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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Let's Call It a Draw. Civilization
isn't interested in the crushing of the
Germans, the French, the English or
any of tie other peoples involved in
the war. The people in each of the
countries will have tax burden
m enough for years to come, without
one country being badly beaten and
forced to pay millions by way of war
indemnity. For the kings and the
ruling class won't pay it. It will come
out of the producers, who were also
No matter how our sympathies or
prejudices may run, we have nothing
against the people of any of the na
tions at war.
If the Germans were to get back
to their own border, and the Rus
sians kept inside their own boundary,
then would be a good time for peace
and a chance to call it a draw, agree
to abolish war, let the standing ar
mies go to work and the people of
Europe live happily ever afterward.
We've had enough now of the con
sequences of nationalism and patriot
ism. Let's get back to human brotherhood.
The Fining System. The Wo
man's City Club has taken a stand
for abandoning the fining of women
arrested for so-called disorderly con
duct that being a polite term for
prostitution and giving them in
stead terms on a city farm.
I don't know much about the city
farm punishment, but I do know that
fining a woman for this offense
i doesn't help anybody, and is little
better than blackmail. It doesn't re
form the woman. It only makes her
hustle all the harder at her trade to
earn money to pay the fine.
Fining amounts to this: A woman
goes out on the street to "hustle"
and sell herself for money to. keep
her housed, fed and clothed. Her
"business" is unlawful. The state
YOU and I and ALL of us arrests
her, fines her, takes some of her
earnings from her and sends her out
on the streets again to hustle all the
harder to earn the money to make
up for what we have taken away
Don't YOU think WE are in a
mighty mean business when we do
Let's Try an Experiment. What
do YOU think of the idea of some
Day Book readers who are interested
in the telephone situation writing let
ters to the other daily newspapers,
on the matter of council giving the
city's consent to the purchase of the
Automatic by the Bell Phone trust?
Write on one side of the paper.
Write plainly. Be courteous. Write
communications there can be no ob
jection to publishing, provided there
is no conspiracy of silence on the
part of the papers.
The purpose should be to start a
legitimate discussion of the people's
interest in the proposed purchase, so
that readers of the other papers who
don't get The Day Book may know
what is going on.
If fair-minded communications are
suppressed by all of the papers we
will have reason to suspect the exist
ence of a conspiracy of silence. If
some publish them and others sup
press them, we can get a line on what
papers are afraid to publish the other
people's side of a public question.
Dropping Their H's. Science,
which is always nosing around m
odd corners, has been trying to find
out why the English drop the H in
their conversation and say 'is for his,
'ow for how, etc.
One medical explanation given is
that it Is due to nervous strain, which
makes the mental effort too great to
bother about using the h; bad men
tality, due to bad nutrition. The ar
gument is that malnutrition affects
fiie mental powers and the mind does
not work as It should, and that edu
cated people notice that me tempta.-