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MARY BOYLE O'REILLY; MEETS MOTHER JONES
IN 'HER1 MILITARY PRISON IN W. VIRGINIA .
THE DAY BOOK
An AHless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran,
Editor and Publisher.
500 South Peoria St
VOL-2, NOr.173 ' Chicago, Monday,: April 21, 1913
WHY THE DAY BOOK CRITICISES THE METHODS
OF THE REV. WILLIAMS IN FIGHTING VICE
What the Editor Saw at That Midnight Session, and
'What, He Thought as He Saw a Woman Pilloried
Before Her Male Accusers Christianity '
Twenty Centuries' Ago and Now,
BY N. D. COCHRAN EDITOR OF THE DAY BOOK ;
It may be that I have my Christianity upside down,- too. And, again,
it maybe that Christianity is just as right as it was twenty centuries ago,
and. modern civilization is. upside down. ' '
I have a letter from Frank L. Lee, which is evidently sincere and!
earnest1 in a "sharp criticism of The Day Book for a story about Rev. E. XL
Williams, pastor-of .Grace M. E. church, in which story Mr. Lee says Pastor
Williams. was "disrespectfully ridiculed, misrepresented and denounced."
"This pastor is greatly admired by .all the Y. "M. C. A. men and all
Christians in general who have the foresight to see the ridiculousness of
your ridicule," says Mr": Lee. ,
I want frankly and 'earnestly to meet that criticism, which I am satis
fiedwas meant to be helpful to The Day Book by. one of its readers.
I 'never met Pastor Williams, and do not know him, but I want to be
;just with him as' with every other human being. And I do want readers of
The Day Book to understand its
policy and my policy.
I .attended that midnight meeting
of the. Illinois Senate Welfare Com
mittee' at the" LaSalle Hotel. There
was a table on -a raised "platform in"
the room, and behind that table sat
Lieiit-Gov. O'Hara and three other
members of the committee.
At one stage of the proceedings, a
man land woman were taken on that'
platform and seated in two chairs, so
that 'the pair-a were facing' the com
mittee acrosS'thV table.
.Seated in a semi-circle facing the
committee weretmany men and very
few women. Most of the women who
.had been there had gone away.
Around a table sat newspaper re
porters. To one side stood news
paper photographers, with their
cameras and flashlight apparatus.
The woman's head was bowed
possibly in shame. Mixed with that
.emotion, undoubtedly, was fear. She
turned away from the cameras. ,
'- Goy. O'Hara asked the man if the-'