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has thought the same thing in print
We are not sure of ourselves. We
want somebody else to 0. K. our opin
ions before we will launch them. The
bold thinker is in the minority. When
he expresses a new thought thou
sands who have been "secretly think
ing the same thought rally around
the new leader.
What are we afraid of?
Leo Frank and Carl Person. I am
glad they didn't hang Leo M. Frank,
the Atlanta factory superintendent,
who was found guilty of" murdering
14-year-old Mary Phagan and sen
tenced to death at Atlanta, Ga.
I don't know much about the mer
its of the case. I don't know wheth
er Prank was guilty or innocent. But
I am opposed to capital punishment
and don't want to see anybody
AH over the country the news
papers took up the fight to save
Prank; and it was largely because of
Jewish influence that he has been
saved. I admire the way the Jews
stick, to each other and their gener
osity in taking care of their own peo
ple. And I heartily approve of the fight
made by the newspapers to get a
square deal for Prank, if he didn,'t
get one at his trial.
But I can't help wondering why the
newspapers don't as enthusiastically
take up the fight of Carl Person, soon
to be tried for murder at Clinton, 111.
Readers of The Day Book are fa
miliar with the case of Carl Person.
He was editor of the Strike Bulletin
at Clinton, and was waylaid and
viciously attacked by Tony Musser,
former chief of police and at the time
of the assault gunman for the Illinois
Musser was a big man physically,
Person a little fellow. After Musser
had attacked Person and had brutal
ly heaten him. he started at Person
again to finish the job. Person drew
his revolver and shot the big brute as
he came at him.
Now Person is to be tried for mur
der. That is all right. He shoujd be
tried. But what chance has he of
getting a fair trial?
The town of Clinton isan Illinois
Central town, much as' Calumet,
Mich., is a Calumet & Hecla town.
With an enormous monthly payroll
there, the people live mainly off the
I. C. Railway. i
Public onlcials come under the
spell of the powerful railway inter
Person has applied for a change of
venue -for the right to be tried in
another county where the railway is
not so powerful and influential. The
state's attorney opposes the change.
Here is another jnan's life at
stak,e. Why don't the newspapers
take up HIS battle as they did that of
Is it because Person's friends are
not big advertisers?
Saluting the Flag. I don't just get
that saluting.the flag business, unless
it is pretty much the same thing as
not only making a boy apologize for
doing something, but making him get
down on his knees to do it.
- I presume it's all right, however;
and that our national honor will feel
lots better after the newspapers tell
us that twenty-one rounds of ammu
nition have been fired from an official
Mexican cannon, and that one of our
ships hafe wasted twenty-one rounds
of perfectly .good ammunition po
litely replying to the salute.
But why waste all that good am
munition? It would have been much more
theatrical and spectacular to make
Huerta stand on his head and recite
the Declaration of Independence
Or to stand on one leg and sing
."Marching ThroughGebrgia" in the
key of X. y
Either of these would have been in
expensive and both sides could have
saved their powder.