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Source: Bangor Daily News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Reason for Swift Justice”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Bangor, Maine
Date of publication: 25 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: none
Pagination: 4

“Reason for Swift Justice.” Bangor Daily News 25 Sept. 1901: p. 4.
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Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response).
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Leon Czolgosz.


Reason for Swift Justice

     One reason for expedition in the trial of Czolgosz is to be seen in the instruction that it will offer to half civilized people in our new dominions. The American yoke still rests upon them somewhat heavily and there are not a few among them who would try to lift it off, if they dared. They must have a lesson in the futility of hoping to escape punishment if they fail to respect the sanctity of life. It is not alone the life of a ruler, but the life of the humblest of themselves that we wish to guarantee. We must show them that it is unwise and unsafe to attempt murder, and we must make the positions of our governors, our commissioners and our generals in the islands as secure from secret or open attempts at overthrow as it is possible to make them. The yoke will grow lighter and lighter as time goes by, and the strength is developed to wear it. One day it will be reduced to the mere form of a yoke and eventually the people of the colonies will come into full citizenship and brotherhood. The first measures to secure loyalty are those which guarantee justice, and justice waits to execute a stern reward on the criminal in Buffalo, who, lacking brains to achieve distinction, gained notoriety by an act that brings him into the contempt of the whole world.



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