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However, I don't write unless T feel
Tike it, and won't tackle that subject
until the spirit moves me and I think
I can be of some service to ray fellows
by publishing my opinions.
I haven't haafraiich to say about
local politics, mereTy because very
little of ft has excited my interest. I
don't carea dillpickle for any of the
parties asparties, and, am only in
terested in what I can help .get out
of any or all of them for the great
mass of the people.
I want to'be entirely frank about
the attitude of The Day Book, and
want my readers to understand that
I do not assume a nicely-poised judi
cial attitude, "when the interests of the
working clasVare involved. On the
contrary my .position is that of an
advocate of their cauae.
And when I speak of the working
class, 1 don't mean merely the work
ers who are',organized in unions. I
want to do what I can to help all
labor get justice,-and am just as much
interested, for example, in the non
union girl clerks in department stores
, as I am in the union waitresses.
And it makes not the slightest dif
ference to me whether workers are
Socialists, Trades Unionists, Catho
lics, Protestants,. Democrats, Repub
licans, Bull Moosers or What Nots.
That's about enough for this time.
I hope it will make clear to readers
of all beliefs, faiths and opinions that
I don't belong, but haven't the slight
est objection to the other fellow
thinking and belonging as he sees fit.
If this is a free country I insist
on being free.
How the Wind Blows. In his in
teresting Chicago Bulletin, Editor
John P. Tansey, in a plea for Demo
cratic harmony, hints at something
interesting. He says:
"It is to be noted that, although the
mayor declared himself as unalter
ably against Sullivan, the Hearst
forces, with whom he is usually hy
phenated, have declared nothing of
the kind. Thnv h?vo boon most con
siderate of Mr. Sullivan m their or
gans and it is suspected they are"
willing to listen to harmony pro
posals. ... If there is harmony
as among the Sullivan, Dunne and
Hearst forces the ticket will win and
Mr. Harrison may find himself flock
ing rather pathetically all by him
self." I'm no politician, and don't take
much interest in the interesting con
game known as politics, but I wonder
if Harrison Wouldn't be tickled to
death to flock by himself if Sullivan
would only take Hearst off his hands.
I wouldn't bet a bean on Sullivan
winning even with Dunne's assist-'
ance, if Hearst were the third party
to the triple alliance.
From what I hear, I judge" that '.
Roger Sullivan is a pretty smart poli
tician; but also from what I hear,
Carter Harrison is no man's fool
when it comes to playing the political
You know, John, that it is always
wise to take into consideration the
rank and file. A few leaders or bosses
may get their heads together and de
cide where they want the rank and
file to go--but the rank and file don't
always obey orders.
At this stage of the game, I have
a hunch that the rank and ile are '
back of President Wilson; and with
Sullivan for Wilson, and Hearst stab
bing the Democratic 'ad'ministration
in the back, the Illinois Democracy
would have to do the splits to follow
both Sullivan and Hearst.
With a triple alliance of Sullivan,
Dunne and Hearst, and Harrison
flocking by himself on the outside,
and standing by Wilson the politi
cians might -be with the triple alli
ance, and the rank and file might
flock with Harrison.
It isn't so easyas it used to be. for'
a handful of men to get together in
a private room and decide what the
rank and file want and "whom they
will follow. ,
Where would the triple alliance