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Laws To Encourage Dishonesty; Otherwise Called Exemption Law...

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Mesbrs Editors : - Your correspondent, S. W. Fosler, of Dec. 29, is in favor of the exemplion of a larger amount of property Erom cxecution ihan is now done by faw. Ofhers believe that too much is now exrmpt: timt the course of loiüislation in Michigan has been such os lo promote dishonesty, and mnke it al most impossiblo to collcct debts whero thero is property Hable. Both VVhigsand Democrats hen in the ascendency have, to nppearance, tried to make laws to favor the poorer classes, so as to secure them to cheir party; indirectly saying to ihem, vote uilh our arty and you need not pay your debts. Your correspondent seems by the drift of his argument to s'ippose ilu'U in nll or in mosl cases the debtor is noor and lbo credilor in aUuence or indopondence, when, in ma'ny cases, the dëbtor is in comfortable circumstances, under libera] exemption laws, and the credilor poor and needy, and the law sdy's to him, although you honcstly owe your neighbor, whose family is saflering, you need not pay him unlessyou choose. It is to be fcared that ma'ny people who were honest undcr the collecting laws of Eastern Stntes, have, undur Michigan laws, brought íliemselves lo believe that it is morally right to neglect to pay honest debts if the law does not compel them to pay. In the writers opinión, ifone cow cnly, and such fpmilure as isabsolutely necessary for housekeeping, and a íow month-s provisión, were all the law exempts from execution. it would be better for honest poor men ihan tbc present laws, and