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and piling it at $1.25 a day and keeps.
It was hard work, but it was honest
and it didn't hurt me."
That's the way Mrs. May Harris,
19; mother of-a child of 5, explained
her appearance when Memphis police
arrested her for masquerading in
"The majesty of the law is the only majesty that republicans know.
In government, in religion and in society there is diminished respect for
The foregoing is the view of one of our well-known political economists,
and it is a view he gets because his spectacles are not on straight.
The law, to possess or to be deserving of majesty, must be just just in
its application and just in its execution. Law without this feature will not
be granted, majesty by republicans or any others.
The same is true of government, religion and society. Respect for au
thority depends upon the impartiality of that authority as exercised, If
government devotes itself to the interests of a favored class, if religion pro
vides possibility of heaven for a select few only, if society draws a dead line
against the sincere, the patriotic and the true, then is respect for their au
It is because mankind is struggling for equality equality of opportunity
The great mass of intelligent people of today respect the law, not be
cause of the law's penalties for violation, but because it is the law, the key
stone in the arch of republicanism, without which the high ideals of govern
ment, religion and society are impossible.
Very few of the present day agitations or movements are directed
against the principle of rule by law. These movements are for betterment
ot the law and for its execution in a manner that will give it its deserved
majesty. The desire for freedom, equality and fraternity is possessing the
hearts of people as never before and they seek these, in -their demand for
justice through law that is truly majestic.
There is practically no diminution of respect for authority, for, in our
republic, authority means the people, but there is a serious movement
against assumed authority, thai perversion of authority which maintains
that the rights of one set, or class, or element of mankind are superior to
the rights of others. We are becoming stronger republicans, rather than
weaker, for we are more clearly seeing that the law must be for all alike;
that the law that is not thus or is not executed in such spirit has no majesty
and cannot command respect
Respect can only be won or held by desert. Present day progress means
the obliteration of false authority that has earned disrespect and it has real
terrors only for those who have selfishly and abnormally profited by the de
ceit, i '
Napoleon's last home on the Island
of St. Helena is in a deplorable con
dition. The doors are open night and
day. All the rooms are empty, save
the one in which the exiled emperor
breathed his last. This contains a
small altar and a bust of the con
queror of Europe.
Outside one of the recruiting
depots in a large town a sergeant saw
a smart young milkman, and, think
ing to get ' a fresh recruit, said,
"Young man, would, you like to serve
the King?" "Rather!" said the milk
man eagerly. "How much does he
want? A pint?" '