An exceedingly sad drama was enacted in
Dallas the other day when the wife and five small children bade
farewell to the husband and father as he left for Huntsville where
he will be electrocuted at an early date. Such a scene and such a
situation is a tragedy indeed.
But there was another side to the
question says the Marshall Morning News. There was another wife made
a widow and there were other small children made orphans, and the
husband and father in their case had committed no crime. He had been
brutally murdered, his life being taken without warning.
Anguish has come into a dozen lives
because one man has sinned. It is ever thus. Punishment cannot be
confined to the perpetrator of the crime. It falls with a smashing
load on the innocent.
But the laws should be enforced
sternly, unrelentingly. We must do this or go back to the jungle,
where every man and beast is a law unto himself.
It is impossible to commit sin that
does not blast and wither other lives than he who commits it. But
this law of God is inexorable. There is no escaping it. No matter
what we may think the justice of the mandate, there is no escaping
the terrible curse that was pronounced on Mt. Sinai that “the sins
of the father will be visited upon the children.”
March 20, 1925