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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 02, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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But, what'sense is there in talking
about and groaning over conditions
of 40 or 50 years ago, anyway? Man's
views of God, government, the world
and man himself havcundergone rad
ical changes since Judge Cullen was
young. In the past half-century there
has been more change, not to say
progress, in men's thought and ac
tion than in any similar period in the
earth's history. The fellow who would
have human affairs as they were 50
years ago is a thousand years old
and over and he must stand aside.
Even the principle of personal rights
has aged, somewhat, and we begin to
define it as that which is best for all,
a sacrifice of individual rights or ad
vantages for the common brother
hood. At all events, man is arrayed
against monopolization of rights by
classes and only the especially favor
ed and the aged fear what he will
finally accomplish. R. F. Paine.
letterstoIeditor
REPLY TO SERCOMBE
Editor Day Book: Mr. Sercombe
is puzzled at the spectacle of the
members of the Sunday School Asso
ciation praising each other for devo
tion to the business that butters their
parsnips. Nor can he understand
their point of view in honestly believ
ing that all progress depends on the
manner in which they conduct their
profession.
Permit me to quote from one who
has put more mental dynamite" in
men's brains than any other living
man. Bernard Shaw says, "There is
no harder scientific fact in the world
than the fact that belief- can be pro
duced in unlimited quantity and in
tensity, without observation or rea
soning and even in defiance of both,
by the simple desire to believe found
ed on a 'strong interest in believing."
People who believe that the.future
of the race depends on the teaching
of Hebrew history and mythology will
fcalieve anything. Capture a child's
mind, teach him solemnly and faith
fully that the moon is composed of
green cheese, that his material and
spiritual future depend on that fact,
and a host of astronomers will not be
able to erase the feeling that some
where on the hidden side there is a
large quantity of cheese.
H. O. Perlee.
ABUSE OF CRIPPLES
Editor Day Book: I wish to call
attention to an incident that hap
pened to me last week while out in
the country. I am crippled, and to
pay my expenses I was selling small
articles in Elkhart, Ind. I walked to
a house and rang the bell. A woman
came out and said "Go on, you dirty
beggar." I protested against such
foul language and walked away.
Some minutes later a police wagon
came along and slammed me into it.
At the station i was told to stop
peddling. I would like to know, can
any so-called respectable rich man
or woman abuse an unfortunate crip
ple and on top of it have him ar
rested? Go in the jails in any big
city of this glorious country and you
will find poor cripples inside. As a
rule, he has no friends, no money,
and hence is an easy prey in the
hands of the law and respectability.
Coarse language is used against crip
ples by some police all over this coun
try. I for one man made up my
mind I will no longer serve as prey
for the sneers of petty snobs or the
brutal language of some police.
I back up these words with my very
life if need be. I want to protest
against such unfair and cowardly
treatment. . F. Miller,
509 S. Sangamon St.
COUNTERFEIT HALF-DOLLAR
Editor Day Book: I am a coun
terfeit half a dollar; my father's
name is Schemer. I am one of a large
family numbering" possibly into the
thousands. When I "came into the
world my breast was emblazoned
with the Goddess of Liberty and my
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