WATCH THE COURTS
As you value freedom, As you appreciate liberty, As you estimate the utility of your tongue. As you consider the comforts and welfare
of your kind, As you love home and family and friends
and country, I warn you, watch the courts!
The politician is the braggart and brawler
of the hustings, The common disturber of the peace, The bungling purioiner of your goods, And more times than not you know him liar and knave;
You know his mask of loyalty to you and yours
Is the trick of his trade, and you know the
choice " ' 'Twixt the one and t'other is Hobsoil's, That he and t'other both are but shield To the coward and sneak behind, Who merit your alert watchfulness. But I warn you, watch the courts!
The coward and sneak behind are more
dangerous than their tools, Less manly than their 'emissaries, * More uncftious than their accomplices,
We were blinded with fear of the red flag
and promised relief in the law. . We were lulled and lured to have faith in the courts
As we would rest our safety with the god of gods,
And when our love and loyalty were won, When pride and patriotism and devotion
filled our hearts with ardor Even to the fertilizing in their defense the fields of carnage with our flesh and blood,
And mingled our mangled bodies with the mangled manhood of supposed enemies, We began to realize that the coward and
sneak held the rudder of state; W* began to suspect the wind didn't blow
right in the church; We felt more and more the unseen hand in
the law;— But we still had the courts!— Our friends, our prote<5lors, our shields
against invasion! They were the anchors to our liberties, our
property, our happiness, And tho the storms raged about us in
blackened danger We could rest assured of safety.
But what is this?
I ,ess boisterous than their pusillanimous pals;
They are the claws covered with fur,
The teeth of the trap to the bait, : :
The pitfalls covered with glamor and deceit,
The poisoned wells to the thirsty.
Sometimes we discover them before they barm us.
Tho they show their fangs and strike
We may stamp them out like poisonous snakes.
They are menace to our fields and factories;
They are disease come with pitiless ravage;
They are tempests and destruction come to our welfare.
Yet I warn you, watch the courts!
We have been urged to build barriers against the invasion of these I name;
We have been compelled to seek shelter from their enmity;
We have been influenced, enticed, decoyed, pursuaded
To guard ourselves against this horde of foes to the commonweal,
And to find refuge in the church, behind the laws, with the courts.
We were approached on our blind side and frightened with hell fire.
Do we feel a giving Itway, a loosening of
the grip at the bottom? Are we at last in danger? Have the coward and sneak unloosed the
Ah, there is a hurrying of feet!
The life-boats are putting off!
The pirate crew have monopolized the
boats and floats and are sailing away! Men and women and children are struggling in the waters of despair! Our anchors are failing us! Sauve qui petitt
Brothers and sisters and comrades. Lest the coward and sneak whoHy succeed in their nefarious designs,
I WARN YOU, WATCH THE COURTS ! ! •