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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 27, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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"The right of .the -people to. be se
cure in their persons, houses, papers
and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures, shall not be
violated; and no warrant shall issue
without probable cause, supported by
affidavit, particularly descrunng the
place to be searched and the persons
and things to be seized.
"No person shall be held to answer
for a criminal offense, unless on in
dictment of a grand jury, except in
cases in which the punishment is by
fine, or imprisonment otherwise than
in the penitentiary, in cases of im
peachment and in cases arising in the
army and navy, or m the militia, etc.:
Provided, that the grand jury may be
abolished by law in all cases.
"A frequent recurrence to the fun
damental principles" of civil govern
ment is absolutely necessary to pre
serve the blessings of liberty.'
If the people satisfy Harry Olson's
ambition and pass this law the "Bill
of Rights" will be void and a citizen
grabbed on the street by a police of
ficer without a warrant and have final
judgment passed on, him the next
morning, according to Michels.
Under Olson's plan the Municipal
Court would have final say on all
cases except murder and treason.
"Never, in the history of the great
state of Illinois, has there been such
urgent need to arise in defense of
civil liberty as exists today in cosmo
politan Chicago," says Michels. "The
general assembly has not by general
law abolished the grand jury in all
criminal cases, and yet this act at
tempts to do so for the city of Chi
cago in so far as the Municipal Court
is concerned.
"The ostracism in ancient Athens
was mild compared with the powers
conferred under this proposed law
upon an individual judge of this court
which has succeeded to the ancient
and honorable office of J. P. and
which now seeks to arrogate unto
itself powers never dreamed of by
th" founders of our democratic re
".Tust think of- a judge: of this
mighty tribunal carrying about his
person blank warrants to be issued at
random and at midnight!
"We voted for the original act be
cause we were told that the court
would be a benefit and blessing to the
poor man, that it would be the poor
man's court. Today many among
us claim that it has . developed in
practice into the poor man's tor
mentor and tyrant. Shall it now be
come our overlord by our own votes?
I trust not.
"Let taxpayers beware. The pro
posed act will develop a new army of
conservators of the peace "which will
be at the beck and call of their su
periors and ready and willing to ab
sorb not only all 'of the feea and fines
collected from unfortunates or law
breakers, but a much larger slice of
the corporate funds of the city of
Chicago than at present."
Toledo, March 27. U. S. Marshal
Lapp, with a force of deputies, is to
arrive here this afternoon to take
charge of the situation arising out of
threats by citizens to ride on street
cars forthre'e-cent fares, after mid
night, by force, if necessary.
At that hour all Toledo Kail-Light
Company franchises expire and an
"all-dav three-cent fare" ordinance
passed by the city council becomes
effective. Pending" decision of the
street car company's application for
a federal court injunction its officials,
refuse to yield.
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New terminal suggested for Dear
born station. Place called nuisance.
Harry A. Lipsky. member . o.f Board
of Education, witness in school site
quiz. Lipsky admitted Sabath sup
Officer? and collectors' of defunct
United Police subpoenaed before
grand jury. .Must tell what happened
to$66,000 "slush" fund.

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