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JUDGE NOT, LEST YE BE JUDGED
What would you say, if you were Woodrow Wilson, and were visited
by a Belgian commission complaining about German atrocities and had re
ceived a cablegram from Kaiser Wilhelm complaining about Belgian at
rocities? Well, you would entertain your visitors nicely, give everybody a re
spectful hearing, and then say:
"It is too bad. But it is none of my business." You might use more
language than this but you'd likely say just this, in effect.
Mediator in the European matter the president of the United States
can volunteer to be, with propriety, but how can he accept position as judge
of war crimes, no matter who nominates him? What could he do, were
either side plainly convicted of the other's charges?
If the plea of the Belgian commission and the cablegram of the Ger
man emperor are for the purpose of arousing American sympathy they are
mere superfluous efforts. America already fully and sincerely sympathizes
with devastated Belgium and with that splendid Germany whose best citi
zens are dying and whose wives and orphans must mourn.
Now, as not before in decades, are America's great heart and wel
coming arms open to the sufferers of all nations. But it is not her function
to sit in judgment upon the politics, the morals or the naval proceedings
of the foreign world. If all the military and naval strength of England,
Germany, France, Austria, Russia and other nations involved were wiped
out, still America would be the peacemaker and not the judge and execu
tioner. America is the natural birthplace of universal brotherhood, and, in
spite of her failures, injustices and follies, she's moving toward this. Neither
Belgian king nor German emperor can understand this.
Maybe Belgian women and children were butchered by mad German
troops. Maybe good Germans are being torn by dum-dum bullets. Amer
ica shudders at the horrors and has full sympathy for all the afflicted, but
the horrors of this war are matters for the judgment of that God on whom
the originators of the slaughter called at the start. America is not judge.
She's part of humanity that weeps with the new millions of widows and or
phans, that mourns over the foolish destruction of human happiness and
that would go to the utmost limit in securing peace under her rights and
duties as a civilized nation.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
THE RECALL OF JUDGES
Editor Day Book: It is high time
that the people turned their atten
tion toward the judiciary. That the
legal machinery of today is the great
est obstacle in road of' progress is
evidenced by the actions of such
men as Judge Killits of Toledo.
Judges, like other human beings,
are products of their environment.
The corrupt and tainted politics of
the old parties have produced cor
rupt and tainted judges.
The Supreme Court of the United
men which has ever sat in judgment
upon the will of the majority. More
power is wielded by the Supreme
Court than by the president and con
gress. From the decision of the Su
preme Court there is no appeal. Good
or bad, it stands, and the history of
the Supreme Court will be a per
petual disgrace to the judicial insti
tutions of the United States.
There is but one Temedy, to bring
judges of the Killits type to their
senses the recall.
The recall is the greatest weapon
democracy has ever wielded. Where
States is the most arbitrary body of I the recall is in effect the judge? hav