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May 19, 1894

THE NATION'S SIN OF OMISSION.Read before the Texas State Medical Association at Austin, April, 1894.

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JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):731-734. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990005001a

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The Constitution of the United States guarantees to every citizen life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The laws of the country have been framed by wise men, after careful study and observation, looking to these ends; and, in a sense, every enlightened government is "paternal." It is jealous of any infringement of these rights, and the humblest citizen can claim, and through the courts receive, protection in his life, liberty and property; and any trespasser upon either is swiftly punished. The arbitrary arrest, in a foreign country, of the humblest person claiming protection of the stars and stripes, is resented, his liberty secured, and restitution demanded, and the demand is backed, if need be, by the whole military and naval power of the country.

The laws in respect to life and liberty, and in regard to peaceful possession of one's own, and the enjoyment of the fruits of his

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