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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5',
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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Cutting Express Rates. Have
YOU noticed those ads on the sides
of the express wagons that say
"Great Reduction in Rates"?
You never saw a sign on an ex
press wagon like that before Uncle
Sam started his parcels pos.t.
Before that time the express com
panies played together beautifully
and soaked the public systematically.
There was no real competition and
we might as well have had one
gigantic express monopoly.
Now, however, it's different. Uncle
Sam went into the business himself;
and you get not only low rates for
parcels post, but the express com
panies are getting down on earth, too.
Uncle Sam did it.
Elevator Accidents. An investiga
tion into all the elevators in the city
is about the next thing due. As the
saying goes, there have been about
a dozen horses stole in the past feVf
months and now, even this late m the
game, we might as well lock the barti
Every now and then and quite
frequently by the way you pick up
the paper and read about another hu
man life being crushed out in an ele
vator accident. And .almost always
the person who is killed is blamed.
In a great many cases, however, the
true story is that the elevator had
started up or down before the door
was all the way closed. Sometimes
the elevator doors are not locked and
maybe a death results from some
body walking right through the open
space and falling several stories to
There is a big share of negligence
somewhere and it "is negligence that
ought to be wiped out, and right away
before "another horse is stolen."
Let the proper authorities get busy
and "lock the barn door." It sounds
like a blame good proposition to have
all elevators made so that they can-4
not possibly move up or down until
the elevator door is locked tight shut.
It's up to somebody to get busy.
H. M. C.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
Editor Day Book: It is common
saying that "too many cooks spoil
the broth." This is what seems des
tined to occur at Atlanta, Ga., ac
cording to the article in The Day
Book of July 11.
If that notorious Men and Religion
Forward MovemenS has really the
welfare of the strikers at heart they
could do nothing better than stay
away. This, as every conflict between
labor and capital, is not a matter of
"religion," "humanity" nor any other
bunk, but simply a matter of POWER
The war in Colorado is still fresh
in our memory, coupled with the fact
that the workers were rapidly gaining
the upper hand and were just about
to gain a decisive victory, when ap
peals began to pour in to President
Wilson to rush out the federal troops.
which practically meant (as it turn?
ed out to be), snatching the victory
from out of the workers' hands.
The methods of working class war
fare have undergone a radical change
since the last half century. They are
rapidly learning the "tricks of the war
trade," and today, when it comes to
"force meet force" the capitalists are
openly worried. They are beginning
to see that the workers are cultivat
ing the same disregard for private
property as they themselves have .
shown, viz., the burning of tents,
shooting innocent women and chil
dren and raising all-around-general
hell .which is met by the workers with,
blowing-up of mines, burning build
From now on the bosses will think
twice before starting such hostilities
as those of Colorado, and they will
want nothing better for an easy-winning
conflict than just such quacks,
humanitarians, religious humbugs,