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V THE ROUND-ABOUT ROAD XO JUSTICE
A worker in an eastern brewery one day went to theboss and said that
a co-worker had been stealing'beer. Shopmates of the accused man rallied
to his defense and told the boss that if he didn't "fire" the accuser they'd
tie up the plant
The accuser was "fired," whereupon he sued for damages the men
who had forced him out.
The local judge refused to- send -the, case to the jury, holding that the
plaintiff had no ground for action. Plaintiff appealed and the higher court
ordered a re-trial.
At the second trial a new judge ruled that woriringmen have the right
to combine in. a refusal to 'work with, an, objectionable co-worker, provided
they do it "without evil intent."
v. Once more there was an appeal; and a second time the higher court
reversed the lower Gourt, holding that, although the combination of the ac
cused man's friends to "get" the accuser was no longer viewed by .the law
as a criminal conspiracy, It rendered its members liable to whatever dam
ages a jury might assess."
"The courts are still bound," the opinion of the higher court concludes,
"to protect the humblest laborer."
If we were to tell you the name of the state in which this ruling was
made, its last sentence might strike you as a joke the statejjf Pennsyl
vania. But as an instance of how courts twist and squirm the case is inter
esting apart from its geography.
Do you see any need at all for so much backing and hauling?- Isn't
the way to human jnstice quite straight and plain? Why not pick a jury of
woriringmen and let them decide? They'd soon find out whether the "fired"
man had informed with good motive or had merely framed up a job of spite.
f ROBBING PEfERTOENRICH PAUL
When you ship a carload of freight into one of the large cities, do you
get, in free terminal service, a rebate equal in value to the whole amount of
the freight charge?
You do not,
The answer is simple: You haven't a pull.
Louis Brandeis makes it clear that some of the big shippers have pulls.
The Standard Oil has one. The steel trust has one. The rail highways are
NOT yet 'open on terms of equality to all who have to use them. Privilege
is still barricaded behind preferred warehouses, "with its machine guns train
ed to repel invaders.
Preferential treatment at a railway terminal is, of course, a disguised
robbing of Peter to pay Paul Peter being the 85 per 'cent and Paul the 15.
If the railroads want more income, let them first make Paul pay what
he should before asking to be allowed to assess a higher charge on poor,
TAKES HER UP
"Now, Freddie, once for all, will
you wash your face and hands?"
"Sure thing, if it's once for all!"
"What's most liable to get broke
about your automobile?"
'The owner," " replied Mr. Chug
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