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xIt ounmur of the murdered men who believes
them innocent, will die for the pay-
rt t t a t roll robbery which they very likely
never committed.
Published every morning except Monday
during the University Summer Session by These are the facts of the case. It
the Board in Control of Student Publica-
tions. I certainly seems as though there is a
The Associated Press is exclusively en- reasonable doubt of the guilt of
titled to the use for republication of all newsI
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise Sacco and Vanzetti in those circum-
credited in this paper andtthe local news pub- stances, and at least enough evidence
lisped herein. o call for a few trial before a judge
ostofredfe asttsecond clas mat, Michigan'who will not be accused of prejudice.
Subscription by carrier, $i.5o; by mail On the other hand, however, the exe-
Ofices: Press Building, Maynard Street, cution of the two men would do more
Ann Arbor, Michigan. t !for the cause of socialism throughout
EDITORIAL STAFF the world than they could do by living
Telephone 4925 a hundred years, for there is no more
MANAGING EDITOR certain way of popularizing and doc-
PHILIP C. BROOKS trine than by persucuting it. It will
Editorial Director......Paul J. Kern also be a grim instance of the price
City Editor.....Joseph E. Brunswick we pay for having a conservative ju-
Feature Editor.....Marian L. Welles -
Night Editors diciary-a price we have paid many
John E. Davis H. K. Oakes, Jr. times before-and if the tine has
T. E. Sunderland Orville Dowzer I come when a man is convicted or ac-
Reporters quitted for the political views he
Robert E. Carson Miriam Mitchell holds, then our system of justice has
Win. K. Lomason Mary Lister become a farce inded, and it is no
Bert Heideman W. Harold May wonder that thousands of criminals
find reason to defy it so readily.
BUS Ne24 STAFF It is rare indeed that the law over-
BUSINESS MANAGER steps itself and convicts innocent
LAURANCE J, VAN TUYL men; but it is not surprising that
Xdvertisig ..........Ray Wachter that may have happened in this case,
Accounts.........John Ruswinckel for here we have every element to
Assistants induce prejudice, and every reason
C. T. Antonopulos - S. S. Berar to believe that if that prejudice ever
G. W. Platt entered into a decision it has entered
into this one. The men .are foreign-
Night Editor-JOS. E. BRUNSWICK it
ers, they are of a political creed
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 1927 which finds little sypmathy in Amer-
_----ica, and they were unable, at first, to
comprehend the difficulties with
-- -- which they were beset. Madeiros, of
JUSTICE course, is a criminal, and there is no
particular reason for placing blind
Here is the case. There was a pay- credence in his statements, but at the
roll robbery, just like many other same time it is a dangerous process
payroll robberies, except that in this to proceed in the face of a confession.
case two men are killed. The crimi- We have already exacted a terrible
nals who perpetrated the murder are penalty from Sacco and Vanzetti in
unknown, but after a while suspicion the six years of uncertainty. We
rests on two foreign born men, one ofhave probably wrecked the lives of
them unable to speak the English these two men who came to America
language and the other only partly for liberty. If we are wrong, the
able to do so. They hold, as is known, least we can do is amend that wrong
rather progressive views politically, I promptly and decisively, without the
but both have worked industriously vacillating and grandstanding policies
and are raising families much as any of the professional politician.
law abiding men would. If the courts have failed in this in-
Partly because of their poverty and stance, as there is reason to believe
partly because of their comparative they have failed, it will be a blot on
unfamiliarity with this kind of events the record of Massachsetts as black
they employ as counsel at first men as the incident of the Salem witches.
who are not exceptionally skilled. We have had enough of bigotry,
Due to this fact largely they fail to' enough of narrowness, enough of con-
take the stand in their own defense servative decay, and it is time we re-
in the first trial. The office of the vived and began the operation of a
prosecuting attorney ,stoops to some- real system of justice.
what questionable methods, and the Even if Sacco and Vanzetti are
judge whom they face is admittedly guilty, there is plenty of new evidence
opposed to the political doctrines to grant them a new trial. The world
which the prisoners hold, and there in general would feel much more at
is some reason at least to believe that ease about the double execution of
he would not hesitate to use this fact these men if they were regularly con-
as the basis of a prejudice against victed in a court that did not ask
the accused men. It is rumored, too, the mtheir political views before it
that to his personal friends he has took their criminal record into -con-
confided this prejudice, with appro- sideration. The seeds of intolrance
priately unjudicial remarks about the should never be allowed to fluorish
anticipated outcome of the case. on American soil, even in Massachu-
The two prisoners steadfastly main- chusetts, and the conviction of the
tain their innocence, throughout the two socialists sounds notably like in-
procedings. Any identification which tolenrance to the rest of the nation.
is attempted in connection with the The mere fact that so large a por-
robbery has necessary limitations, but tion of our citizenry believes them
finally, by a combination of, circum- innocent, will tend to discredit jus-
stances-judge, prosecutors, and de- tice if they are executed, and Ameri-
fense attorneys-the jury returns a can citizens can have little confidence
verdict of guilty, a result which is in the closed sessions that have char-
not at all surpriisng in view of the acterized the investigation of this
general level of intelligence on juries, crime by the governor of that state.
This proceeding has dragged on for The mere fact that they were so me-
six years. Then comes another comb- ticulously sealed against even the
shell-a confession by a convicted knowledge of the press causes some
murderer that it was part of his gang suspicion as to whether something
that committed the payroll robbery did not go on which Governor Fuller
in which the two men were killed. and his aids did not dare to make

One would expect ' that the confession public. Justice is a public instru-
of this man would have at least aided ment, essentially a public weapon;
the state in clearing up the murder, and its proceedings must not be
but on the other hand the judge, the veiled in secrecy. The people of the
same judge that had previously pre- nation and of the world are demand-
sided, and that had been previously ing justice from the state of Massa-
suspected of prejudice, denied them chusetts-not acquitted, merely justic
even a new trial. E -and if the state of Massachusetts
Then the people of the nation and fails in this trust she has forfeited
world, disgusted with the system of the right she holds as an independ-
justice in Massachusetts, began an ent commonwealth. But the public
even more spirited campaign for fair must be convinced-convinced noi
play, and finally, forced by the pres- that Sacco and Vanzetti are socialists
sure of circumstances which all poli- or foreign, but that they are mur-
ticians feel at times, the governor of derers-and the public is likely to re-
the state appointed a commission to quire more concrete evidence than a
investigate. The choice of the mem- reactionary state judiciary.
bers of this special commission, to i
those who expected legal experts, was SO FLEETS FAME
rather astonishing, for in place of the Each year must have its popular
usual type of talent called in such idol, apparently, and while Col
cases two university presidents and Charles Lindbergh basks in the lime-
a former judge were placed on the light of popular acclaim heroes of
investigating body. bygone years sing to oblivion and are
Meanwhile socialists and propa- forgotten. A few years ago the name
gandists all over the world have of John Scopes was on everyone's
threatened violence, and in some tongue, and throughout the world the
cases gone even further; and the date great evolution trial of Tennessee oc-
set for the execution approaches and cupied the attention of the public.
it still appears as though the Massa- Now who knows what happened tc
chusetts foreigners, convicted on a Scopes?
circumstantial case aaginst the be- It may be somewhat surprising to
lief of millions of persons through- learn that the Tennesse teacher has
out the civilized world, and even finished a two year course in geology,
against the will of the widow of one and that he is now on his wav tr

Yes, you are. Or perhaps you don't
consider yourselves fortunate to get
The Daily this morning. What with
week-ends and trips to Put-In-Bay
and excessive studying Saturday
nights, it is a wonder that the Sun-
day sheet ever appears.


Made in Ann Arbor -

There really should beI
staff members run in
They weren't here. The
out on its imagination.
* * *

no names of
this issue.
paper came


Of course it has to come out on
omebody's imagination every day, -
there's so little news, so that's no-
You might disagree, and say that1
we could print stories about the movie
contest and the farmer's market down
on the Avenue. But we were talking
about news.
It seems that there was a golfC
tournament yesterday. And that the
day before a head caddy from some
club rather showed up the other boys.
-in golf that is. We didn't see the
meet, but one of our staff who was
sent to cover it tells us that lMfalloy's
golf was hardly more notable than
his dress.
This is an illustration of how the
Summer session students should look
by now.
It isn't true to life, though.
s* « *
We always thought golfers wore
knickers because they allowed more
freedom of action, and bright colored
sweaters because they furnished in-
spiration or something to that ef-
fect. But this Malloy person is said
to have actually appeared on the golf
course in long trousers, dark colored,
and-most shocking of all-without
one of those Joseph's coat sweaters!
* * *
The University's interest in the
meet, of course, has dwindled since
its Rhetoric department went out in
the third round of the championship
Carlton Wells, man- of parts about
Ann Arbor, got generous after hold-
ing the championship three or four
times, and let this Ward boy get
ahead of him.
* * *
There were some other University
people in the tournament, but they
only rated the last paragraph of the
newspaper stories. The last year's
and next year's captains of the golf
team played but evidently didn't feel
the University needed the advertising
this time.
* * *
They say a newspaper should mir-
ror public opinion to follow the pub-
lic conversational topics. So it would
behoove, us to remind the world in
general that THERE ARE ONLY
* * *
After August 14, the staff mem-
bers of The Daily will begin to do
their studying for the summer, for
that is the last date of publication.
f f
Well, that gives us two days be-
fore finals start. That ought to . be
* * *
One of our popular humorists said
that the reason so many persons fear-
ed to think that their ancestors at one
time hung by their tails was that, in
reality, the forbears were hanging by
their necks.
Our fundamentalist friends say that
it is lacking in respect to the dead
to imagine our early ancestors sus-
pended by their tails from trees when

in reality they were hanging by their
"Tails, idle tails! We know not
what they mean," quoted the gorilla
philosopher on the banks of the Niger.
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