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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 26, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 15

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state was reviewing the case and be
fore a decision had been reached,
Hillyer insisted on sentencing Lawson
to life imprisonment at hard labor
and refused bail pending appeal of
the case.
We believe every American citizen,
every man, woman and child in
''America who believes in liberty
should read Lawson's statement
when the rotten court asked him if
he had anything to say why sentence
should not be passed upon him. Here
is what Lawson had to say, standing
erect before the unjust judge:
"It is plain," Lawson said to the
court, "that nothing I can say or do
will change your fixed determination
to start me down the dark path to im
prisonment for life.
"First of all, in the name of the
courts, of my country, which I re
spect, I protest against your right or
power to pass any judgment against
me. It is undesired in this case that
you were appointed to the bench this
spring for the trial of myself and my
associates, fresh from the employ
mest of the very coal operators of
Colorado and the country, including
the Rockefellers, who have pressed
and engineered these prosecutions.
"You were so deeply prejudiced
against me that my case was a trav
esty of justice from the start. Today
the supreme . court of Colorado in
Denver is reviewing your conduct and
yet you refuse to wait another 24
hours for the guidance of that court's
"Second, you refused to permit the
jury to be drawn from the regular
jury jox provided by law and you
ordered an open venire. This method
was exactly adapted to procure what
none was surprised to discover; a
hand picked jury of coal ocmpany
"Nothing was permitted to stand in
the way, and it is significant that
even a jury so selected refused to
convict me until a baliff selected by
you, according to affidavits on file in
this court, tortured a juryman with
manufactured reports of the danger
ous illness of the jurror's wife, and as
a final stroke warned the jury under
your orders that jury would have
nothing further to eat until they gave
their verdict.
"May I ask whether judicial trav
esty is not the right description of
such proceedings?"
Mrs. Marion Craig Wentworth,
prominent feminist, who says women
should refuse to bear children to be
sacrificed for war. She is the author
of "War Brides."
When one rips out threads they
wish they had three hands. Use
a fine Bteel crochet" hook and the
work is easily done. Pull out bast
ings the same way.

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