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late people Into being good uffless a
majority of them want to be good.
This, however, does not excuse the
written law, which says a man may,
but a woman must not. Read this."
She showed the " "Remington &
Ballinger Code, No. 2457." Read it
carefully. It says that "Any married
women," who is untrue to the mar
riage relation, and her partner, in
sin, shall be "punished by imprison
ment in the state penitentiary for not
more than two years, or by a fine of
not more than $1,000: Pro
vided that no prosecution for the vio
lation of this section shall be com
menced except on complaint of the
husband or wife, nor after one year
from the commission of the offense."
"You will notice," said Miss White
head, "it does not say 'any married
man or woman,' or 'any married per
son.' It says any married woman
who is not true to the marriage rela
tion shall be punished. But what of
the married1 man? Is there to be no
check on him? The law puts none.
"I said a moment ago that you
cannot legislate people into being
good unless a majority of the people
want to be good. It would have been
futile, a few years ago, to amend the
law so as to hold mep equally guilty
with women when they violated the
marriage relation. But public senti
ment has changed. Now a married
man who is notoriously immoral is
not 'playing the game.' HiB conduct
is frowned on, even by his own men
'.'Society indulges in fewer covert
smiles, whisperings and shoulder
shrugs over the shortcomings of
'gay' men than formerly. It is not
considered so necessary now for
young men to 'sow their wild oats.'
"Rues and libertines are less fre
quently welcomed to decenjt homes.
It is not so easy for men to be 'good.'
"The time is ripe, therefore, I be
lieve, to amend the law and abolish
one more evidence of the law's ac
quiescence in the 'doube-standard.'
The public is at last ready for the
change, for it already condemns the
man who doesn't 'play the game of
"If the law punished where society
condemns there would surely be few
er young girls who aren't good any
"You see we are headed in the
right direction. Formerly a .girl's
word was given less credence in'court
than a burglar's. In the case of a
man charged with burglary, in which
there was only i one eye-witness, it
was for the jury to decide which it
believed the burglar or the house
holder. "But in the case of a girl charging
'assault,' it was the duty of the court,
before the amendment, to instruct '
the jury that, unless there was cor
roborative evidence, the defendant
must be found not guilty.
"The law as it stood was, of
course, absurd. For 'how often are
there witnesses to the' crime of as
sault? "The law now protects" the girl who
is 'under the age of consent.' But
when she reaohes the age of 16 it
abandons her, and disclaims any re
sponsibility if she 'isn't good any
HONORS EQUAL ONCE AGAIN
An American "doing the sights" in
Edinburgh arranged with the hotel
boy to show him around the city. '
It was a hard task to raise any
spark of appreciation of the ancient
relics in the visitor's mind. Sight
after sight the boy extolled, but the
American hummed and hawed,, dis
paraging everything compared with
what they had "on the-other side."
"What's that for?" he asked pres
ently, pointing to a passing vehicle
carrying an enormous bar of iron. .
A glint came in the juvenile eye as
he answered airily:
"They're building a' new hotel up
the road, sir, and that's the kitchen