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WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS UNITED STATES?
By William C. Shepherd.
London, Sept. 27. What kind of
a place istbe United States?
As I've said, in another article, Eu
ropean men, women, boys and girls
envy the men, women, boys and girls
of America, and during over a year
in Europe I've heard this envy ex
pressed hundreds of times.
For instance, the barber who
shaved me in London is one of the
scores of Englishmen who envy
American men. The shaves cost 4
cents, his tip is 1 cent, by the London
code, and his salary $8 a week.
"I've come to the end of my rope,"
he said to me. "My four children
are old enough to go to school and,
of course, I have to send them. I
can't keep things going now, as it is,
and I can't hope to make any more
money. And, what's worse, my two
boys can never hope to be any bet
ter than I am. It isn't that way in
America, is it?"
American women are envied by
"American women are blessed
with good husbands," said an English
woman who had traveled in America.
"You, as an American man, can't un
derstand the view which a Londoner
has of his wife. She is not exactly
a slave, but she is his property. He
owns her, all her property and her
children. It's this very thing that
makes the suffragets o England
militant. The American suffraget
doesn't have to be militant If she
really wants the vote it will be given
Young men in Europe xenvy the
young men of America.
In athletics I met a young En
glishman from Oxford who is start
ing life as a lawyer.
"I went over to your country
once," he said to me after we had
become well acquainted. "It was
w,onderful to see opportunity. Here
in. London everything is cut and
dried. There's a certain way to do
everything and that's the way it was
done 300 years ago. There's no
chance for originality. You can't
even be your natural self.
"Our schools aren't schools;
they're foundries. They take a
young fellgw and their first object is
to not to help him develop his orig
inality and his character, but to kill
everything in him that makes him a
bit different from other young men."
And European girls envy American
"My daughter is 20 years old and
she goes to an English school," said
an American mother whose husband
is employed in London. "All the En
glish girls look up to her. They think
it is wonderful that she is brave and
self-reliant enough to go to a theater
alone with a young man. They
wouldn't dare to do it, you know.
They wouldn't even know what to
talk to him about."
Looking at America from Europe,
these two facts stand out:
America is aiming dead at the
bullseye of personal liberty.
But she will be greater a century
from now when her sons have also
developed the idea of personal re
sponsibility. "I can do as I please," says the
American of today.
But the American of the future"
will add, "But I do not please to do
anything that will injure my fellows."
POLICEMAN CUT IN RAID
Detective Dennis Maher of Schuet
tler's office had his hand badly cut
by window glass when a mob attack-
ed him and Offiecr Edward Ives while
they were making a gambling raid of
the Major A. C, 547 N. Clark st
More than 150 were in the place
when the police entered. Of these 16
were arrested. The tohers escaped
by the fire exits.
Michael Corono, 181 W. Division
st.", was booked as keeper.