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In. their ignorance those newsboys had 3. clearer conception of justice
than any judge I ever knew. Theywere not influenced by precedent, au
thority, tradition or superstition. '
They didn't take a lot of law books down off a shelf, and thumb them
through to see what somebody else under similar circumstances had done
when their great grandfathers were babes,
' These boys didn't wear blue uniforms, brass buttons and silver badges.
They didn't carry clubs or revolvers. They didn't present any piece of
ruled and printed white paper, filled with legal tommyrot, folderol and rig
amarole, and sealed with a solemn seal.
They went before no grand jury. They appeared before no dignified
judge. They didn't say eeny-meeny-miney-mo to any solemn official of any
They didn't impanel a jury and have lawyers ask a few human beings
if they ever read newspapers, or believed in woman's suffrage, newsboys'
lights, cholera infantum or transmigration of the soul.
They had no witnesses hold up their right hands and go to sleep while
some fat bailiff mumbled something ending up with "Swelpme Gawd."
There were no lawyers leaping to their feet and "I-object"-ing; and
no judge sitting on the bench while the testimony was being taken, won
dering how the baseball game was coming out, or what he would finft on
the free-lunch counter in his favorite saloon after court adjourned.
There was no clerk behind a desk figuring up costs and making the
administration of justice financially profitable to the administrators.
In fact there was none of the red-tape, bull-con, bluff,' four-flush and
monkey-husineBs of modern, stall-fed, highly-trained, well-groomed and
But there was that plain, common, honest, sane, Johnny-on-the-spot
justice that went both-ways--to the woman, and. to the boy who had forgot
to bring back her change.
In thinking of that case I have preferred to think that that newsboy
never intended to steal that money, and that instead of him running away
with it, that bright, shiny, new silver dollar dazzled his eyes, hypnotized him
and then ran away with him.
And I have been lad that he was judged by his newsboy peers and
saved, instead of being yanked, up before an educated but really Ignorant
judget and then, sent to jail to vindicate the awful majesty of the LAW.
I think grown judges could understand more about justice if they knew
less about law; and that If they could forget their book learning and learn
something of humanity they would make better judges.
Ilmow they won't make many people love the law until law and justice
mean the same thing. And the newsboys -were so wise In their ignorance,
and their sense of justice was so clear and clean, that there was no need of
law in the case J write about.
UDon landing in New York from
her honeymoon trip, Mrs. FLaley J.
Shepard, who was Helen CfOuld, "de
ferred in everything to her husband,"
according to the metropolitan news
papers. Itfs over three months since
the. marriage, too. As candidate for
the luckiest man, we surely nominate
SSnley J. Shepardt
That Mexican patriot who got his
sticky hands on 180,000 pesos, all In
one lump, is the object of envy, ad
miration and bloodhounds. Having
more money than Huerta's adminis
tration, hell probably be hanged, if
caught, for a fellow with all that
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