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Daily Concord standard. (Concord, N.C.) 1895-1902, October 24, 1899, Image 2

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IISI! Y JOHN D. BARRIER and SON Editors and Proprietors. ri'5i '; rx rin: ioukis ni ii,ni(j 1LIL DARD is published every day (Sn:."tf." excepted) and delivered by "ri'jy. i'ttts of Subscription : Out tvr $400 S"i s jjt h 2 00 Thr iroiitha 1 00 One rujiiih . . . . ' . 35 Sin uU? co!v 05 THE WEEKLY STANDARD is a our-p:ige, eight-column paper. It has a larger circulation in Cabarrus than any otli-jx.piier. Price 1.00 per annum in advance. Advertising Rates : Terms for regular advertisements mflde known on application. Address all communications to THE STANDARD, Concord, N. C. mm a in m-m m mitamwmmmmmmmmmimammmiuMmmmammtmumm Concord, N. C, Oct. 24. JUDGE Vi. S. 0'B. ROBINSON. No one who understands the situation, we think, could under stand entire silence from The Standard on the above subject. We take it, that it is a preroga tive of the press to criticise any officer elected by popular vote. Through what channel may the public learn the merits and the demerits of public officials better than through the press, and realy what other practical way has iho public of knowing whether or not a man elected to office is faithfully serving the peopie in thai office t Or what bettor - ilmulus to official fidelity than a conservative press? The v-ourt in July was almost a farce wim about the usual ex penses of a whole 'term of court attached. Tii': Standard, with the hope of tilling its legitimate mission of public service, noted that four days at the beginning ,r-py.- W, 'without reflecting on Judge Robinson as being essen tially to blame. A prominent j lawyer told us, that had a judge of th- u-xnl style held the court the time would havs been pretty well taken up in the second iwe-jk, and the ends of justice better met. He said the court was more like a jolly picnic occa sion Ulan like the sessions in the temple of Justice. A county offi cial, i consistent member of the church, fold us that the judge used profane language unblush- j ingly. We understood it to be in social intercourse. Criticisms as uncjiiservative as the judge's demeanor floated freely in the air. The Standard hoped, in its conservative and guarded tones, not to fan, but to modify the feeling engendered in the minds of the people by this court, at the same time showing its readers that it was not indifferent to their interests. Therfore an editorial appeared in The Staedard under the head of "The Court Unsatis factory." What was said in criticism of the court is here re produced : "There is a painful realization that the judge is wanting in the graceful wearing of the judicial ermine. "He does not carry with him that air of dignity and judicial solemnity that inspires the peo ple with a sense that the court house is- the very temple of justice. Indeed it is unfortunate for the institution of courts that the public should hear profanity coming from the lips of a judge even in his social intercourse. ' 'We confess to some surprise and as much doubt of the wisdom of passing over so lightly the carrying of concealed weapons by men whoso morals prove them to be the most unfit citizens to . n 't 'mi enjoy sucn privileges. xnere are instances where great lenience extended to violators of this law but certainly no man who is drunk should be included. A drunken man with a .pistol in his pocket lias no claim for leniency for violating the law. The crime for him is the greater and is without mitigation. A man has the right to get drunk if he wants to, but he has no right to endanger other citizens with a deadly weapon which none but the level-headed and seli'-controlhig are fit to have. "There is an air of dissatisfac tion about the results of this court that will require one or two much more successful ones to dissipate." Before going further, we waut to publicly acknowledge Judge Robinson's kindness (we take it as such in good faith) for excus ing us from serving on the jury ta the late term. If a personal favor should weigh more than a sonse of duty to the public, si lence might have been expected of us, but he easily let us out on that when he wTent out of his way to refer in open court to The Standard as "a little penny liner," and its editor as an ig noramus wiio thought he (the judge) was "cussing" in court when he used the Latin court term, "Damnum absque Injuria"' (which, Webster says, means a loss without injury.) The reader will please note our language above and see how his honor might have charged such upon us in poetry or jest where truth is not an essential factor. Were we to indulge in caustic, resentful invectives, we doubt not that there, would be many an amen among those to whom the judge didn't commend himself, to say nothing of the bar and the jury to whom he made himself absolutely offen sive. Hut this is not our purpose, indeed it would not even be grat ifying to us. It is j one of the fundamental principles of our judicial system that a body of twelve good, cap able jurors is the highest trib unal for deciding as to facts, and they are entitled to deference for their opinions. Judges some times betray a contrary con viction, very courteously intima ted, after the decision of the jury, but we never heard of a udge before that would l uihiess ly insult a Cabarrus jury and talk of their getting off the jury if their decisions did not coincide with his opinions. As for the judge's making wTry fa,ces to the jurors and parties sitting in the bar while attorneys are pleading, and actually speaking behind the hand to the jury in sheer con tempt while a lawyer is pleading, it is chiefly an offensive against the bar w7hich is well able to take care of itself, but it tends to lower the high estimate of court that should always be maintained in the minds of the people. Now the half probably has not been told and we would infinitely rather speak in high deserved praise of our subject, but there is no lack of serious conse quences about this matter. We should be careful whom we elect to the high office of judge of our courts. One member of the bar told the writer that Judge Rob inson is a disgrace to both the bench and bar of North Caro lina. Another said to us. his rul ings are practically a license to crime. Several, and among them sonic eminent oies, told us that Judge Robinson is a good hearted man and an able eno'ii lawyer but that he is entirely wanting in judicial tempera ment. Some one will say what is all this to you? We say, enough and more than enough. Since the one dark day in the history of our county that rises anew be fore the mind like an enlarging object of terror in the sufferer with nightmare, the fair name of Cabarrus is bleeding with wound ed morals. Twice since has the suirit of mobocracv manifested itself at the county jail till it is alarming. There are two dis tinctive elements, striving wTith each other now. The one would forget what courts are for and in their frenzy take hu man life freely without the pro cess of law. The other is trying to heal this demoralization and restore the mental equlibrium en joyed, and that was our pride, be fore that terrible event. How very unfortunate that we should nave nad a court now m our critical period that did no in spire confidence and reverence that would have aided the bettor thinkers. 'Judge Robinson's bearing we regard as very bane f ul to our anti-mob influences. in this we do not mean to blame him for allowing Will Ed- waras ana Tom uarr a cnange of venue to Rowan. More than that we emphatically commend him for that act. While mobs gather at our jail door and pris oners are saved only by the interposition of brave and heroic citizens, these defendants are not to be wondered at for swearing that they do not believe they can get justice in the county, nor is it any thing but right that the judge should grant their prayer. It is a necessity due to the de moralization even of good men which we do hope will '! blow over ere long. Yes let a Rowan jury try the cases. It will be bet ter to do so. There are plenty of men in Cabarrus that would do justice to the defendants but getting such jurors is another thing. If the writer wore in volved and had been scared by a mob at the jail he would want a move of the trial and .we sus pect the reader would. Let us not blame Judge Robinson for this one act so justifiable under the circum --Lances, but let there be no more mobs in Cabarrus and no more desecration of courts. Our courts are and should ever bo the highest embodyment of organized liberty and dis criminating justice. Let each do his part to make them ideal. We feel that we can promise in advance that our January term will contrast in a most beautiful and salutary way with our last two and there is but one Judge Robinson. Judge Robinson is' holding court in Yadkin county this, week. If it's a repetition of him in Cabarrus 5t would be Damnum absque Injuria if he were not. VOLCANIC EPvUETIONS Aro grand, but akin .eruptions rob !if. of joy. 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White Ink at 10c Game Boards, containing sixteen gams, $2.25 and twenty dito for 83.50. See cur 5 and 10c Departments up-stairs. Nice lot of Glass etc. in them. 1 3' 1 X If you are not a subscriber to J t The Standard t now la the time to subscribe. X t X c ; gj3 a v If you have anything to sell you can make it known through The Standard, f i .$ km S;- Mfles'.WorM tttUm? guaranteed to sum v is published every day Sundaij e?c ceptr.d) and delivered at your door lor only 10e- per week or 3d C per month i HE STAND prints home and other news that is of interest to our readers and to make it grow better we must hdwe the pat ronage of the people. ....... . V Give us a trial when you make ;- your next order for Job Work, Work ready whe n promised. Hl i 5 If you wantto buy anything J youI canCicall for it through J X The Standard. T 5 ! f !Ac'avertising2ratesjin Tjhe Standard made known'on application. J '

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