Failed After All
When the two learned ex-judges Titus
and Lewis who undertook, by the appointment of the court, the defense
of the murderer Czolgosz, all right thinking men applauded their
high sense of duty in the discharge of an unpleasant task.
It is sad to relate that they did
not merit that respect to the end of their task. J udge [sic] Titus
pretended to make an argument in behalf of his client. He said nothing
about his client but devoted all his argument to a defense of himself
for accepting the appointment as defending counsel. He was not on
trial either before the court or at the bar of public opinion. If
he was ashamed of his position and did not intend to do the best
he could he should have declined the appointment.
Judge Lewis did a shade better, he
didn’t have anything at all to say, beyond this, that his colleague
had fully represented his sentiments. True, they could never have
acquitted their client, and nobody wanted them to succeed, but they
could have made a show of spirit. If they accepted the appointments
from a sense of duty, that sense of duty should have compelled them
to do something besides making an unnecessary defense of themselves.
Having acepted [sic] the appointments
from the court it was in bad taste to apologize to the court for