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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 21, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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LETTER TO EDITOR
HOW WE LIVE
Editor Day Book: In the midst of
turmoil and strife on the one hand,
and the abounding love of our few
male and female friends on the other,
it might help some to know how we
live. Especially does this come to me
at this time after reading an article
by one of your lady writers. In part
she says "love one another," but how
many of us do this? Well, for my
part, I can say that I love everybody
more or less. We are all brothers and
sisters. That is very well and quite
true, but the farther some of our
brothers and sisters are from us the
better, the better for them and far
better for us. By the way, isn't there
great sisterly love in the vicinity of
Knab's restaurant?
We live as thought we were to be
called off into the Great Beyond daily.
We owe no man anything. We ask no
favors, but expect fair treatment. We
give the glad hand to everybody, the
hand of true f riendshiD to our friends
only. We let everybody think, speakl
and do as they see fit as we each haye
our peculiarities which makes each
one distinctly individual. We listen
to anyone who has anything worth
while to give in advice that is good.
We do not spend our time idly, for
when we have nothing to do we put
this wonderful and beautiful body of
ours to bed and cover it up with sweet
sleep. Then where our spirit goes at
such times is our private business.
We work at different labor, and
neither day or night stops us, and
king, queen, president or pauper look
alike to us. If anyone wishes to see
us they must come to see us where
we see them without ceremony,
"come weal or woe, either ways we
take them." We love to work and
hope to God to live as long as we are
able to perform our daily work to
our own satisfaction. We haye no
particular hours for eating and sleep
ing. We eat when we are hungry
and love to make our own selection.
When in pain or sorrow we know
that the sun .will shine again. We
give our love to few, our greatest
love to one. We never avoid people,
knowing that what we meet today we
will not have to meet tomorrow. We
pay slight attention to anyone that is
mean and ugly because they simply
cough out their own dirt, and it's
their privilege. We have given freely,
but seldom get any thanks. Still we
get our blessing through being able
to give. We respect everybody, for
it's our nature, but we do not ex
pect the same of everybody. We cul
tivate the mind, develop the physical,
keep our eyes and ears open, walk
alone, mind our own business and
give God the glory, and endeavor to
live up to our name which is John.
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HERE'S A RECORD BREAKER
By Gilson Gardner.
Washington, July 21. The most
astonishing and sensational happen
ing in Washington during the last
twenty years has just come to light
in the fact that Mr. Samuel Andrew
Witherspoon of Meridian, Miss.,
member of the house of representa
tives, has turned back into the federal
treasury the sum of $82.20, the same
being his salary for four days which
he spent1 away from Washington on
private business. This is the first
happening of this sort so far as
known in the history of congress.
Members go home to mend their po
litical fences; they go to Europe to
mend their physical condition; they
go anywhere or everywhere for
recreation and pleasure; and they go
on drawing their pay.
There is a law, to be sure, which
says that members may not draw
their salary for time when they are
absent from their duties in Washing
ton, but this law never has been ob
served and members were quite as
tonished recently when Minority
Leader Mann informed the house that
such a law exists. Mr. Witherspoon
tried to keep the incident secret re
garding it as a matter be"tween his
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