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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Which Was Ignorant? I read a
little story in the Tribune Sunday
which made me .hink. A man whose
name was given as Ralph Radke was
arraigned before Judge Newcomer on
the charge of distributing handbills.
He was fined $15.
According to the Trib, Radke said:
"I have no home. The world is my
country. My religion is to do good;''
to my fellow man." &
"If all men would quit workjand
agitate as you say you have 'been
doing for the last six years, how
would we eat?" asked the judge.
"That is a ridiculous supposition,"
said Radke. "I am working to edu
cate the workers so that they will get
rid of the capitalistic system. They
must take possession of the means
of labor." $
"I am afraid your economics is not
sound," suggested the court.
"I know as much about economics
as any man in this room," said
Radke. "I have read Marx, Kropot
kin, Proudhon and all the rest. I
challenge the court or any other man
or woman you want to name to de
bate their system of economics with
Of course, Judge Newcomer didn't
accept the challenge. He had all the
best of it He was a judge, and Radke
wasn't So he soaked Radke $15.
Now I don't know either Radke or
Judge Newcomer from one of
Hearst's bales of cotton, but I'll gam
ble that Radke who was fined could
have made Judge Newcomber, who
did the fining, hump himself in an ar
gument on political economy.
"The world Is my country. My re
ligion is to do good to my fellow
men." Can Judge Newcomber beat
THAT? Has he any better religion?
If that isn't sound political economy
and religion according to Christ,
I'd like to hear Newcomber debate
with. Radke. With nothing to go on
but the story in the Trib, I'll bet on
Important if True "Public Safe
ty," an interesting local magazine,
prints a good picture of Roger Sulli
van on the first page this week, and
underneath the picture are these
Roger C. Sullivan, Biggest Man in
Illinois Today 'Victorious in Defeat,
He Is Yet Capable of Naming and
Electing Chicago's Next Mayor."
hat may be true. I don't know.
But if 1t is true, where is democracy,
with a small d? I had a vague sort
of notion that the people of Chicago
elected their mayor.
If there is any man in town, no
matter .who he may be, who is pow
erful enough to name and elect Chi
cago's next mayor, then all this talk
about government of, by and for the
people is bunk.
If Roger is smart enough to pick' a
Democratic candidate whom a ma
jority of Democrats want, and then
a'majoirty of the people also want
that nominee for mayor, then Roger
can name and elect the next mayor
only in the sense that he guesses
right on what the people want
If he were powerful enough to name
and elect any man he might pick out,
without regard to what the people
might want, then that would be too
much power for any man to have in
a democratic community.
After all, and in spite of their dis
position to flock like sheep, the peo
ple do the electing, even if party lead
ers or bosses do the nominating
through control of party machines.
A Chance for The News The Her
ald has sent a shipload of Christmas
presents to the children of war
stricken Europe and the Tribune is
now working on the sympathy of the
American people to bring some of the
war orphans over here.
In the meantime, winter has struck
us and the business depression has
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