June 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


John Hampden Burnham

Conservative (1867-1942)


And I say for thecounty court judges that they would not sell themselves for mere lucre, let alone the decorations. The man fit tp be made a county court judge is a man with a high sense of duty. And it should he considered that there is such a thing as duty to the State. Let such a man he provided with a salary sufficient to keep the wolf from the door and tp educate his children in a manner commensurate, with a standard oflife which we approve of. It shpuldnot be dangled before his eyes
as well, as before the eyes of the great proletariat, that there is something so stupidly self-seeking abbut our lives that we cannot get away from it-this self-interest, this inclination forever to have as much money as we possibly can get. The idea that there should be a certain mock solemnity, about a judge means that a judge is to be regarded as the people of an African tribe regard their medicine man. That reminds me of a yarn I read in a book the other day, about a man who carried such great weight with the natives of Africa that he was able to go from tribe to tribe without a guard. And the reason was that he could take his teeth out and put them back again. Are we never to get out of this way of regarding our public life? Are we never to understand and realize that we have some duty to the state, some duty to humanity, outside of these miserable little things?

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