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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N." D.COCHRAN
The Difference in Judges. Wni.
Greene writes a letter that brings up
an interesting subject. Here is the
"Editor Day Book: What difference
, is there between a judge who will al
r low peaceful picketing and one who
will not? In other words, what differ
ence is there between Judge Stewart
and Judge Windes?
In granting an injunction restrain
ing therstriking waitresses from silent
picketing, Judge Windes has taken
fromthe striking waitresses their just
Injunctions prohibiting peaceful
5" picketing are detrimental to workers
and-far more detrimental to the
judges. It shows up the judges in
fheir true colors and inculcates into
the minds oMhe workers a cordial
hatred for modern justice and the
present application of the law.
Suppression invariably crystalizes
into revolution. Whether the impend
ing revolution will be political in its
nature or industrial depends very
largely to what extent the workers
have been suppressed.
At all events, when the reaction
takes place, when the revolution
breaks forth, the powers that be will
have only themselves to blame. They
are-the creators of their own destiny.
They have seen the handwriting on
the wall, delineated in Colorado, in
Paterson, in Lawrence and in Chi
cago. The proletarian is beginning to
think and when he has reached the
limit of liis endurance no barriers
will be big enough or strong enough
to stand between him and industrial
freedom. William Greene.
Of course, the difference between
judges is merely the difference be
tween men. One judge may be wiser
than the other; he may have more
courage, more imagination and a
clearer understanding of what law is.
Any lawyer who has been admitted
to the bar may be elected a judge
provided he belongs to the party,that
has the otes to put him over There
are exceptions, but the rule we go
by is to elect men as judges because
they happen to be Democrats or Re
publicans. Generally it makes littie or no1- dif
ference what else they may happen
to be. ,
I don't know either Judge Stewart
or Judge Windes, and don't know
anything about either of them. Bas
ing my opinion, however, on the way '
both handled the picketing cases, I
should say that Stewart knows as '
much law as Windes, but has more '
I don't think the law was what
bothered any of the judges; and I
don't think it was because Judge Mc- l
Goorty thought that three judges J
could find out better than one what
the law was, that he called Judges '
Baldwin and Windes into the Hen- '
fici case. , ' ,
I may be mistaken, of course, "but '
the impression I got at the time was
that three judges' might stand the '
burden of criticism better than one.. I
Judge Stewart tackled it alone when
it canie before him, and it didn't take
him long to hold tha.t peaceful picket
ing was lawful. And he didn't stand
for any monkey-business from , the
cops that made tbe pinch.
I don't think contempt for law -is
anywhere near as general as con- '
tempt for what some judges say the
law is. There is a quite general con- '
tempt for contemptible judges, but
that is neither contempt of good law .
nor contempt of justice.
I don't despise judges so much as
I. pity them. I think most of the
judges here in Chicago are afraid of '
the political bosses and the newspa
per bosses; and that most of them '
would- be really good judges just '
judges if they did not fear the pow-
er of politicians and newspapers. '
They know that if they "displease
the newspaper and political bosses by r
doing what they think is right in in-