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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 08, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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Again, the Sullivan Democrats are
the people, the H.-H. Democrats are
the people, the Progressives are the
people, the Republicans are the peo
ple, whether Lorimer Republicans,
Deneen Republicans or any old kind
of Republicans.
Take it all in all an alderman can
only properly represent all of the peo
ple by being wet, dry, Sullivan,
Hearst-Harrison, Deneen, Lorimer,
West, Farwell, Rosenthal, JVL-V.-L.,
liberal, conservative, Progressive,
Catholic, Protestant, etc., etc., etc.
Is it any wonder so many politi
cians are all things to all men?
"I Am a Democrat." I attended
one party rally during the recent lo
cal campaign. I saw intelligent men
get up one at a time and proudly ex
claim: "I am a Democrat." I heard
intelligent women make the same
statement, and with the same pride.
And I wondered what any one of
them would have answered if some
body had asked: "What is a Demo
crat''? In an alderman, what is the dif
ference between being a Democrat
and being a Republican?
Neither party had any platform
that I saw during all the hot-air cam
paign. The difference between a
Democratic candidate and a Republi
can candidate was merely the differ
ence between what they stood for as
men.
It is convenient, however, to be one
thing or the other because so many
voters are tagged and labeled and
vote the party ticket straight no mat
ter who happens to be the candidate.
So the responsibility is on the
voters after all. They get the kind
of municipal politics they will stand
for.
The "Bath House." During the
late campaign I saw much comment
in the newspapers about "Bath
House" John Coughlin, alderman
from the First Ward. I met him once
durin gthe campaign and felt for the
human touch. I thought there must
be something human about the man,
even if all that was said about him
were true.
I asked where he got the nickname.
Here is the short story:
"Before the Chicago fire my father
was a well-to-do grocer on the West
Side out on Polk street. After the
fire everythipg was gone and the fam
ily stood with no roof over our heads
but the sky. I was about 8 years old.
I was the oldest and though I now
would have to work and help the
family. I saw an advertisement of a
boy wanted at a Turkish bath house.
I applied for the job, and was select
ed out of 150 boys. I worked there
and learned the business. Later I
went into that business myself the
only one I had a chance to learn.
"After their long hours of work
some of the newspaper men came to
my place for a Turkish bath. They
came to know me and they called me
'Bath House John.' "
Perhaps YOU hadn't heard this
simple little story before. Possibly,
after what you had read in the news
papers, it had never occurred to you
that John Coughlin wasn't actually a
bath house, but a human being a
man who was once a boy.
How many of the big business men
of today went ta work at 8 years of
age to help support the family?
That's all I know of Coughlin. I
don't bother much about what I read
in the newspapers about people. But
even if all that is said is true, this
story helps his batting average with
me.
By the way, did YOU ever figure
up YOUR batting average as a man
and brother?
BELIEVE BOAT WRECKED
St. Johns, N. F April 8, Steam
ship Bonaventure reported passing
wreckage thirty-five miles southeast
of Cape Spear, increasing the fear
that the sealer Southern Cross, with
a crew of 170 men, was wrecked dur
ing last week's blizzard.
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