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13 Am. Law. 391 (1905)
The Famous "Annie Oakley" Libel Suits

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for reasons which are obvious, if regard be had to the risk of
prosecution, to which such new employer or landlord would 'be
subject, under another act in pari materia with his, and ap-
proved on -the day before -the approval of this act.
The Court further said:
Because of the restrictions it purports to place on the
right to make contracts for employment, and concerning the
use and cultivation of land, this act is wholly invalid.
It thus -transpires that by the decisions of the Federal
Courts-and those of the State Courts as well could be cited
without number to the same effect;--that it is now almost un-
iversally held, that the First Section'of the Fourteenth Amend.
ment, not only created a citizenship of the United States, hut
that whatever may be the difference, if any, in the privileges,
and immunities, of Federal and State citizenship, the privi-
leges and immunities of each and both, whatever they may be,
are equally and alike protected by this amendment,, and
further, that no person, whether he be a citizen or not,-but
perhaps a member of the excluded and despised Mongolian
race,--can be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law, or denied the equal protection of the laws by
any State.
No government can be strong that has not ,the power to
protect its citizens and defend and preserve their liberties.
The experience of mankind 'has shown, that an attempt to
strengthen the central government has in the past, resulted In
the absorption of the liberties of the people; and that, on
the other hand, whereever and whenever the central govern-
ment has become weak, anarchy has resulted.
Prior to the history of the Anglo-Saxon race, no people
ever exhibited the capacity for self-government, as did the

The Roman government in Its conception and growth was
a government of law; the central government, as wel as the
people, was hedged about by constitutional law, and it could
only proceed by law; but the weak point in the fabric was.
that in the enactment of law the initiative, and vote, was with
the people, from which it resulted that in the days of the Re-
public, the power of government was in an urban community.
So long as the government was In the hands of a re-
sponsible citizenship, the liberties of ,the people were fairly
protected; but when the Gracchi installed the Proletariate
at the ballot box, Rome with all her aspirations was plunged
into a vortex of anarchy, from which the only portal of escape
was government of empire.
Our idea of a government, whether it be State or National.
is a government of law; and while the government rests in
the intelligence and patriotism of the people, there must be a
power, lodged somewhere, strong enough to enforce the law.
Ours is a republic of republics, predicated upon an intelli-
gent, patriotic citizenship; and let us hope that we have
solved the problem of a strong, vigorous and powerful central
government, which in its turn is so ,hedged about by law, as
that it can, not only not usurp, nor destroy, but that it will pro-
tect and preserve the liberties of the people.
'1 -e franchise of local self-government is not only the
dearest, but the most sacred right of our people, as expressed
in our State governments; but at the same time, while we
have States, we have a National government, each acting in its
own sphere, and each jealous of its own rights; and when a
citizen of Alabama can feel that whether in Louisiana, Califor-
nia, or New York, his privileges and immunities, and his
rights to life, to liberty, to property, are protected by the
United States, equally with those of the citizens of every other
State, then indeed, is he a free man, Suum cuique tribuere.

The Famous Annie Oakley Libel Suits.
By Louis Stotesbury, Attorney for the Publishers' Press Association.
(Courtesy of The Amnleylcan Printer. Copyright, 1905, Oswald Publishing Company.)

On August .9, 1903, a complaint was made by Charles
Curtis, a negro, before John R. Caverly, a justice of the peace
of the city of Chicago sitting in the first police district court
of that city, situated in Harrison street, and commonly known
as the Harrison Street Police Court, charging a woman
known as bIllie Cody, 'whom Curtis had befriended and given
shelter, with having stolen a pair of pants from him. A
formal complaint or affidavit was drawn charging her with
having made an improper noise, riot, disturbance, breach
of the peace or diversion tending to the breach of the peace,
in violation of Section 1287 of the Revised General Ordi-
nances of the city of Chicago. Upon that complaint a warrant
was Issued authorizing -the arrest of Lillie Cody on a plea
of debt for failure to pay the city a certain demand, not ex-
ceeding one hundred dollars, for a violation of Section 1287
of an ordinance of said city, in regard to making an Improper
noise, riot, disturbance, breach of the 'peace or diversion
tending to the breach uf the peace. Under this warrant the
woman was arrested an i locked up in. the police station.
It appears from the testimony of the witnesses that after
the arrest, in a conversation with the matron of the police
station, she spoke of her formerl position, and claimed to

have been a crack rifle shot, and to have exhibited with
Buffalo Bill and others, and the matron of the police station
said: You are the noted Annie Oakley, I guess.   She
acquiesced In the statement, and it was reported by the
matron to the police oficers that she was Annie Oakley. Shb
was evidently under the influence of some drug, was appar-
enly badly diseased, unclean in appearance, and untidy in
dress. Before her arraignment, the negro Curtis, who had
caused her arrest, called to see her, and refused to prosecute
the case or appear against her.
When arraigned before the justice on Monday morning.
August 10, the police officer who had her in charge there
stated to the justice that she had been arrested for stealing
a pair of pants from a negro; that she was the famdus
Annie Oakley, who had exhibited with Buffalo Bill, etc., and
among other things, suggested to the justice that if she were
turned loose on the street she would only spread distase,
and he thought it would be an act of charity to send her to
the Bridewell, where she could be taken care of. The justice
thereupon remarked that if Annie Oakley had fallen as low
as that she would be better off in the Bridewell, and Imposed
a fine of twenty-five dollars, and committed her to the Bride-
well until the fine, should be paid.
After she had been sentenced and taken down stairs to
the prison again, she was interviewed by a number of peo.



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