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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 25, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5',
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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
" BY N.-D. COCHRAN.
Our Reverence for Relics. I no
tice that at the Presbyterian doings
Rev. S. Hall Young, a missionary in
) Alaska, presented two gavels, each
. made from the tusk of a walrus he
had killed in a trip to the far north.
Dr. Stonethe retiring moderator,
got one, and Dr. Alexander, the new
moderator, got the other.
Then Rev. W. C. Covert of Chi
cago gave Dr. Alexander two gavels,
one made from the wood from a log
' of old Fort Dearborn and the other
from the "massacre" tree.
All very interesting, no doubt. It
is a common practice with us. The
walrus tusks are trophies of the hunt,
like the scalps that used to hang
from the Indian's belt.
And the wood is just like any other
old wood, of course just wooden
wood. But we worship the past
Some people go dippy over ruins
that is, ruins of brick -and stone.
Human ruins are not so interesting.
I heard a story years ago of a relic
hunter who was thoroughly enjoying
communion, with the old rocks of an
cient ruins. He ran across some
where that thing about "Pooraesar,
, dead and turned to clay, might stop
' a hole to keep thewind away," and
was awfully disappointed when he
couldn't carry away with him as a
relic either a piece of the hole or a
little chip of the wind.
If he could have got either it would
have been so pleasing to him to point
out the relic to his friends who hap
pened to be boring him by calling on
him and say:
"That's a piece of the hole poor
Caesar's clay stopped to keep the
"And right here you see a little
slice of the wind. I got them the last
time I was in ftaly. They are the only
relics of the kind in captivity."
Over 400 women made application
fpr patents in Great Britaiif lastear.
LETTERS WRITTEN TO
THE DAY BOOK
ADVICE TO ALL SORTS OF BOYS
Editor Day Book: The worst
thing you can do, or think of is to become-
A soldier never knows right from
A soldier never thinks.
A soldier never reasons.
A good soldier is like a tool; he
never thinks, he just obeys.
If he is told to shoot his fellow
men, his friend, his neighbor, his
relatives, he does it without thinking.
When he is told to shoot down men
in a crowded street, men who are
poor and who are clamoring for
bread, he does it without thinking,
and sees the gray-haired old woman
stained with blood, but he feels no
vIf he is told to act with a firing
squad to shoot at a hero or benefac
tor, he shoots without thinking,
though he might know his bullet will
pierce the bravest heart that ever
beat in human breast
A good soldier is heartless a
heartless, murderous machine, he is
worse than a savage, for a savage
only kills in self-defense.
All the manhood, all the good 4n
him, all his sympathy, he has swdrn
away when he enlisted in the army;
his body, his mind and his soul are
owned by his officers.
No boy should think of ever being
Your "Big Brother" does not be
lieve in killing institutions; we don't
need them; we can get along much
better without them; we want insti
tutions that gives happiness.
No boy can go down fower than a
soldier. Jack Robbins.
THE SUICIDE PROBLEM
Editor Day Book: A few days ago
there appeared in the Chicago papers
a two-column or more story concern
ing Coroner Hoffiman's-report on sud-