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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS 1
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Taxdodgers. We make an awful
fuss when some poor devil robs an
individual, but robbery becomes re
spectable when an individual can rob
an entire community. And that's just
what a rich man does when he dodges
his fair share of taxation.
That same taxdodger will yell him
self red in the face for police and fire
protection for his property and, let
somebody else pay for his protection.
He will oppose labor unions and deny
his employe the right to organize for
a living wage and decent working
conditions and hide his property or
fix a tax official to help him sneak out
of his share of the cost of govern
ment. He'll urge the issue of millions of
bonds to huild good roads on which
he may ride in comfort in his auto
mobile and fail to list the auto for
He will appeal to the law to protect
him in his property rights, and pay
nothing for the support of legisla
tures, councils, courts and other ma
chinery of government.
Yet the workingman who owns his
own home will pay not only his share
of the cost of government that sel
dom helps him, but will help to pay
the share of an employer who dodges
his taxes and gets whatever protec
tion the law affords.
It seems that the more wealth a
man has the less taxes he wants to
pay. And there are some of them
who would bring a tax official with a
few hundreds to save them from
payment of the thousands they legit
State's Attorney Hoyne has start
ed in. on an investigation this time
that means something to wage-earners
and home-owners. If he gets the,
kind of support he ought to get .the
taxes of every honest taxpayer in
Cook county wlil be reduced by forc
ing the rich taxdodgers to pay what
Jhey have been dodging.
My hunch is that Hoyne can't be
pulled off, but will go clear through;
and that the trust newspapers won't
be able to suppress the news.
We are apt to find that the most
dangerous crooks in Chicago are the
richest and most influential crooks.
Very likely some of them are emi
nently respectable citizens and go to
church in silk bats every nice Sun
day. LETTER TOEDITOR
Editor Day Book Before Mr.
James E. Stuart, postal inspector,
proceeds to confiscate that present
ment of the human form divine called
"Nude," now on exhibition at our Art
Gallery, it might be well for him to
consider that his brother-inspector,
a certain Anthony Comstock of New
York, lost his job as a result of just
such a high-handed proceeding.
A growing and influential section
of the public realizes that from any
or every standpoint, mechanical,
physiological, chemical or aesthetic,
the human body is the most wonder
ful and the most beautiful organism
The attitude of the average police
man, inspector or other petty official
who "con,demns" it is one which
shows that he thinks himself wiser
than the creative force which created
it Dr. Rudolf von Liebich.
COLLEGE PAPER IN BAD.
The "Daily Maroon." student news
paper of the IT. of C, is in bad again.
The annual raking of the editors may
result in some dismissals from the
All of the trouble arose because
George Chottingham, editor, accused
an unnamed professor of "cheating"
by giving high marks for work not
President Judson of the school
said that the faculty would talk over
the charges of the editor and perhaps
take action, ,
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