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cause it deals with one of the most
unselfish of human emotions 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 by 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 Js 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 afterward 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 bom
in and graduated from. lie 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 the
bench who were put there through
the influence of the interests that ex
ploit the people judges who have
cruelly twisted-lthe 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 streeffailway compan
ies, gas companies, steam railway
companies and -other privately owned
service corporations get rich by rob
bing the people judges who have
freed crooked bankers who robbed
widows and orphans yet judges who
trery likely never played cards, drank
wine or failed lo attend church ser
vice with strict regularity.
So that story, beautiful as it is,
doesn't mean anything to me unless.I
know w"hat 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
those who attend. I have known
preachers' sons that never missed,
church or Sunday school service;
who attended prayer meeting on
Thursday night, and even joined the
foreign missionary society to raise
money to convert perfectly good
heathen into very poor 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 about 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
living and make her own 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's
holy prayer for her preservation
from all harm.
I can imagine her disappointment
after she came and got a job in one of
the department stores and tried to
get along on, say, $6 a week. I can
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
cent life. I can imagine her hearing
the old familiar church bell. I can
imagine her going to church and
still working for $6 a week. I can ,
imagine the rest of the story. So
I can imagine a poor, lost girL-r- ,
once Mother's darling baby,. Mother's .
blessed child, Mother's -innocent girr..
grown to womanhood yes, I can"
imagine her on the streets of Chi-,,
cago, abandoned to her shame,' ar- .
rested by policemen, chased by .po.