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cause it deals with one of the most
unselfish of ntfhian etndtion& a
But when I got through with the
story I was unsatisfied it ended with
the boys following George into the
church service. Something that won't
hurt anybody, of course.
But the story starts out hy saying
that George and his companions were
law students and all of them sons of
Christian parents. It is fair to assume
that they graduated, were admitted to
the bar and became lawyers. Pos
sibly George himself became a judge.
It is possible, at least, that some of
the law students became judges.
It may be that all of them became
regular church attendants, and that
none of them, ever afterwar J played
cards or drank wine.
But I would like to know what else
they did, as lawyers or judges. The
crookedest corporation lawyer I ever
knew never drank wine or played
cards. He was a' prominent member
of my church or the one I was bora'
in and graduated frpnu He was such
an 'all-fired good Methodist that he
wouldn't read a Sunday newspaper.
But what he wouldn't do to get a
franchise ordinance through a coun
cil or win a case in court wasn't
worth talking about.
I presume there are judges on thel
bench who were put there through
the influence of the interests that ex
ploit the people judges who have
cruelly twisted the law to make it
help the strong oppress the weak
judges who have accepted railway
passes and then kissed the hand that
passed the passes out judges who
have helped street railway compan
ies, gas companies, steam railway
companies and other privately owned
service corporations get rich by rob
bing the people-rjudges who have
freed crooked bankers who robbed,
widows and orphans yet judges who
very likely never played cards, drank
wine or failed to attend charch ser
vice with strict regularity.
So that story, beautiful as it is,
doesn't mean anything to me unless I,
know what kind of men George and
his companions grew up to be what
kind of lawyers and judges they Were.
The mere matter of attending
church service cuts no figure. It all
depends upon what religion means to 9
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preachers' sons that never missed 1
who attended prayer meeting on
Thursday night, and even joined the
foreign missionary society to raise
money to convert perfectly good
heathen into very Dpor Christians.
And I have known them to go the
human limit in dissipation in after
There are other stories that would
read just as well as the one abouC a
son's courageous action. I imagine"'
a true story could be written about
a pure, sweet girl starting for Chicago
from some small town in Illinois
coming to that big city to earn her
livingjand make her dwn way in the
world. I can imagine her being the
daughter of perfectly good Christian, '
parents, and coming with the bless
ing of a. mother's love, and a mother
holy prayer for her preservation
from all harm.
I can imagine her disappointment -n
after she came and got a job in one of
the department stores and tried to
get along on, say, $6 a week. I can4
imagine her pride, and her reluctance
to go back home and admit that she
hadn't made good.
I can imagine all the inhumanity of
her struggle to exist and live a de- A)
cent life. I can imagine her hearing
the old familiar church bell. 1 can
imagine her going to church and
still working for $6 a week. I can,
imagine the rest of the story. So'
can YOU. '
' I can imagine a- Door, lost eirl
once Mother's darlingi)aby, Mother's ',"
blessed child, Mother's innocent gir,l"
growty to womanhood -yes, I can.
imagine her on the streets of Chi
cago, abandoned to her shame, ar
rested Hy policemen, chased by po