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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS!
, BY. tf. D. COCHRAN.
Teaching the Yoang Jdea. The
school teachers of Chicago are sup
posed to teach the Young Idea how
to shoot, and the members of the
school board are supposed to teach
the teachers how to teach the Young
Idea how to shooi
I have watched the political antics
Of the members of that-school: board
for a long time now, and I 'wonder
' just how the Young Idea, will shoot
when the wise men anf -women on
that board get through teaching it
how to shoot
And I wonder what lqnd of an. im
pression the Young fdea will get of
representative government for we
must assume that if we have re'pre
.sentative government in, Ghicago the
members of the school board repre
sent the people of Chicago.
The council is a standing object
lesson for the Young Idea m repre
sentative government. So is the coun
ty board. So is the police force. Like
wise the election board, the board of
review and all of the various boards,
commissions, individual public serv
, ans, etc.
Certain members of the school
board for what they think is right
There is a scrap. Some members, are
canned by the mayor. Other mem
bers are. appointed to take their
places. The canned members rush
before a two-legged human being
called a judge. The judge isn't a mem
ber of the school board. 'But he tells
the members what they must -do.
They rebel, and refuse tq do it The
judge gets hot under the collar for
judges are men and wear collars, and
sweat and eat and drink and sleep
like the rest of us.
" The judge represents the Law
something that nobody knows much
about. But the Law is dignified. So
is the judge. The dignity of the LAW
must be upheld. Also -the dignity of
the judge. Has he got any? I don't
know. But, ahyhoWfche sentences the
members to jail: Thfey get 'scared.
They quit fighting. They obey the
orders of the judge. The judge wins.
He has hfo-way. The. dignity of the
Law and the dignity of the judge
What -does the Young Idea think
about Itj all? The Young Idea knows
that the teacher bosses the pupils, the
school board members the tcadhers,
the judge bosses the school, board
members. Who bosses the judge? Is
it the Law? Who sain so? What is
the LAW' Who knows?
Suppose it goes to a. higher judge
one who gets more salary. And sup
pose'the higher judge says the lower
judge was wrong, and tbat the law
instead of -being thus and so is so and ,
thus. What then?
The Young Idea knows baseball It
knows that if a player misses, the
third strike and the catcher doesn't
drop the ball the' batter is out It
knows that if the batter knocks a fly
and the fielder catches it the batter
is, put It knawa that the pitcher puts
four bad ones outside the plate the
batter takes his base.
There is something scientific about
baseball. Also something human.
The Young Idea-knows the rules of
the prize ring. It knows something
The Young Idea knows how to
dance the tango--how to kiss, and
lots' of other things worth while
and human. But how Is it going to
know about representative govern
ment and the thing they call the
Really, when you come to think
about it, you1 can't blame the Young
Idea for thinking that Joe Tinker,
Mordecai Brown, Roger Bresnahan,
Christy Mathewson, Hans Wagner,
Ty Cobb, Eddie McGoorty and Bat
tling Nelson are greater American
heroes than Gov. Dunne, Mayor Har
rison, Dean Sumner and all the rest
of our senators, governors, judges
and superhumans put together.