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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 26, 1913, Image 25

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the social scale than "he is. It isn't
politeness: its class feeling.
The London street car conductors
say "Thank you," when you give
them your fare. For the first few
days in London it pleases you. Then,
after that, you begin to see that it's
not politeness. If you'll notice, you'll
discover that he doesn't say "Thank
you" to anybody in old clothes. And,
atter you've been in London for a
time, his "thank you" nauseates' you.
In America, as I see America
through -European eyes, humanity
got a new start, a new toe-hold, on
the road of progress.for it was born
at a time when ordinary human folks
had been all but utterly licked by the
upper classes of Europe. It gave tired
humanity another grip. I like to call
it the land of humanity's second wind.
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Clinton, III., Sept. 26. Wreckers
tearing down thefamous old man
sion erected here orty years ago by
Col. Thomas Snell unearthed the re
mains of a child buried in a starch
box that had been skilfully concealed
within the walls of the house. The
flesh had dropged from the bones,
leaving only the skeleton remaining.
No evidence was Introduced to
show how the body may have reached
its hiding place. Col. Snell lived in
the mansion until his death seven
years ago and only one family has
.occupied it since.
Col. Snell's death waa followed by
a sensational attempt to break his
will on the ground that he was in
sane, and testimony was introduced
that at least one husband consented
to his wife selling her affections to
the mansion owner and that both
connived in using their 14-year-old
daughter 'as a lure for his wealth.
o o v.
Hinecliff, Miss. Nine men were
arrested as mob leader following
-lynching of Walter Brownlee, negro
charged with attacking planter's
The following is a copy of a letter
sent to Judge Fry:
"Judge S. H. Fry, Auto Speeding
Court, City:
"Dear Sir As reform all along thd
line is the watchword of the Public
Safety Commission even among
those at trie top, permit' me to call
your attention to an 'everyday pro
cedure in your court that stimulates
fraud, suggests lying to men otherwise-honest
and helps to perpetuate
'four flushing' on the part of both
prosecution and defense.
"When an automobile driver is un
fortunate enough to run down' a
pedestrian and is confronted in court
with the brutal and mediaeval charge
of having made an assault with a
deadly weapon with intent to do
bodily injury he naturally reacts with
certain feelings and sensations.
"At first the grotesque, exagger
ated charge seems like a practical
joke, but on realizing that it is being
entertained seriously by the attor
neys, the police and the court, he
proceeds to erect a battery of lies
with which to defend himself, and
with such an example of gross, inde
fensible bombast on the part of our
authorities what are we to expect
from commoners?
"Suppose we agree .that our tradi
tional court procedure must still be
hampered by this fantastic phraseol
ogy in other fields of jurisprudence,
why cannot the Speeding Court be
the first to encourage the truth and
be onthe square by simply Charging
the culprit in plain terms with having
run down a pedestrian with his au
tomobile and that he is haled into
court to ascertain the extent of the
injury and to fix the blame. I would
like to hear of just one case being
conducted on the square without
'four flushing' on the part' 'Of the po
lice, the court, the attorneys for the
defense. Respectfully,
"Parker H. Sercombe,
"5523 Dorchester Ay." ,
' 1 -- j5 Wll

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