Zebulon Phillips story part 1

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Zebulon Phillips story part 1 - A MAD WOULD, MY MASTERS f Botne of our more...
A MAD WOULD, MY MASTERS f Botne of our more kind-hearted entcnipora ri?-s think that Lee, the Mormon luuiih rer, must have been insane. There ate a few peo? ple who hold th?- same theory about the well known lawyer who lately ami mysteriously ?li..app:-a!i-d. The BOT? Zebiilon Phillip? having absconil'-d from Amsterdam, N.Y., with a great ?ptantity of other people's money, after having for a long time enjoyed the admiring confi? dence of the coniniiinitv, it is now inclined to the opinion that the Rev. Zebiilon Phillips must be a lunatic. Perhaps it is creditablo*o the world that it never gits acenatomed to (hege instances of moral breaking down. It still heueren respectability t<> be reapeetaUe. No mattet how many clergymen may brin? scandal upon the cloth, society wants pleach? ing, and goee to hear it from those who have not bist their good reputations. This theory of lunacy in MM w-nse is a just one. Kvcry moral oblitpiity has its mental siil-, inasmuch as horn-sty is the best policy, and the wione-doer never reasons accurately ; and this is why so many ?>f them are caught j ?mil piiiii_!i(-d. Henee the popular notion that tin- devil deaerta his own at laet, Bhrewdneai is at fault; precaution blunders; cunning makes mist.ik? ? ; cleverness goto traps fog it? self. In this sense wi- may fairly say that the Kev. Zebiilon Phillips was not iu his right mind. Neither was the bookkoepet who van i?he?l the other ?lay with the money of the Brooklyn Hank, and who behaved in such a prepogh nui., way. So, too, juries ihink mur? der to ho such an utterly ?national thing (as i consider? ?1 fii-in one point it tituloiibt? -lly is) i that the del', u.-c often pours its theory of ui I sanity into perfectly willing ears. A man may, however, be somewhat insane and at the same time morally impos? sible. Admit this, aud the trilling wtiit.lt hits disgraced our criminal jurisprudence will umxu\%BA*pBt, It is a great mistake to

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  1. New-York Tribune,
  2. 31 Mar 1877, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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