tenance and the judge decided that
a fool was'not a capable m'ember of
society ahd"could not be required to
support a wife." This is her- third at
tempt to. get support;'' t
- In a few moments" the" stupid-looking-
individual took the stand and thq
attorned rose to defend' him.
"What are you-dolng-for a living?
demanded his honor in a firmTofcej