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because religious factionalism has in
sisted and still insists on many things
that are not essential to religion.
Organized religion has put so much
money and time into brick and mor
tar edifices that-lt must be attentive
to those whose means enable it to
keep up and maintain its expensive
plants. Such organized religion as
that is foreign to my thought of reli
gion. Ilnions can do a great deal to
show us how to live according to the
teachings of the Carpenter of Naza
reth. Geo. M. Waterman.
A Square Deal in Taxation.
State's's Attorney Hoyne has started
inon a campaign new to state's at
torneys of Cook county he is going
to use all the power of the law to
make taxdodgers quit dodging then
taxes and pay them.
In this campaign he should have
the cordial' support of every honest
.No arguinent can be advanced that
will convince the average man that it
is fair to make one citizen pay taxes
on a thirty per cent valuation df his
property and another on ten per
-The fate would be much lower and
nobody who now pays his fair share
of taxes- would .pay more if every
body paid on 100 per cent valuation.
At that it wouldn't make any dif
ference in money paid whether taxa
tion were based on 100 per cent val
uation or on 10 per cent valuation
provided everybody listed property
on the same basis. It would mean, a
high valuation and a low rate in one
case, and a low valuation and a high
rate in the other.
That, however, is- not involved in
the figl Hoyne is making. He is
fighting special privilege in taxation.
He insists that the rich should pay
on the same basis as the poor.
There have been tax officials in the
past who have permitted rich and in
fluential citizens to escape their fair
share of taxation, while making the
citizen without a pull pay more thai
An official who plays favorites in
taxation is setting himself above the
law, for the law never contemplated
that any citizen should enjoy a spe
cial privilege in the distribution of
the expense of government.
In substance Hoyne's fight is for
a square deal in taxation, and all of
us ought to be for that.
Crazy Newspapers. The Tribune1
was coming along fine while it was-;
backing up President Wilson on his;
anal tolls policy. The Trib was get
ting in good with the public just as
fast as Hearst was getting in bad. '
Then s6mebody lost his head and
the Trib began trailing behind Hearst r
in his crazy attempt to plunge this'''
country into a fool war with Mexico.
On the war thing the Trib is now
nearly as bughouse as Hearst.
And if Wilson averts war both
Hearst and the Trib will look like a' .
pair of dirty deuces in a new deck.
"I want to vote against prohibit "
"Why, are you in the liquor busi
ness?" "Far from it I run a gold curej"
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