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reason they are poor citizena Is that they fear the bosses more than'they
fear the people.
They fear to fight in politics as champions of the people, because they
are afraid they can't get judicial nomination with the bosses hostile to them.
And those lawyers who are out for the money instead of for judicial honors
make their play to Big-Business because they want the practice that brings
them the most money.
There are few old-fashioned lawyers nowadays. Styles change in the
legal profession as well as in women's gowns. And there are too many kept
lawyers too many lawyers whose talents are for sale to the highest bidder.
I would favor the segregation of these legal prostitutes if it were pos
sible, so that we could separate the sheep, from the goats. At night there
should be a red light in front of their office door; and at all hours a sign:
"For Sale-to the Highest Bidder."
I would put brass collars around the necks of the kept judges, indi
cating what boss or special interest owns them just as men now put! fancy
collars around the necks df their dogs. Then we 'could tell a beef trust
judicial dog from a harvester trist judicial cur, a Standard Oil bulldog
from a newspaper pup.
As it Is now, many judges are labeled Democrat-or Republican. If we
must label them, I think the brass collar would be more helpful.
And the just judge, before whom all men would stand on terms of
equality, would "be entitled to 'a halo. His election and tenure of office dur
ing good behavior would be equivalent to election for life.
I would free him from all political influences save that of the right of
the people to recall him if he went wrong.
But there is no chance of lifting "the judiciary far above the muddy
stream of politics," as the Inter-Ocean suggests, by having some political
government appoint him for life. He would have to be a politician of some
kind to get the appointment. The people themselves wouldn't care how he
voted so long asjie was a just judge.
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BIXBY CLAIMS HIS ACTIONS
Los Angeles, Sept. 26. Millionaire
George Bixby, charged with con
tributing to the delinquency of min
ors, and known at the Jonquil resort
as the "Black Pearl," took the stand
in his own defense and stated that his
visits to the resort were purely phil
anthropic, Bixby said he first met Mrs. Emma
J. Goodman, proprietress of the Jon
quil, in 1907. He had.received a re
quest from Randsburg, Cal., to aid a
girl in the Jonquil resort named Mar
ion, and -claimed to have given her
various sums of money, aggregating
His philanthrophy latter extended
to a girl by the name of Helen NJe
blas, to whom he donated money at
different times,, amounting to ?4,300.
He gave the girl this money that she
might start a rooming house, he
Cleo Helen Barker, one of the wit
nesses against him, he handed $50
one day on a visit to the Jonquil and
returned later in the day with $300
more. Two weeks after that he gave
her another ?300i
Octavius Morgan, who had refused
to testify on the ground that he
would injure his reputation, was or
dered by Judge Blodsoe to answer
only such questions as did not incrim
inate him. ' Morgan testified he
philanthropically bestowed $2,500 on
Jonquil resort minors.
Cibbs Stout people, they say, are
rarely guilty of meanness or crime.
Dibbs Well, you see, it's so difficult
for them to stoop" to anything lowl