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HOW HE GOT A JQLT,
Joe Pastoriza, Houston's finance commissioner and single tax ready
demonstrator, has been shocked by an. unexpected discovery.
The bther day, for the first time, he sat as judge, in police court and
with fresh interest watched the human tide drift by.
' It brought more than "cases" to him; it. "brought human problems
challenges to his brotherhood, jolts to his preconceptions of justice.
Perceiving that most of the prisoners weren't really to blame; that they
were what conditions, not innate depravity, had made them, Joe thought
he would be generous thought he wouldn't try to fatten Houston's till by
court tolls on misfortune when so much fat privilege all around was escap
So he assessed on the guilt-pleading derelicts the minimum sentence
of "One dollar and costs!" supposing, of course, that the costs would be
' Judge, then, how he felt when he learned that the costs were eight to
twelve times the fine and meant, for the poor devil who couldn't pay them,
from three weeks to a month in jail his family, if any, meanwhile starving.
Now Joe is out with war paint on to smash so unjust a system; which in
effect makes poverty a crime. He wants at orice to cut out the court costs
as a factor in police court sentences and make the strong, not the weak, pay
It's a great educator, the average police court is-you won't know life
till you've studied it. But be careful to avoid it if you" want to feel satisfied,
with existing institutions.
NOT WHAT SHE IvlEANT
He I have your permission to call
She I shall be very pleased; but
don't forget that father switches off
the light at ten o'clock.
He That's kind of him. I'll be
there promptly at ten.
"I wish you" would join our band of
"Oh, I couldn't tramp-around in
"You don't understand. We play
bridge for charity and give tango