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firmed Dick, fervently. Just now I '
don't believe jt will. However, I may
think differently tomorrow.
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
SUPREME COURT JUMPS ON "THIRD DEGREE"
Light! A rift in the gloom! A flash of lightning from out the lowering
clouds! Some sunshine! A supreme court has discovered that the put
ting of poor prisoners to the "third degree," by regular or private detec
tives, isn't right!
Yea, even the chief justice of California declares that these officers
"set the law at defiance in detaining people without authority, keep them
secluded and in the meantime -subject them to the third degree." And the
'chief justice speaks truth.
Nowhere else on earth is greater infamy perpetrated than is daily per
petrated by our officers of the law through this method of torture known as
"the third degree."
The suspected poor man is seized .and rushed into a cell. He is denied
communication with his friends. He is secreted from lawyers and re
porters. He is tortured until he breaks down, guilty or innocent. Whereas
the law says that he is innocent until proven guilty and shall be given the
benefit of every reasonable doubt, from the minute of hfs seizure every ef
fort and instrument of the law is directed toward making him out to be
guilty, and the "third degree" is the final method of his torture.
Laziness, incapacity and desire for notoriety have led our authorities
to the practice of two abominations. One is the arrest on the "charge of
suspicion," and the other is this "third degree" torture. Both are foully
unjust and un-American and both find their victims in poor men. The rich
do not go to jail. They are arrested on warrant and bailed out. But it is
the poor and uninfluential, the very people for whom justice should be
most solicitous and around whose rights all the legal safeguards should be
thrown, who are the exclusive objects of these outrages.
Arrest on suspicion is clearly a violation of the constitution. But the
poor have no money with which to carry a test case to Washington. State
ments made, under "third degree" torture are, legally and theoretically,
worthless. But the victims have no money with which to carry the matter
up. Hence, when a state supreme court volunteers a denunciation of the
outrage, we seem to perceive a gleam of sunshine.
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
Remember the old homes of long
ago in which each room was as big
as a modern apartment, and the vines
half concealed a score of shining win
dows; where sparkling 'water was
drawn from the well or spring, and
loaded trees gave the season's fruits?
Do you remember the sweet smell of
new-mown hay, the barnyard odors
and sounds, and the sweet peace that
pervaded the household?
Those are Father Time's sweet
memories, and lucky are those who
possess them and pass them on by
word, or in health and strength, to
future generations who may live in
apartments of present or coming
years apartments that can be turn
ed inside out, converting one room
into living, dining or bedroom with
a twist of the wrist; where the view
is of your neighbor's kitchen instead
of fields of corn and verdure-covered
But, if love abides in the new-fangled
homes, perhaps they are better
adapted to the modern speedy pace