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UNITED CHARITIES ISSUES GENERAL DENIAL
, OF CHARGES THAT DOES NOT DENY
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, . 500 South Peoria St
Editor and Publisher.
TeL Monroe 353.
VOL 2, NO. 201
Chicago, Friday, May 23, 1913
THE COMMON SENSE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE
, IS SANER THAN THE GENIUS OF ONE MAN
No Matter How Brilliant the Genius The People Are
More Progressive Than Their Newspapers, Maga
zines and LeadersThe Voice of the Peo
ple Is the. Voice of God.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
I have an abiding faith in the justice and sense of fair play of the plain
people of this country. I believe the common sense of the great mass of
the people In any community is saner than the judgment of the most bril
liant genius among them.
And I believe that the most ignorant members of a community are
those -who class the great majority of the people as the mob, and are afraid
of the initiative and referendum and the recall because of their lack of faith
in the sanity of the so-called mob.
If I felt that my personal judgment in all matters were infallible, it
would be easy for me to distrust the people and be afraid to have them con
trol their own government. It has been proven to me, however, more than
once that when I thought I was right and the people were wrong, the situa
tion 'was reversed, and they were right and I was wrong.
That is why I believe so earnestly that the most important function of
a newspaper is to tell its readers the truth, and let th'em write their own
editorials which is but another way of saying that they should do their
An editor too often assumes for himself the position of the three tailors
of Tooley street, who got together and solemnly resolved that "We are the
people." In his anxiety to make his readers see things as he sees them he
colors thenews, creates false premises and then argues from those premises.
This doesirt apply to. all editors, of course.
y I can remember In the days when practically all newspapers were
party organs it was the practice for a party organ to color the news in the
interest of the party printing favorable news about its party and unfavor
able news about the opposition.
Campaign orators did the same, and still keep it up.
. Then came the independent newspaper, which professed to tell Its