Thou Art the Man!

A closer look at the landlord

THOU ART THE MAN!

Law and justice hold an accessory to a crime liable to punishment as strictly as they hold the principal. Indeed oftentimes it is the wily accessory who is the more guilty, because from his cowardly place of retreat he directs the plot which may result in physical peril to the one who carries it through. Is not likewise the man who rents his property the evil uses equally if not more guilty than the one who boldly assumes the responsibility of carrying on an indecent traffic therein. There would be a thinning of the ranks of respectability if public sentiment should face every Dives who is a silent partner in the tenements of sin and say, Thou art the man whom we hold guilty and responsible for this murder and this poverty and this vice.

When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partakers with adulterers.

Psalm 50:18

Images captured with a Kodak DC120 digital camera from the collections of the The Cartoon Research Library of Ohio State University. The unpaginated source is Fifty Great Cartoons (Chicago: Ram's Horn Press, 1899).