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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 24, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Pulling for Prosperity. That pros
perity the newspapers are talking
about so much isn't visible to the
naked eye of the man out of a job.
And there are hundreds of thousands
of such men.
What the newspapers are! trying to
do is to apply Christian Science to
the commercial, industrial and finan
cial situation, by bringing prosper
ity through restoration of confidence
and hope in the minds of bankers
and business men.
If they can bring prosperity by
making people think we have it, well
and good. The man out of a job
won't be particular how it comes, just
so it comes and he gets some of it.
It costs no more to be optimistic
than to be.pessimistic. Going around
with a long face won't get us any
thing, and we may smile ourselves
into better times. Nobody needs
prosperity more than the newspa
pers, with the big war expense, the
loss on white paper and the falling j
away of advertising; and if they can t
get it for themselves they will have
to get it for the rest of us. And as
we all want it we might as well join
the band and pull for it.
The best thing Uncle Sam can do
is to roll up his sleeves and go to
work.
More Politics Again. Politics in
Chicago appears to -be just one
darned campaign after another.
We no more than wriggled through
a fall campaign than the office-seekers
girded up their loins and went at
it again this time for February pri
maries and next spring's election.
But then, politics is a business.
Getting office and holding office is a
business; and those who make their
living out of politics have to attend
to their business just like other, folks.
Theoretically politics is public busi
ness. Practically, the public doesn't
know much about its political busi-1
ness and lets somebody else mind its
business for it
It's a mighty expensive business,
too expensive for the public and
for those who make it their business.
Some people haven't yet figured
out to their satisfaction how an of
ficeholder can afford to pay more to
be elected to an office than the sal
ary amounts to but then we never
can quite understand how the other
fellow make a living at a business we
are not familiar with.
But then, they say there are tricks
in all trades but ours.
LETTERS TO EDITOR
A PUBLIC DEFENDER
Editor Day Book Under the pre
vailing judicial system an innocent
man accused of crime has a small
chance of acquittal if he is poor and
friendless.
The usual procedure of providing
him with an obscure and possibly in-
competent lawyer is farcical when it
is understood that an experienced
prosecutor will relentlessly oppose
every effort made to prove his inno
cence. An official public defender just as
able and influential as the prose
cuting attorney must be elected and
paid by the people before any penni
less man will get a fair and impar
tial hearing. John Budzilem, 36 E.
Oak st.
MORALS AND DRESS
Editor Day Book We hear a whole
lot of discussion nowadays regarding
flirting, arising out of the Miss Mc-Kinney-Mr.
Weigle case. It's always
the way with Americans they holler
to extremes when some new discov
ery is made and then there is a sud
den lull in the topic till something
more startling arises. Talking about
flirting, how can any sane-minded
person hope to exterminate this
phase of character from city life
where one sees so little of divine na
ture and so much of vulgar axtip.ciah
iHMft f--. ----- - -Jl- W.

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