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young fool and you have taught nie a
mdch-needed lesson. There is no
question of money and the "Eagle"
will never again publish a cartpon
like the "Convict."
He kept his woftiV
"You see," Brainerchexplained to
me afterward, "I was really quite cap
able of doing such a thing with de
liberate design, if I had known. But
nobody knew, and the man had been
the victim of his own. conscience. And
after I had seen him in. his home, and
learned that all 'men are made more
or less out of the same clay why,
the thing came home to me. And
somehow I could never put my heart
ino my work again. The managing
editor thought I had been 'fixed.' So
do the public, I guess. I'm going to
New York and, I say, I want you to
let me have a couple of hundred to
keep things going till I get started."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
AN INEXTINGUISHABLE IDEAL
Every little while, in the news, you see mention of the Mexican consti
tutibn of '57. '
Hands up of those who know .what that means!
Constitutions are only bits of paper, unless reflecting a determines' ,
popular will. It Is due to this bit of paper, however, to say that in some re
spects it is in advance of any other constitution ever drawn by man. .
It was drafted by a body of Mexican reformers at a time when for the
moment conditions were ripe for advanced thought.
In its very first article it laid down, as "the foundation and purpose of
social institutions" not the rights of property, but the "rights of men."
Though slavery then ruled over much of the United States, it declared
that in" Mexico "every one is born free; all education is free; every man is
free to adopt the profession, trade or work that suits him, it being useful
and honest and to enjoy the product thereof."
Article 5 reads like, a dream of the millenium.
"No man shall be compelled to work without his plain consent and
without just compensation. The state will not permit to become effective
any contract, pact or agreement with the purpose of the curtailment, the
loss or the irrevocable sacrifice of the liberty of any man."
Free speech, a free press, the right of petition and assembly, the in
violability of the family and domicile except for purposes of arrest under a
warrant from a proper court expressing the charge, and justice always avail
able, with court costs abolished, are some of the additional features of this
In sadness it has to be added that the constitution of '57 never -went
into full effect, in Mexico or elsewhere.
Promptly upon its promulgation the world-wide forces of reaction con
spired to strike it down.
Privilege everywhere .saw in such a program the doom of all it holds
dear; and privilege turned upon it the batteries of prejudice, ridicule and
But in the hearts of many people in Mexico as well as elsewhere it lives
as an inextinguishable ideal.
There seems to be only "two per
fect" ways of serving this luscious
fruit with cream and sugar and in
'Legal Aid Society of New Yoric
City, said to do the largest business
of any law office in the -world, han
dled 39,185 cases in 1913. The aver
age cost to its clients was -only $1.19..