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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N." D. COCHRAN
Justice in Colorado. Here's a sam
ple of justice in the coal counties of
Colorado, where the coal operators
own the government:
District Attorney J. J. Hendricks
testified before the Federal Industrial
Relations Commission at Denver, and
was asked his question:
"Do the people believe that the
courts are fair in the trial of civil
damage Suits against the coal com
panies?" Answer: "I don't think so. I
know that the last district judge, who
was" on the bench six years, never al
lowed any personal injury suit of the
kind to go to the jury not one. He
always took the verdict out of the
hands of the jury and found in favor
of the company."
And yet there are patriots of the
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., type who
want people to love and respect the
law. Rocokefeller loves and respects
the law when he owjis its administra
tion; and expects others to love and"
respect it, too'.
Consolation. What if War de
stroys all of the churches and cathe
drals of Europe!
What if War destroys 'old master
pieces of art, historic paintings, mon
uments of rare architecture J
What if towering spires are tum
bled to ttie ground as a pile of stone
Still nothing that Christ gave to
the world some two thousand years
ago will perish. Nothing that He
gave will be lost to humanity. All
that is good of the Christian philoso
phy or religion will still be the, her
itage of the human race.
His contribution was not ofstone,
or glass, or cloth, or mud, or water
He did not preach tq. the people in
million-dollar architectural piles
with stained glass windows and walls
adorned with the work of master
painterss, .The jShrisfonityjjf Christ 1
did not need material embellishment.
There was no steam heat in his
temple, no electric lights just the
blue dome of heaven and the twin
kling stars; and they will still ba,
with us when the war is over. .
And the poor sinners whom Christ
loved will still be persecuted for sin
ning and for being poor.
Compensation. The law of com
pensation is ever at work even dur
ing wartime. What a great relief it
must be for a business" man in the
war zone to lose all his business and
property and have to go to war and
become a man again. He doesn't
even have to pay his bills. All he has
to do is eat, sleep, fight and get
killed. His house isn't even mussed
up with a funeral.
DEFENSE OF LAWYERS
Editor Day Book I"must disagree
with your opinion that the legal pro
fession has degenerated so badly that
you would not trust it "to pick judges.
While many members of bar associa
tions are big corporation lawyers,
and, therefore, often more Interested
in helping their clients to break or
evade laws for their profit, such mem
bers as these are in a great minority,
I have known lawyers of this city in
timately for the past twenty years,
and I believe that these lawyers have
a higher,, average of honest and able
men among them than any other
profession or business.
While I must admit that the per
sonnel of lawyers has degenerated as
the personnel 6f other, professions
and businesses has degenerated in'
the last generation through the de
velopment of big business and over-'
crowding, of cities, the personnel of
the lawyers has suffered less than,
that of other professions and busi-"
ness callings because a large num-r
ber of lawyers are still what may be
called free lances. -