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A MARRIAGE FAILED BECAUSE WIFE REALLY
LOVED HER HUSBAND STORY INSIDE
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cochran,
Editor and Publish
500 South Feoria St.
Tel. Monroe 353.
VOL.2, NO. 193 Chicago, Wednesday, May 14, 1913 ONE CENT
DO YOU KNOW WHY MEN WEAR BUTTONS ON
THE BACKS OF THEIR LONG-TAILED COATS?
Or Why People Grant Franchises to Street Railway
Companies? And Why Do the People Still Tangle
Themselves Up in State Constitutions?
.BY N. D. COCHRAN '
Many years ago when people thought there were "gentlemen" and'
men, a gentleman enjoyed the privilege of wearing a sword at his side, sus-
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hands, wasn't permitted toi wear a sword.
One reason for thatas that the "gentleman" wouldn't have any ad-?
vantage over the commop man if all men wore swords, and might get in
serious trouble when he, abused the common man. i
Anyhow, in order that the gentleman's sword belt might not slip down
and get all awry, the tailor sewed wo buttons oh the back of his coat; and,
those buttons held the sword belt in position.
Many years have passed .since the days when gentlemen wore knee
breeches, satin coats with skirty tails to 'em and pretty Bwords dangng at
But nobody has ever had the courage to take those two buttons oft
the back of long-tailed coats. And although we don't recognize "gentler
men" by birth nowadays, and men don't wear swords, the buttons to hold
the belt up are still there.
Nobody knowsTvhy the tailor sews those buttons there now. The taflon
.himself doesn't know. About all he knows is that he never saw a coat with-
out them; and it was the same way with his father before him. , a
That is just one little illustration of -what slaves to habit and custom alt
of us are.
We do things because qur fathers did; and they did them because their
fathers did. And that goes with most of us, even' to voting the party ticket
or belonging to church.
There isn't one lawyer in a hundred who has enough originality to think
out a new legal precedent; and there isn't one judge in a hundred who isn't
a slave, to precedents established years and years ago.
And many of these judicialprecedents are about s sensible as those
touft&as on tbe back, or a tongtailea coat. , - JV
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