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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 23, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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dying for my country. But I am will
ing to take off my hat to those who
like that sort of thing.
So far as Sammy Meisenberg is
concerned, I don't care what his rec
ord was or might have been. It
would make not the faintest differ
ence in my hero worship such as
it is.
That old notion-that we shouldn't
speak evil of the dead is all
right as a rule, although the rule has
its proper exceptions. The rule prob
ably grew out of a spirit of fair play.
A dead man isn't here to defend him
self from attack, and unless .some
good may be done the living by tell
ing disagreeable truths about the
dead, it just as well for us' to keep
our mouths shut
The truth is we say that one
shouldn't speak evil of the dead, and
we really mean that the other fellow
shouldn't. For there is a disposition
on the part of every one of us to do
the very thing we say the other fel
low shouldn't do.
I think too much praise creates a
counter-irritant too much boosting
starts enough knocking to strike a
balance. None of us like to look UP
to other humans so we try to drag
them down to our level where we
can look them in the eye.
On the other side of it, we really
do like to lift the fellow who is below
us up to our level just as we like to
pull the fellow down who is above.
When a man is dead he can't get
in our way any more, so-we are con
siderate of him. All of us are then
quite willing to vote for resolutions of
respect
But if the resolutions lie too luridly
and offend us by too much exaggera
tion of the dead one's imaginary vir
tues, then we just naturally resent it
We'll stand for a little exaggeration,
of course. But we don't like it laid on
too thick.
We expect resolutions of respect,
like the preacher's remarks about the
late lamented, to be untruthful, but
we don't mind it if they are what the
Supreme Court might term reason
ably untruthful.
I think the Elks strike the happy
medium of charity for the dead when
they say of a brother: "His errors
(or vices, I forget the exact word)
we write upon the sand, his virtues
upon the tablets of love and mem
ory." That's the easiest way out of it,
and I think the best Anyhow, I can
think of better things to do than kick
a corpse.
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FIFTY FIREMEN TRAPPED IN W.
S. BLASTS MANY HURT
Fifty firemen were trapped when
two explosions followed the break out
of a fire at 1342 W. Madison street
yesterday. Most of the firemen were
hurt.
The first floor and basement of the
building were occupied by a saloon
and billiard hall owned by the John
D. Gazzolo estate and operated by
Aid. Frank and Louis Gazzolo. The
upper floors were used as lodge halls.
The fire attorney's office investi
gated a rumor that the place had been
fired by an incendiary on account of
the 'Gazzolos' connection with the
gambling war. This was denied.
The fire broke out in the basement
and spread upwards. The building
was wrecked. The property loss will
be about $75,000.
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'R.-H. HAS BEEN INCORPORATED
The Chicago Record-Herald has
been incorporated under the laws of
Virginia with a capital stock of $3,
815,000. This was disclosed when the
new owners applied for a license to do
business in Illinois. Their license
states that the capital stock is $1,
035,000. The following are given as incor
porators: James Keeley, Miss Louise
Gertz, Keeley's stenographer; Mrs.
Gertrude Keeley, the editor's wife;
W. W. Chapin, the publisher, and
James C. Russell, the city editor,
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