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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Censoring Dances. A letter to
The Day Book from a workingman
on society censorship of municipal
dances is worth reading, because it
gives a good idea of what the work
ers think of this sort of censorship.
Personally, I see no more reason why
society women should censor dances
of the workers than why worker
should censor dances of high society.
There is in the very idea an implied
superiority on the part of what we
call society; and that doesn't sit well
on the chests of honest workers in a
country that we claime is a democ
racy. Let the workers censor their own
dances and they will do quite as well
as the soft-clothes folks do.
Immorality isn't a matter of dress,
or of dollars and cents. There is
quite as much morality and quite as
much genuine human nature at a
municipal dance at Dreamland as at
a swell charity ball at the Blackstone.
What we call culture is a mighty
thin veneer to cover up a human
barbarian, with all the original in
stincts, impulses and desires of old
Enforcing Tax Laws. Iinvite'pub
lic attention to the fact that the trust
press of Chicago is now openly en
couraging violation of the law. It
happens to be a tax law they don't
like, and don't want enforced, but it
is a law just the same, even though
it be a bad law.
Julius Rosenwald, reputed to be
worth over $25,000,000, has been in
ducted by a grand jury for violation
of a i ; law. He openly violates a
law that requires individuals to list
their personal property for taxation.
But no sooner had he been indicted
than the trust press started up a
chorus of howls against the alleged
injustice of the law itself, and began
making a hero and public benefactor
I am not making an argument in '
favor of this particular tax law or
any other tax law. I don't take much
stock in the taxation of personal prop
erty, because It is makmg a nation of
liars and perjurers of us, and is a
form of taxation more honored in the
breach than in the observance.
I do call public attention, however,
to this important fact; that the tend
ency of the present campaign of the
trust press in favor of open violation
of this one law, is to leave it to each
individual citizen to determine for
himself which laws he will obey and
which laws he will refuse to obey.
And that spells anarchy.
This newspaper campaign for law
violation is also an open invitation to
officers of the law to enforce only
such laws as the newspapers think
ought to be enforced.
It is also a threat to all public offi
cers that the newspapers will crush
any officer of the law who attempts
to enforce any law the trust press
doesn't want enforced and that
spells government by newspapers in-
fstead of government by laws enact
ed by a representative government.
What will be the effect on the great
majority of the people? How will it
increase their respect for law and
And what will the harvest be?
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