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N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
MO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, I LI.
Clrculatlra, Monroe SS2tt
BUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
SO oenta a Month. By MaJl, United
States and.Canada. JS.OO a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at tha pQstofflco at Chicago.
Ill, under the-ActoI,Maroh S, 1879.
THE DOUBT.IS REASONABLE.
It is unfortunate that the supreme
court of the United States should not
have been unanimous in the decision
on the Leo Frank appeal.
Few criminal trials ever held in this
country have aroused as much gener
al interest or left the reading public
as widely divided in its opinion as to
?- the guilt or innocence of the accused.
" i It was hoped that the highest tribunal
in our land, entirely removed from in
fluence of any character, past preju
dice and beyond bias, would weigh
all the evidence and finally render a
verdict which would be convincing.
Few people would have liked to have
seen sustained Frank's plea that his
rights had been violated because of
his absence from the courtroom when
the verdict was returned. If guilty he
well merits the extreme penalty and
to avoid it on a technicality would
have enraged the Georgia public to
a dangerous point. But the judges
did not agree on that or many other
The reasonable doubt still exists in
the minds of the wholly unprejudiced.
It places Georgia's governor in a
most awkward position, but for the
sake of humanity and his state's fair
name it is to be hoped he will be
strong enough to extend executiye
clemency to the length of commuting
Frank's punishment to life imprisonment.
S ' SHORT ONES
Waiting for definite, decisive news
from the war zone reminds one of
the young reporter who made his first v
visit to the supreme court in Wash-v
ington. At noon a friend met him
leaving the court chamber In disgust.
"What's the matter?" inquired the
"That's a of a court," snapped
the "reporter. "I've been sitting in
there three hoursand haven't hlard
them say $5 'and 'posts "oifce."
We are commencing" to, suspect
that Mr. Barnes brought that suit just
to make the people of New York un
derstand he still is dos&
We are momentarily expecting to
hear that the spade has brought suit
for libel because it was called a spade.
The polecat appears to be the only
thing in the. world that can remain J
neutral and please both, sides. r
When a man declares marriage is a
failure his wife can give the reasons
why it is.
r About seven-tenths of the war
news now is concerning peace. Af
The Bore They told me a moment
ago that you were not at home when
I called at your house, so I was rather
surprised when I met you coming out,
The" Girl So was L