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the judge behind the gun
Keep your eye ton Circuit Judge McGinn of Portland. Ore. He's got a
new style judicial temperament and threatens to shock the entire legal
"I'm going to smash this thing of precedent every time I get a chance
and every time it will do any good," says his honor, McGinn. "To do some
thing just because someone else has done it is nonsense," he adds. "Pre
cedent has stalked through our courts and legislatures until it has become
a bugbear and I'm going to put on armor and use heavy artillery against it
whenever I meet it"
Go to it, McGinn! Of course, youTl mafke some mistakes, but re
juvenated Justice has got to creep before she can run, and hog-tied by
precedent, as now, she seldom gets anywhere.
Civilization, such as it is, is due to the fact that some oldtime McGinn
smashed the precedent of climbing trees for acorns, sleeping in holes and
eating the sabre-toothed tiger raw.
Harveyize your armor and use the 58-centimeter gun, judge, and may
your score be all bullseyes!
LETTERS TO EDITOR
AS TO NEUTRALITY
Editor Day Book I have always
been a great "booster" and admirer
of The Day Book since its birth and
thought you very just and fair, but
lately when reading some of your 1
editorials which I happen to know
something of it has caused me to
In regard to England, I have been
.there and find Miss O'Reilly is very
much mistaken in her article on the
"Queen's Sweat Shops' I expect
ot "find such articles in the Hearst
papers; not in The Day Book, where
we look for the truth.
I would call your attention to the
first few lines of her article as to
the cost of living in England. For in
stance, what is meant by "quarter"
loaves? I have heard of "quartern"
loaves which weigh 4 pounds and are
being sold for 12c, but we are pay
ing 5c for -pound loaves; I sup
pose still through the "Corner in
Wheat" And $2.50 or ten shillings
goes twice as far in England, as it
does here. Clothes are much cheaper
and more durable. How about our
American woman, 8,000 of whom in
New York are getting between $5
Leave other countries alone and
look after our own better. Thank
Gpd that all American papers are not
like Chicago, "pro-German," or the
kaiser would soon be our emperor.
Why don't they go back to their fa
therland, and the same applies to
other nationalities, especially these
so-called "hyphenated Americans." I
am not taking England's side or any
other. Are you complying with Wil
son's request to remain neutral by
stating that England was the cause of
Belgium being in the war? We
ought to stand by our president re
gardless of politics, but such state
ments as yours tends to bring about
discontent of these "hyphenated
Americans." I am American as far as
I can trace, back to General Jackson,
and proud of it Constant Reader.
A PLAN FOR REFORMERS
Editor Day Book I suppose such
unfortunates as fate has led me to
be are hardly to be expected to be
readers of your paper. Be that as it
may, I, at least, am an exception. I
have been interested in articles ap
pearing from time to time upon the
subject of doing away with well, the
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