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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 09, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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LETTERS WRITTEN TO
THEDAY BOOK
Editor Day Book: I am a reader
of your Day Book and see what boys
have been writing to you about the
cops. It is the same way around our
house. When we are waiting around
the corner for the rest of the kids old
McLaughlin and Beer Belly come
along and say, "Move along now,
move along; it's time you kids ought
to be in b'ed," when it's only 6 o'clock.
Then we go over in the vacant lot
on VanBuren and Laflin and start to
play ball. Then they come along and
say, "Don't make no noise, kids, or
we'll chase you out of here." There
is no other place weahave to play in
and they won't even let us play in
there. They're afraid we might break
some windows. There are no swim
ming pools or playgrounds around
anywhere. So when we want to go
swimming we have to go away out
to Desplaines river. If you do not
know how to swim you're liable to
drown, so you see you're not safe.
Please excuse the writing and
paper, because we each had to stick
in a cent to buy the paper and pick
out the best writer of the bunch.
Yours Respt, Us Kids,
John Keenan, 14 years,
1333 VanBuren Street.
John Simers, 12 years,
1327 VanBuren Street.
CRITICISM OF DAY BOOK
Editor The Day Book: Permit me
to write my opinion of your new style
journalism, together with a criticism.
One Man's Opinion I believe The
Day Book plan is destined to revolu
tionize the newspaper business. It
will develop into a larger proposition,
giving more news and fuller details,
and will sell easily for 2 cents. Why
not? It is plain common sense.
The other so-called newspapers are
tiresome bedsheets. I always thought
them a nuisance. A person who
reads one should pay, two fares on
cars for extra space and for disturb
ing other people.
A Criticism IP The Day Book
plan is right, why, then, we who read
it believe all papers should adopt the
same convenient style.
" Now, Mr. Editor, you are giving us
no Sunday or holiday papers. If, as
you say, you and your help need a
holiday the same as your readers, so
likewise do all the newsgathering
agencies, reporters, etc., all over the
world. Supposing we had attained
our ideal and all papers were like
yours, and by your arrangement, all
news people rested Sundays and holi
days (as much their right as yours),
then, in that case, all the world's
news would go unrecorded, and those
days would represent just so many
blanks in the world's progress. No
matter how important the event it
would be forever lost to the world.
Every time you miss an issue it sets
you back just so far, and I firmly be
lieve it weakens your hold on and
good intentions with the people.
It never can be what it should be
until you give us a paper every day.
Perhaps the sun needs a rest, too, but
nevertheless it must shine on every
day. It is a necessity.
W. L, Needham.
TAX IDLE COAL LANDS
, Editor Day Book: "A Constant
Reader" says John Wanamaker wQl
add enough to his prices to make up
for the extra day's vacation. Now,
what I want to know is, Why don't
he add to his prices now? Why wait
for vacation days?
"Constant Reader" seems to think
that the storekeeper fix the price.
This is not true. It takes two to
make a bargain, and the 'customer
can refuse to buy. In every case,
where there is no monopoly, the-law
of supply and demand rules. Where
there is monopoly, as in the case of
the coal trust, which controls all the
hard coal in Pennsylvania, of course
the price is fixed by the monopolists,
but there is a very simple but radical
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