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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 25, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Editorial. Monroe 353
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1 elepnones Circulation. Monroe 8828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Hall. United
States and Canada, 33.00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at he postotllce at Chicago,
IIL, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
A DIFFERENCE. Speaking of
Leo Prank, a writer says: "He has
been tried by a jury of 12 men and
found guilty," which is true, and
"He has been tried by a jury of
100,000,000 people and acquitted,"
which is not true, at least it is to be
hoped not
To demand interference in Frank's
case because of belief in his inno
cence is one thing. To demand it be-
cause of knowledge that he did not
get a fair trial is quite another. The
difference is as wide and deep as the
Pacific ocean. It is the difference
between anarchy and justice under a
form of government guaranteeing all
men equality before the law.
In a republic there is hardly a more
dangerous thing, especially to men
without wealth and power, than in
terence with jury verdicts that have
been arrived at in fairness and in full
protection of the rights of the ac
cused. The whole fabric of equality
rots when justice, fairly and honestly
secured, is beaten down. On the oth
er hand, our whole civilization will rot
when there is no strong popular pro
test against denial of fair trial.
Not ten thousand of our hundred
millions of people are as competent to
judge of the guilt or innocence of Leo
Frank as is any one member of that
jury. But the whole nation, includ
ing courts, high, and low, that have
handled the case, knows that Frank
was not free. The judge was not
free. No part of the legal machinery
was free. To hang a man, guilty or
innocent, after such a travesty on
justice arid equality is lynching, and
no courtroom walls, judicial ermine
or legal forms can conceal its abhor
rent features.
In behalf of constitutional rights
of men, the governor of Georgia
should intervene, though he believes
Frank to be as guilty as Satan him
self. It is not well that all humanity
should suffer lest one guilty man be
not hanged.
Mr. Hoist having decided to let his
Liberty Bell go to the San Francisco
exposition do you suppose Georgem
cohan will let us use his American
flag in case we get into a war?
The woman who says the $25 a
week alimony allowed her would not
keep her in shoes need not do any
further explaining as to the reasons
for the divorce.
Mr. J. D. Rockefeller is correct; he
didn't direct the Colorado Fuel and.
Iron strike; he merely directed the
directors who directed it.
Let's don't fight Germany; let's
give them the Philippines and make
some real trouble for them.
Spring fever, nothing; we've got
spring frost bite.
History repeats itself: Rome howls.
irs usufiLLY urm wt
did not have a fair trial. The jury

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