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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 27, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Rotten Politics. No reason has
been given for the requested resig
nation of U. S. District Attorney Wil
kerson at this critical time and the
appointment of a fellow named Clyne.
No public complaint had been made
of Wilkerson's conduct as a public
servant. There was no demand from
the people for a change. Not even the
rank and file Democrats were bother
ing their heads about it.
But Wilkerson happens to be a Re
publican, and a Democrat wanted
his job. The Democratic party is in
power, and we happen to have a Dem
ocratic senator from Illinois who
takes a keen interest in loaves and
fishes.
That's about all there is to it It
would be the same if Wilkerson hap
pened to be a Democrat and we had
a Republican administration. , ,
I don't know whether the FOOD
HOGS are back of the sudden de
mand for a change or not.
I do know, however, that to the
general public it makes no difference
whether a public official is one thing
or the other -politically if he attends
to his business.
"To Him Who Hath." I can begin
to see the meaning of "Ask and ye
shall receive" and "To him who hath
shall be given."
A committee of prominent bankers
appeared before the Board of Review
and asked that bank taxes be reduced
because of the uncertainty of foreign
collections, or something of the kind.
iAnd the amiable members of the
political Board of Review generously
struck over $21,000,000 from the as
sessment against the banks, thereby
making the banks a present of- some
thing like a half million dollars.
Supposedly the banks were assess
ed according to law. If they were the
Board of Reyiejv had no right to re
duce that assessments So much
money will have to be raised by taxa
tion. If $500,000 is taken off what the
banks would have to pay, it will have
to be paid by somebody else.
That means it will be taken off the
backs of the strong and piled upon
the backs of the weak.
There is little danger of the banks
losing money on account of the war.
They play a cinch game in both war
and peace. Anybody that gets any
money from a bank must either put
up Al collateral or stand in with the
bank.
When they do take risks there is
no reason why they should be per
mitted to dump that risk onto other
taxpayers.
There is as much sense in the
Board of Review giving the banks
that half million as there would be
in the board of county commissioners
making an appropriation for that
amount and handing the cash over
to the banks as a Christmas present.
Open Gambling in Chicago. I in
vite Mayor Harrison's attention to the
fact that one big gambling joint in
Chicago is running wide open the
most dangerous gambling joint in
town.
In this joint prominent millionaire
gamblers are publicly and brazenly
gambling daily. They are not gam
bling with poker chips. They are not
playing bank or the roulette wheeL
They are not shooting craps or bet
ting on the ponies.
They are gambling with wheat,
corn and other foodstuffs, and their
gambling affects the daily life of mil
lions of people.
Their gambling is making the peo
ple of this country pay war prices for
food in spite of the fact that we have
record-breaking crops.
I refer to the Chicago Board of
Trade.
Why not back a few patrol wagons
up to that big gambling joint and pull
It, just as you would a poker or crap
joint 5nly a litUg more go.?, -
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