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differ. Some of my relatives subscribe
tej . for The Menace, toe paper that
I- teaehes a man to hate his "brother if
he, according to his lights, follows a
religion taught him at his mother?
knee. While The Day Book preaches
the doctrine of the Golden Rule and
is left on the stands and those very
people are ground to the earth by the
System. They curse and blame the
Coal Trust, the Gas Trust, the Lum
ber Trust and then unite to support
papers like the News, the Hearst pa
pers and the Menace. Cochran, will
they ever wake up? You are doing a
, 'grand work. Don't get discouraged.
The Day Book can't die. It will soon
come to its own."
I thank "Veritas" for his letter, but
, do not feel about the subject as he
does. That is I don't feel like scolding
anybody for not taking The Day Book
or for buying and reading some other
Newspaper reading is a habit.
When a person reads any newspaper
for a long time he sticks to that pa
per through thick and thin, until
something happens to jar him out of
his rut That's what makes success
ful newspaper properties valuable.
Experience has taught me that it
doesn't pay to bank on gratitude, and
in that the worker is no different from
other humans. Anyhow I don't want
any worker to become a reader of
(& The Day Book merely because he is
graieiui jlui w licit liie uay .book is
trying to do. This adless newspaper
will have to stand on its merits as a
newspaper, not only with workers,
but with everybody else.
I have not made it an organ of or
ganized labor, although I believe in
trades unionism as the only solution
now of the worker's problem. I am as
anxious to help unorganized labor as
I am to help organized labor, but I
would have all labor organized if I
' could have my way about it.
I -think aaiewspaper like The Day
Book is quite as valuable to all other
members of society as it is to the
workers, although I think its success
means more to the workers than to
any others but that is because- they
are most in need of justice.
I don't hold wage-earners, under'
any obligation to me or to The Day
Book. I don't want anybody to be
under obligation to me. All of us
would be happier if we would do what
we think is right for the sake of being
right, rather than to get applause and
a few pats on the back.
Just this week I beard of aJState
street merchant who sometime ago
spoke bitterly of me, but later said
he had been reading The Day Book
and had changed his mind. That is
the way I prefer to have it work out
I mean that if a man is unjust in.his
criticism of me, he hurts himself '
more than he hurts me; and it isn't '
up to me to try to change his ' mind. f
Let him find out for himself and set '"
The same principle is involved in
my opinion of reformers. I don't like
reformers who insist on reforming
me, but I have great re.spect' for re
formers who reform themselves
I am not wise "enough to &now what"
my duty to humanity is; hence I don't
feel competent to say what my broth
er's" duty is. I doa't want anybody to
tell me how to worship God or how
to vote; and I don't want to tell my
brother how he should worship or
I don't want anybody td "tell me
what newspaper to read,' and- there
fore I don't to tell anybody 'else what j
one to read. 1 haven't asked union,
workers or any other workers to
boost The Day Book, but tine of the
experiments I am trying with this ad
less paper is ta find out whether the
people generally really want a paper
that givs them the .truth.
It is my opinion that it is vastly
more important to the people of Chi--'
cago that this paper be a success than,
it is to me personally. I want a big ;
circulation because I want a larger
audience, and oecauSe I want this"
first adless newspaper to succeed in
order that we may have a free pres
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