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The Missouri herald. (Hayti, Mo.) 1922-1990, April 21, 1922, Image 6

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Simon-Pure Democracy
With the constant increase in cost of government in Missouri and all
over the United States with the federal taxes mounting and with our
own Hyde constantly putting on the tax screws in this state so that land
now sells for taxes at a less figure than it was assessed is it not to be de
sired that there be a return to Jeffersonian simplicity which is a cardinal
feature of Democratic government, and does not the following communica
tion from a good old Democratic friend of this paper just hit the nail on
the head? Read it and see if you can give a better statement of Demo
cratic principles than he when he says :
"As a matter of fact the causes that liave contributed to the private
'high cost of living have contributed relatively to the public high cost of
government, viz: a demand for luxuries and non-essentials, and development
of a million-dollar appetite to be fed by a thousand-dollar income.
"The luxuries of yesterday, whether private or public, have become
the necessities of today, in our homes, in our businesses, and in the offices
of the tax-spender and tax-gatherers. Legislators vie with one another
to provido new sources of governmental outlay. Cliques, factions, coteries
and organized interests are continually asking and constantly receiving,
not all that they ask for, yet sufficient to add to the constantly mounting
tax bills, but never a sinecure abolished, an extravagance eliminated, 01
an impending barnacle scraped off.
"Whereas a generation ago government was comparatively simple
and relatively inexpensive, the public taste has demanded a vast numbci
of fads and innovations in government, and each succeeding legislature
has added its mickle or its muckle to our present complicated system of
super-government. The truth may as well be told, and mulled over to our
hearts' content, that we are in these fatter days governed nigh unto death
and too blind to see it or too pig-headed to acknowledge it.
"We have become addicts to the 'do it by legislation' habit, but our
state of mind is little different from that of the drunkard who had all sorts
of excuses for his hard luck in life, and marvelled with each recurrence
of the d. t.'s, but to his dying day never blamed the booze. And there
you have it, the appetite for statutory cure-alls, the increasing orgy of pri
vate and public spending, the steady drift to ward paternalism in public
aud dependence in private spheres of life.
"There is no remedy for a single one of these ills except the one
drastic remedy from which everyone shrinks, viz: a return to the simple
life and to a sane outlook upon the aims and ends of existence. After
the riot there must be a return to reason."
Thomas Jefferson, the father of Democracy, preached simplicity and
economy in government, as the basis of an enduring republic.
To resist paternalism in government is democratic.
To resist bureauracy is democratic.
To stand for the rights of local self government against the encroach
ment fil centralized government is democratic.
"That government is best which governs the least" is the very heait
of the Jeffersonian creed.
Our wide and radical departure from that creed is the cause of almost
all of the governmental ills from which we suffer today. The same ten
dencies that are confiscating by oppressive taxation the -rewards of toil
and thrity are likewise conspiring to convert citizens into subjects; to en
chain, with the countless manacies of what our correspondent correctly
terms a "super-government," the old-time freeman who glories in exer
cising his own initiative, his own responsibility.
A government democratic in soul, republican in form,can become quite
as destructive of human rights and happiness as one tha't rests upon the
"divine rights" of hereditary privilege and power. It is eternal vigilance
that is the price of liberty, under whatever form of government. Our
vigilance has drowsed and dreamed while tax eaters multiplied and the
busybodies with badges on overran the country.
Let us wake up and fight our way out while there is yet time.
. There is but one way to do it, men and women of Missouri, and that
is by the exercise of your rights and powers as citizens in your primaries,
in your conventions, and at the polls on every election day St. Joseph
(Mo.) Observer.
Pemiscot County Ukase
Wc have noticed in the daily papers reports sent out from
Caruthersville that Pemiscot County Law and Order League
has obtained the signatures of about HALF the lawyers of the
county pledging themselves not to defend persons charged
with violating the prohibition law. And it is stated that the
other HALF of the lawyers refused to sign. So the divide is
iifty-fifty, or thereabouts.
The Missouri Herald happens to know that several whb
have signed are going to withdraw their names. '
No punishment can be too severe for the bootlegger. The
4 consequences of the drinking of his own vile poison is proof of'
that. His concoction is the quaff of death. Three drinks of
"white mule" puts the drinker into an earthly hell; half a
dozen will, in most cases, put him into hell eternal. That
punishment in itself ought to be sufficient warning. But it is
not. Therefore, it becomes the duty of organized society to
lend a helping hand to save these men from themselves. But
there is some things worse than bootleggers, and an assault
upon the constitution and the rights and liberties of men is one
' of these things. Innocent men could be accused of bootlegg
ing, as some "have and will continue to be accused of all sorts
of crimes; The Bible says "It is better for 99 guilty men to go
free than for one innocent nfan to be convicted." It is more
of God's will, then, that wc protect the innocent-than to punish
the guilty. Every man is entitled to a fair trial ; he is entitled
to the advice of .an attorney and all the rights guaranteed him
under the Constitution.
Bootlegging ought to be broken up. It must be broken
up. But thei'e is a right way and a 'wrong way to accomplish
This most remarkable step on the part of the attorneys of
Pemiscot county is creating a vast amount of comment from the
press throughout the country, and as showing the trend of this
comment, we append the following from the editorial columns
of the Post-Di3patch of April 14 :
Assassinating the Constitution
The " loading lawyers'' of Pemiscot county arc reported to have
pledged themselves " not to defend any person .or persons, co-partnership
or corporation charged with violating any provision of the
liquor laws." This organization of lawyers is described as "the
most extraordinary alliance of law and order leagues in Missouri
since citizens handed themselves together to mete out justice in tho
days of Jesse James and the Younger brothers." And the law and
order leagues are said to be backed by the Missouri Antlsaloou
League, which plans to uso them in its political activities as in tho
stultification of the legal profession.
It would be impossible to believe this report were It not for the
fact that the Antlsaloou League has already demonstrated itB eager
ness to smash down every fundamental right and constitutional guar
antee in its determination to enforce its own special enactments.
Among the frenzied proposals either originating with the Antisaloon
League or enjoying its enthusiastic sanction arc the following: To
expatriate any citizen who leaves the country, or conspires with the
nationals of any other country, to violate our liquor laws; to deport
any alien convicted of bootlegging; to search the ships of any nation
on the high seas; to void the constitutional provision requiring a
warrant before house or person may be searched. Further, an at
tempt was made by the Antisaloon League's Washington lobby to in
sert into itho bill creating additional Federal judges, a provision to
the effect that Judges might be shunted about from circuit to cir
cuit in the trial of liquor cases so as to secure the certainty and
maximum beverity of conviction.
The effort to terrorize and dominate the judiciary, it seemed,
was about as far in enormity as madness could go. Yet if lawyers
can be persuaded or compelled to betray their professional oath, re
nounce the organic law, with its sacred fundamentals, abandon the
ancient tradition that a person must be presumed innocent until
proven guilty if such a legal bloc can be organized and made to fun
ction generally, then constitutional government has been assassinat
ed and the lawyers and the Antisaloon League are the assassins.
Consider Pemiscot county if the reported Law and Order Loeague
is a fact. Here is a society in which the murderer, the robber, tho
man charged with the most loathsome crime, is entitled to the ser
vices of a lawyer, and if unable to retain one himself the Court will
appoint a lawyer to defend him. But let the unfortunate citizen be
accused of violating any pfovihioi' of the liquor laws and he cannot
procure the services of a lawyer at that bar. Accusation is construed
as guilt by tho ukase of the Antisaloon League and in that hideous
perversion of law and justice tho lawyers of this so-called Law and
Order League acquiesce.
What further excesses the Antisaloon League may commit in itb
rogy of power defy prediction. But the lawyers of the country
should hesitate about joining in the debauchery of tho covenant and
the desecration of its fundamentals. "There is thunder on the
horizon as well as dawn."
It is so Intended
Circuit Judge Gilham of Illinois, in sentencing a thieving
public official to the penitentiary said, in speaking to the de
fendant: "The law is intended to be applied to all people, rich and
poor alike."
The judge is right. The law is so "intended," but is does
seem passing curious to us that the court found it necessary to
give utterance to such a time worn axiom. Is it possible that
his Honor had some misgivings on the subjects?
Perhaps the judge has sometimes wondered why it is that
a poor laborer is sent to the penitentiary for stealing a ham
five days after the commission of the crime, while the rich mur
derer staves off sentence for years, and in many cases escapes
prison altogether.
Perhaps the Judge has sometimes wondered why it is that
a well-defined felon escapes the penitentiary often because of
a trivial technicality in the indictment.
Perhaps the Judge has sometimes wondered why a poor
man is driven from pressing a just claim by the staggering cost
of court costs and fees and by the mental confusion into which
he has been thrown by a high-priced nimble-minded lawyer.
We imagine that Judge Gilham in his long and honorable
career has pondered over these things. Every man in America
with sense of equity and justice in his system has at some time
or other.
American legal procedure needs an overhauling, such an
overhauling as will remove from the path of justice the thous
ands of rocks, pitfalls and traps with which it is cluttered and
leave it a smooth, straight and shining road, over which the
rich and poor alike may tread without fear.
Today litigation is a mystic through which one can pass
only by paying large sums of money to a guide and by feeling
someone at every step and turn. To be fair the lawyer must
be plain and cleai. Involved technicalities keep lawyers in
automobiles and rich men out of jail. Legal quibbling puts
poor men out of their homes and needy ones in prison.
Get rid of the quibbles and the technalities that en
shroud justice. We shall learn to respect the blind lady more
if we get a chance to see her undisguised by the camouflage
paint of American jurisprudence.
We want to urge our readers to'buy their supplies from
those merchants who advertise in the home newspapers. This
is not only the expedient, but also the honest, legitimate and
sensible thing to do, .The business man or woman who pat-
ronize the newspapers in this respect is, nine times out of ten,
better prepared to meet the needs of the trade than those who
do not. The veryfact that they so advertise is a guaranty
that what they say is true, for were they not confident of their
ability to supply the most fastidious demands they would not
advertise. Again we say patronize the liberal minded adver
tiser. It will pay you to do it.
Of course it would be "wild and insane" to intimate that a
Republican official could be suspected of being connected with
bootleggers. Only Democrats do that according to the
"sanity (?)" of the editor of The Republican. We hope never
to be affected with that kind of "sanity (?)"
A man who sides with every person he talks with, jto the
sacrifice, of his own honest opinions, in order to gain business
prestige, is a miserable creature. We have opinions of our
own and propose to stand- by them, as every man with a back
bone as big as a broom straw should do.
If those lawyers who have signed up not to defend boot
leggers will also sign up not to solicit the cases of election
thieves, they may defend the ballot box robbers if they think
the stealing of a man's vote is not as bad as providing him
with a drink of the brew that exhilarates.
If sneak thieves or burglars are operating in your neigh
borhood, we suggest that you leave a-bottle of home brew and
S glass on the table. Then when the intruder is unconscious,
"hog tie" him and send for the police.
Republicans are expressing their preferences as to what
will be the issue in the next election. Up-to-date, however,
not one of them has suggested the accomplishments of the pre
sent administration as a vote-catching slogan. l
Perhaps the "gentleman (? ) who borrowed (?)" the city's
tax books will not fetch them back until he gives them a
thorough audit.
Was it wise for Mr. Bryan to take up his residence in Flor
ida, where he will be perpetually agitated and irritated by the
rum smuggling on its 1,000 miles of seacoast?
If it takes a bootlegger to catch a bootlegger there can be
no doubt whatever that our city, county, and state officials are
not bootleggers.
The only way the people can get protection is to protect
themselves at the ballot box. They can't get it then if their
votes are stolen.
The reason that so many newspapers are called "organs"
is because so many monkeys are connected with some of them.
The devil never keeps out of any home simply because
there is a handsome family Bible on the parlor table.
An anamoly brought to light by the eighteenth amend
ment is the fact that still explosions make a loud noise.
Wanted A life boat that will float on a sea of trouble.
Address Chairman National Republican Committee.
Experience is a great teacher, but somehow the average
man never lives long enough to graduate.
Everybody has a real grievance,
reality is that nothing can be done for it.
What constitutes its
Since the city has lost its tax books it is now time to lock
"stable door."
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Bygones are bygones,
the man who is ahead.
The world is interested only in
People hunt up their own kind just as naturally as water
seeks its own level.
The road to ruin is paved with the good intentions of
A lie is always in a hurry, but the truth is willing to wait.
Open thy window, star of my night!
Open thy window, and shine down on mo.
The moon on the sea is not more white
Than thy forehcad'B tranquility.
Red as the desort nro is bright
Aro thy lips' sweet mystery.
Opon thy window, Love, to mo
For, oh, I faint for a smile from thool
Tho wind on the flowers is not more cool
Thai tho darkling glanco of your shadowed eyes.
Your laugh is a wind-stirred silver pool
Whore a dreaming lily sighs
And every lesson of love's stern rulo
In the dusk of your soft hair lies.
Open thy window, for, oh, I fain
Would quench my thirst In your eyes 'again.
Oh, Love, you are my golden bird,
That sings unheard 'by the teeming crowd
The sum of my lifo is in your word,
As tho moon is held in a cloud.
By mountain aud barron plain I spurred,
AVith tho flying dust for a shroud ,
Open thy window, my heart's desire,
And warm my soul with your still white fire!
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