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men, his position will be impreg
nable in public opinion.
It would have been better for both
."udges, had Judge Kersten consulted
Judge Cooper before complying with
ioyne's request, and the judges
agreed dn an impartial jury and
state's attorney in whom everybody
would have confidence. As the mat
ter .now stands selfish interests are
trying to embroil the two judges in
a political and newspaper fight.
It is a crying shame that judges
have to depend upon political bosses
to get a party nomination, but it is
worse than that when politicians try
-to make partisans of them when
they are on the bench.
There is a way out of this for the
judges, if they want to uphold the
alleged dignity of the bench. If
Judge Cooper is right and the mat
ter of a special grand jury was prop
erly .before him when Hoyne rushed
before Judge Kersten, then Judge
Kersten can satisfy himself as to that
by consultation with Judge Cooper;
and if satisfied, he should back up
and let Judge Cooper's 'action stand.
If Judge Cooper is wrong, then the
two judges as honorable men can
finds a way to have one grand jury
and one special state's attorney in
both of, whom the public will have
I have this suggestion to make to
Judge Kersten: The rights of the
people in the matter of election
frauds are of much more vital con
cern than the. selfish interests of any
politicians or newspapers; and the
weakness of Hoyne's position just
now is that he opposed any investi
gation by a special grand jury and
state's attorney until he got what he
wanted in Judge Kersten's court.
And even tho'ugh Judge "Kersten be
entirely honest and sincere, which I
have no reason to doubt, Hoyne's at
titude is creating a public impression
that Judge Kersten's. position is par
tisan. Judge Cooper, too, will give the
Jmj?rssion;fo$.he is partisan mless
the man he appoints as special state's,
attorney is known to be an impartial
lawyer who will try to get at the
truth without being a partisan of
Hoyne, Kinaker, Cunnea or Haight.
The people will NOT Ijave confi
dence" in any investigation of Hoyne's
election by himself or an intimate
In this connection I would like- to
know why Cook county grand juries
permit themselves to be controlled
by the state's attorney in what they
shall investigate. I know of no
reason why the regular grand jury
should not have investigated the elec
tion frauds themselves whether
Hoyne liked it or not The state's
attorney doesn't own a grand" jury.
He is not its master, but rather its
I think it entirely proper and perti
nent for Judge Kersten to take into
consideration the important fact that
the application made to Judge Coop
er is not made by any faction of
the Democratic party, but by all of
the candidates who ran for state's
attorney against Hoyne last year,
Rinaker, the Republican, -Cunnea
the Socialist, and Haight the Pro
gressive. And it was Hoyne him
self, the beneficiary of election
frauds, if there were any, who made
the application to Judge Kersten.
GOOD BYE, FREE LUNCH.
St. Louis, May 31. Beginning'
Monday all Missourians who have"
been accustomed to buying their,
three beers and taking their freej
lunch will either have to go withoutj
the usual three beers or the lunch.
The law recently -passed by the J
legislature making it a misdemeanor
to serve free lunch with a schooner
will then go into effect, and it is esti-j
mated that hundreds will be thrown)
out of work by the new law, since
the making up of soup by the barrel, j
hot dogs by the bushel and salads
by the gallon to be served to bar-
rooms throughout the state has far
some years been quite an industry.
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