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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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Portland, Ore., Jan. 27. Courts
the whole process Qf criminal juris
prudence are held irT-contempt by
Judge John H. Stevenson of the mu
nicipal court here.
"It merely adds to the misery of
people who need help," he says. "It
does not cure evil. I am sick and
Judge John H. Stevenson
tired of the whole farcical proced
ure." For this reason Judge Stevenson
has handed in his resignation, to be
come effective Feb. 1. He has been
on the bench over two years. Mayor
Albee tried, unavailably, to persuade
him to reconsider.
"My whose purpose," explained
Judge Stevenson, "is to get away
from the burden of sending people to
;iLand imposing jjenalttss. , .1 have
been doing this for several years.
Now I'm through. Let somebody else
do it
"When I send a man to jaD for.
drunkenness, what have I accom?
plished? Whjle he's in jail his wife
and children are deprived of any part
of his earnings, and he gets drunk
again as soon as he gets out
"When I send a thief to jail, ,do I
help either the thief or society? I do
"When he gets out he's still atrjief,
and a jailbird besides.
"When I send a woman to jail for
immorality, do I halt or hinder the
.manufacture .of fallen women be
cause of social conditions with which
the courts do not concern them
selves? .
"The work the farce of adminis
tering so-called justice has become
so distasteful to me that I can con
tinue it no -longer, although to be
frank, I need the $3,300 the office
pays. I am going back to my-private
Manya man has drawn a stiff fine
or gone to jail for "contempt of
court" But what about a judge to
whom all courts are in contempt?
Another little girl was sacrificed
upon the altar of wanton passion in
Englewood last night Fully a score
of little girls have been similar vic
tims in the past fey months.
Last night as a 10-year-old girl
who lives near S. LaSalle and 53d
st was passing Wentworth av. on
52d st. a big boy, about 19 years old,
she thinks, pounced upon her. He "
stuck a handkerchief in her mouth,
and dragged her into an alley. A
passer-by who heard her moans
found her unconscious on the ground.
That her name may not be blight
ed, if she survives, it will not be pub
lished, here

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