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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY M. D. COCHRAN.
What a Lot of Liars! All of us are
liars. We talk lies, write lies and live
lies. And we are liars because we
There' isn't a writer in this coun
try who writes for publication all he
thinks and believes. I go as far as
most of them, but I haven't the cour
age to write the bold, naked truth as
it runs through my mind.
We cover up our thoughts just as
we cover up our bodies. In both
cases we are ashamed ashamed of
nakedness and truth.
We are afraid of what others will
think and say. Each of us wants the
rest of us to think he is better than
he really is. So we pose. We put
That judge isn't just on the bench
and he knows it. He may be less of
a hypocrite than some other judge
but he isn't just. He isn't dignified.
He isn't solemn. He isn't virtuous.
Just when you think he is most
solemn and dignified he may be
thinking of that drink he's going to
take as soon as he knocks off work
and hikes for his favorite gin mill.
When you think he is carefully
weighing the weight of evidence and
delicately balancing the, legal see
saw in his mind, he may be thinking
of the pesky corn or the little toe of
his left foot.
The great editor is writing a noble
editorial on the brotherhood of man
and the cruel treatment of the Jews
by the Russian government. He
tells us what a wonderful people the
Jews are. I know he isn't sitting,
there loving the Jews he is thinking
v that most of his advertisers are Jews.
I smiled" to myself, during the war
between Italy and Turkey, when I
read editorial? 'iulogizing.the Italians.
For I knew tiwre were hundreds of
thousands or Italians in our cities'and
mighty Tew Turks.
On St. Patrick's Day the editor
1 gets out an edition to jolly the Irish.
And the orators tell the Irish, at St.
Patrick's Day celebrations, what a
great people they are.
Probably all they ever heard about
St. Patrick was that yarn about him
driving the snakes out of Ireland.
I don't object to the jovial jolly.
We all like it. A knock is better than
a boost. But a lot of it is con.
You are introduced to somebody
you despise. "I'm pleased to meet
you," you say. Who's a liar?
The preacher reads a text from the
New Testament. He discourses elo
quently upon the divine humanity of
Christ, when he wrote in. the sand
with his finger and said to those who
would have stoned their erring sis
ter: "Let him who is without guilt
cast the first stone;" and the next
day he will sic the police on the sin
ning sisters of today.
He doesnt practice what he
preaches. He says all men are his
brothers, and bids the rich man to a
feast in the diningroom and passes
a handout to his brother the tramp
at the kitchen door, and bids him be
gone. You can mite the rest of this your
self. You know it as well as I do.
We're all alike more or less. None
of us is altogether on the level. We
live a life of lies because it is custom
ary because others do it. We are
afraid to speak our .real thoughts
and truth is the most sensational
thing in humanity because it is the
The laws of God are the truth
man-made laws are largely lies.
I wish I were brave enough to be
altogether truthful. Wouldn't it be
A Veteran Honored In the March
14 issue of Fourth Estate there is an
interesting story about Miss Harriett
M. Dewey and a birthday reception
tendered her by her friends and co
workers of the Chicago Daily News,
The Fourth Estate says:
"Miss Dewey is the cashier of the