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A JUDGE TO JUDGMENT
A judge there is who lias seen the light. Still so rare are specimens of
Ms type that we think you will he interested in him. He is WESLEY D.
HOWARD of the appellate division of New York's supreme court. Address
ing a group of law students a few days ago, he said:
"The hu^est fortunes, and, in many instances, the most abject poverty of
all apes exist in this country; colossal corporations more powerful and
wealthy than ancient kingdoms were; gigantic combinations and trusts, un
der the command of one individual, with more men and money than Athens
had at the battle of Marathon. And children arc toiling in canneries and fam
ilies are huddled in dark basements, farms go uncultivated, and the cost of
living becomes appalling. And our laws tolerate it all.
"Brandt, the obscure valet, not guilty at all of the crime of which he
Avas accused by the millionaire, is sentenced to state prison for 30 years—
practically for life; Robin, the millionaire, the alleged wrecker of banks,
houses and homes, goes to jail for one year; Morse, who pyramided banks and
juggled with millions, gets out of prison because he is sick, while the convict
in the next cell who stole a coat, perhaps, remains there languishing with
sickness till he dies.
"The people are becoming impatient with these discrepancies In justice
and they are demanding each day in a fodder voice that there be reforms."
The indictment is flawless. The judge, though, gets a little lame when
he comes to consider a remedy. He shies away from the recall of judges or
decisions —"that," he thinks, "would precipitate anarchy:" though he does
not explain how. All he can think of is to counsel his brother judges to "un
bend from their conservatism," "not to be stubborn against innovations;"
to show "a bold purpose to do even-handed justice;" in short, to "work out
the reform themselves." Otherwise, says he:
"Something will happen. Unless the judges act, the people will act; if
they do not resort to the recall they will revise the constitution and create
new courts —courts to do rough justice— courts to do summary justice;
courts close to the common people; courts without technicalities, sophistry
and delay; and where substantial right prevails."
Why isn't that the best remedy of all?
The massive walls of tho Pierce county jail tremble with the vibratory
prajrers of tho prisoners who in loud and pertinacious outflowing of soul
plead with tho county commissioners to save them from their moribund state
and "give 'em hash".
They cry <ntt in anathemas Against mush. They imprecate against the
<;hoss feed" fare, they are not vegetarians and don't want to be and so they
life up their voices in strident supplication for the good old days of meat.
But the commissioners are adamant.
There are plenty of people in the world who are ready to testify that
the inmates of the jail are there because they did eat of the flesh that de
files, and possibly the Pierce county commissioners are going to test this
vegetarian philosophy out and see whether a diet of good old fashioned mush
will not work a reform in the lives of these unfortunates.
If meat maketh the prisoner to offend then he shall eat no meat while
the world standeth, and his voluminous .supplications on the subject of hash
shall fall on deaf ears.
It is not to be considered for a moment that good old Scotch oatmeal or
the corn mush of the fathers will constitute such a meager fare as will cause
the prisoners to waste away and become incapacitated for the arduous duties
of life they expect to assume when they get out, so possibly it might be well
to let the commissioners try out this mush proposition for awhile.
Nobody is going to die eating oatmeal mush and peach juice, and if the
fare is unpopular it may be the means of deterring a few who have been
thinking seriously about breaking into jail.
THE RECALL'S DEFEAT
The people of Washington have been misrepresented again.
By 60 to '.V 2, lacking five votes of a constitutional majority of two-thirds,
the house refuses to let the people have a chance to sa}' whether the 3' believe
in the recall of the judiciary or not.
It is not a question of recalling any judge. It is simply a question of al
lowing the sovereign voters of this state to exercise the right of self-govern
ment in saying whether they want the policy of judicial recall established in
Washington or not. It is possible when submitted to the people they might
refuse to adopt the policy, but it is not probable.
By the controlling minority in the house does not intend the people
should have the right to even say what the policy of the government shall be
much less the right to say when a judge has been recreant to his duty of serv
ing the people.
This action is the last stand of special interests.
The lawmaking power has been taken by the people through the initiative
and referendum. All special interests ran do now is to control the courts and
render ineffective all laws that are unsatisfactory.
That is what the vote in the house j esterday meant.
It was notice served on the people by the reactionary minority of the
house that the people shall not rule in Washington but that special interests
shall still have a chance to control the judiciary with no power in the hands of
the people to make effective protest.
H. J. McGregor talked himself out
of office knocking the gravity water
system and he is still at it.
It's all right to put in an afternoon
eulogizing the dead if there is nothing
else *o- do, but the average man would
prefer the legislature, which is costing
f3 a minute, would pass some good leg
islation for the living.
The result of registration downstairs
at the city hall yesterday will make it
awfully hard for boosters in the future
to prove that Tacomans are not lazy.
Jimmy Davis was the only Pierce
county representative to stand fur the
old reactionary program of judicial
idolatry against the recall bill.
Oh, well, what would all the headline
writers on all the papers do if that Bal
kan war had stopped. "War" is easy
to shoot into an eight column head.
editorial Pa<*c of Cfie Cacoma Cimes
Why not leave the question of feed
ing prisoners up to the various domes
tic science teachers of Tacoma? They
might all agree upon a diet. It's a
iiiich that the sheriff and Commission
er Reed can't.
Inventor Maxim declares he is going
to stop all noise in the cities within
the next five years. Let us hope he
stops that fog bell noise in Tacoma dur
ing the fog season.
Sacramento ministers boasts: "You
can hoar a pin drop when I pray." But
can you hear a sinner drop, doctor?
Praying the pins off 'em isn't much
progress toward salvation.
San Diego Gas Co. has got up a won
derful reviving apparatus called a pul
rnotor. They use it on half-drowned
people pretty well, but haven't got up
anything to revive the people who got
THE TJ&SOMA TIMES.
OUTBURSTS OF EVERETT TRUE
By the Junior Office Boy
lly the Junior Offls Hoy.
n. jr., feb. 4. —lizzy Johnson has
got to find some new way to get
rid of her husbend
the way she tride didn't work
worth a durn
liz/ys husbend's name is sam
yule, and 1 goss she dident like
him, or sunithing, because she
brought a lawgoot to have their
inarridge declared off
the.grounds was that saniyule
had lung trouble before he mar
ried her but he dident tell her
nuthing about it
and after they was married
the lung trouble got bo bad that
saniyule had to go away to the
mountains for his helth, him be
ing all run down
so then when she found out
about him being a fizzical reck,
and having deseaved her by not
telling her nuthing about It, she
went to law to get rid of him
the lawsoot come up before
judge newburger, and mrs. John
son went on the stand and was
telling about samyule being so
sickly and never letting on nuth
ing about it
while she was 'talking the
judge he heard a grea snorting
and grunting coming from sum
stop a moment, mrs. Johnson,
he says, what is that strainge
nose i hear in the court
MR. SKYGACK FROM MARS
it's the defendnt, your honor,
sayn a lawyer
dear me, says the judge, where
ia this defendent, i want to see
him, will the 2defendent please
so a feller stood up, and the
judge says, well my goodness
gracious, there must be some
mistake here, come up closer
.so the young man he come up
closer In front of the judge, and
evryboddy in court looked at him
and hollered, and lizzy got very
red in the face
it was her poor samyule all
right, but he dident look exactly
like a reck
he was 6 feet high and
weighed 230 pounds and he
looked like he could push the
woolworth bilding over any time
he had a fow mlnnits to spare
case dismissed, says the judge,
and he was pretty mad, too, and
so was lizzy mad, but samyule he
just laffed and laffed and winked
at all the policemen johny
First Doctor—Had a couple of
old patients this morning.
Second Doctor —Indeed! Who
First Doctor—One was a book
keeper with the hives and the
other a grass widow with hay fer
Todmj's Best Story.
A Scotchman landed in CanaCta
not long ago. The very first morn-
Ing he walked abroad he met a
coal-black negro. It happened
that the negro had been born in
the Highland district of Scotland
and had spent the greater part of
his life there. Naturally, he had
a burr on his tongue.
"Hey, mannie," said the pink
Scotchman, "can ye no tall me
wheer 111 find the kirk?"
The darky took him by the arm
and led him to the corner. "Go
richt up to yon wee noose and
turn to ye're richt, and gang up
the hill. 1 said he.
The fresh importation from
Scotland looked up at him In hor
ror. "And arre ye from Scot
land, mon?" he asked.
"R-richt yeu arre," said the
darkey. "Aberdeen's ma hame."
"And hoo lang have ye been
"AUoot ta year," said the dar
"Lord save us and keep us!"
said the new arrival. "Whnur
can I get the boat for Edinbro?"
.In<i Read 'Km.
"I ain't losln' my faith ia hu
man nature," said Uncle Eben,
"but I kain't hep noticin' flat
dere'B alhis a heap mo' ahticies
advertised 'Lost' dan dar is
'Found.' " —Washington Star.
Fanner Soboss—Well, there-s
another lit-ry guy bought a farm
back here and gone to raising
chickens. He's got over 1,000
He must he a food writer to sup
port so many hens as that! —
Copy Rfader —Here's a story
from the Southwest about a mau
who says he took a canoe ride
down a river that ran at the rate
of sixxty miles an hour HoWll
I head It?
Editor —Current Fiction —Chi-
"Why didn't you gtve those
men before whom you testified
"My dear sir," replied Mr. Dus
tltt Stax, "I was addressing an
investigating committee, not lec
turing to a class in a business
HM Too Hasty.
"Yes, sir," averred the New
York man, "my house was robbed
—looted in broad daylight."
"Where were the police?"
"Now, hold on. I don't gay the
police are mixed up in it."—
"Among tli' good res'lutlons re
corded in Beeleysport is that of
l)i-ii€-<in Winesap. . T!»' deacon de
clares he will not invest in any
more gold bricks unless th' same
are engraved without extra
"Well, boy, what do you know?
Can you write a business letter?
Can you do sums?"
"Please, sir," said the applicant
for a job, "we didn't go in very
much for those Btudies at our
school. But I'm flne on head
work or clay-modelling."
Mothers Can Safely Buy
Dr. King's New Discovery and
give it to the little ones when ail
ing and suffering with colds,
coughs, throat or lung troubles,
tastes nice, harmless, once used,
always used. Mrs. Bruce Craw
ford, Niagara, Mo., writes: "Dr.
King's New Discovery changed
our boy from a pale weak sick
boy to the picture of health." Al
ways helps. Buy it at Ryner
Malstrom Drug Co., 938 Pacific
to the: public
I have been suffering nervous
prostration for a
good many years and
could not find any
relief with all other
medicines until I
look the Yee Wo's
rootß and herbs rem
edy. I am now fully
restored In my
health and desire to
recommend Yee Wo'i
remedy to any suf
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Tm'Wo Chinese 'Medicine Co.
T»e Wo Chinese Medicine Co.
have successfully treated many ob
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* lAVimVJ Editorial Uept. Main 794.
OFFICE—77O-778 OOMMSRCK ST.
Who's Who In Turkish Tangle
By An Ameijrnii Diplomat
One day a few years ago at
about the time when rumors of
an approaching revolution vote
flying thick and fast through the
length and breadth of the Turk
ish empire, t lit- old sultan heard
that one of his bravest youns of
ficers, ENVER BEY, a dwhlng
young major, was plotting with
the Young Turk party. Me dis
patched an aide to Enver Bejr'l
apartments, with the information
that Abdul Hamid would be de
lighted to have a chat with the
Enver Bey bowed low to the
aide and in a most humble and
loyal manner begged him to tell
the "king of kings" that he
woiiJd make haste to the p;i!ace.
Euver Bey did make haste,
such great Ivaste that he didn't
take along any extra turban, but
it was to Macedonia, and not to
the sultan that he hastened.
A historian of the period re
marks that if Enver Bey had
called upon Abdul Hamid that
day "his body would have been
carried by the swift current of
the Bosphorus out of human kern."'
In Macendonia Enver Bey
helped kindle a little revolution
and joined forces with the other
Young Turks in the dethroning
of the old sultan. After that he
was one of the most popular offi
cers In the army, and during the
war with Italy played a promi
nent and daring part in Tripoli.
TALAAT BEY, who recently,
with Enver Bey, headed the
Young Turk party that demanded
resignation of the aged vizier,
Kianiil Pasha, and who later
went to .Nazi m Pasha's palace
and killed him, has played a
smaller part In Turkish hißtory
than Enver Bey. After the old
IN THE EDITOR'S MAIL
Everybody in Pierre county reads this column. Short let
ters from Times renders, of general interest and without per.
sonal malice, will be printed. Write about anything or anybody
you wish, but do not have malice at* your motive. Many letters
are not printed beranse they are too long. Keep 'em short.
Gig- Harbor, W'n., Jan. 27, 1313.
In addition to the plan for state
insurance as introduced by Senators
Cotter and Iverson, I suggest a
compulsory lncurance act for work-
Ing men and women having families
as a rational and scientific method
of reducing poverty and pauperism.
Compulsory insurance in private
companies Is now being discussed
in insurance circles, but we are
past that stage of development, as
any one can see who studies the
history of the evolution of tli« race.
At a recent banquet of the Seattle
branch of the Puget Sound Under
writers' association, one of their
members is reported as sayinK:
"If I had the power to frame the
laws I wuold compel every one to
carry life insurance. If we had
a law to that effect, we would have
The actuating principle of pri
vate business is PltOKlT—in public
business it la BBRVICB. The pub
lic has made a pronounced success
of the handling of mall, of postal
banks and the parcel post. For the
<-eople collectively to handle tholr
own Insurance business Is only an
other step up the ladder of human
This law lias paused the "freak"
or experimental stage. It Is now
operating fully nnd successfully in
Germany and partially In some oth
er European states. Shall others
lead while we always follow?
MRS. ALICE P. YARNKLL.
The Bank of California
Gapital and Surplus..... $16,300,000.00
Ran Francisco ' Portland Tacoma Seattle
'.' ; TACOMA BRANCH l^C'A
r The Bank of California Building, Tacoma. r
Turn to the fflfflT* Want Ads
Tuesday, Feb. 4,1918.
Talaat It. y
cabinet resigned Talaat Bey act
ed as secretary of the interior
until the present cabinet was
formed. Both he and Enver Bey
are too military to take any civil
position as long as there Is an
opportunity to fight on a battle
Mahmoud Sliofket Pasha, the
man they helped make grand
vizier, is the most forceful figure
of modern Turkish history. He
was born in Bagdad, and is mm •
the Arab than a Turk. Also, ho
is a soldier, a writer, an orator,
and the best politician in Turkey
today. He commands the Youns;
Turk army when it entered Con
stantinople and forced Abdul
ll;iniici into retirement. lie will
hold ilie war portfolio in the new
cabinet, as he did in the last.
Should the monarchy be over
thrown and a republic made of
Malimoud Nliefkrt I'uslia
Turkey, Mahmoud Shefket Panha
is more than likely to be the first
Turkish president. There is no
Turk so well qualified to hold
Tacoma. Wn.. Feb. 1. 1913.
To the Kdltor of the Times:
I notice by an article published
in an afternoon paper, under data
of January 80, that Sheriff Jamie
son and County Commissioner Reed
are still fighting over the boarding
of the county prisoners, and that
they keep "dragging" my name In
to the matter. Now, I am not con
cerned in any way about their dif
ferences: their troubles are nothing
to i»p, but just to set them right I
will «ay this: The amount they
claim 1 made on boarding county
prisoners is erroneous. In the two
years I was sheriff the prisoners
were well fed and no complaint
was mailu either to me or anyone
else. The prisoners offered to make
affidavit when 1 left office that
they had been well fed. and if they
got as much under the new admin
istration they would bo well satis
1 will say this: All the prison
ers in the county Jail, while I was
sheriff, that worked around the
building as "trusties" or otherwise,
and all government prisoners, re
ceived three meals a day. which In
cluded sugar, butter, cream, meat,
potatoes, bread and coffee; which
I am sure, if the same was given
today, there would be no complaints