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JOHNNY-QN-THE-SPOT JUSTICE AS IT WAS
ADMINISTERED BY A GANG OF NEWSBOYS t
The Difference Between Justice- as, Administered byr
Ignorant Street Arabs and the Law as Ad
ministered by Judges Full ,of Book
learning and Educated Ignorance,
BY N. D. COCHRAN j
X Talking aboti judges and justice, a gang of newsboys once opened my"
eyes' to 'natural, spontaneous and, if you please, ignorant justice as com-T
pared with the thing we call law as handed to us from highly-educated1
juSges. N i
In Toledo they have a newsboys' association, officered by newsboys'
themselves. The central Jranch is made up of the boyswho sell papers onr
the streets the boys some people call Btreet arabs.
" . Everybody in. town knows thV organization and John B. Gunckel, its
founder. If anybody is short-changed by a newsboy they report to head
quarters and the boys do the rest, - " ,
One time a lady called up newsboy3' headquarters and reported that"
when a boy called for his week's pay for delivering a newspaper, Bhe hadT
no change, and had given the boy a dollar and told him to get the change ,
and bring it back.
"Well, the boy forgot to cpme back. All the woman could tell to, identify -the
boy was that he was about "so high," wore a pink necktie, and that it'
was a bright, shiny, new silver dollar she had given him.
Some members of the newsboys' executive committeexwere called inr
off the -street and told the s,tory. Hera is what they- did: t
They made inquiries about boys who wore pink neckties, and within a
few hours had trailed that boy down and f ound him at his home; They took
frirp "outside, and the leader of the gang said to him:
"Say kid, what you done hurts the whole association, an' it won't do -you
no good, either. If one of us steals, then people will think all of us will
steal, and they won't trust none of us. We don't think you are a bad kid,
but you're in wrong this time and you've got the association in wrong. ,
You've got to go and apologize and give that lady her change back."
The boy didn't want to do that, but offered the change to the boys so
they could take it back. But they wouldn't stand lor that " ;
"No," said the leader, "you've got to come -with us and do it yourself
You done the wrong and you've got to do the right. We won't iurt you.
It's your first wrong and we'll forget it You come along now, and if you're
ever hard up come to us and we'll stake you but don't steal."
Those little judges I'd rather say friends of justice took that boy to
the woman's house. They kept off where they could see what was done, but
took no part in it themselves. But they ordered that boy to go to the
woman, get down on his knees and apologize and give her back her change?
And he obeyed orders. Then they took their comrade away in triumph, -went
to headquarters, reported that justice bad been done and all went oufc r
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