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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
G0 SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
SO cents a Month. By Mall. United
States and Canada, 3.00 a Tear.
Entered &a second-class matter April
21, 1914. at the postoffica at Chicago,
III, under the Act of March 3, 187.
DOWN WITH THE STRAP! The
long-suffering strap-hanger's day has
dawned at last.
After months of vain pleading with
railroad officials for a 5-cent fare
from Los Angeles, Watts, a thriving
little town on the Long Beach line,
has called an election for April 5 to
allow the people to vote on a bond
issue of $12,000 for a municipal jit
ney bus line.
The people of Watts, Calif., afel
now paying a 15-cent one way fare
to Los Angeles and have been vainly
praying for relief.
The city trustees, after careful in
vestigation, declare they can pur
chase for $12,000 and operate 14 nine
passenger cars which will earn $18,
000 a year, on a five cent fare, saving
the people of Watts $12,000, or the
cost of the cars, in one year.
What ho! the jitney 1
BE A JITNEY. Why not be a jit
ney? A jitney, as all the world will
soon know, is a bus that does not re
quire a track to run upon, is inde
pendent, and, because of its reckless
manner of getting immediate trans
portation results, is hurting the busi
ness of regular franchised roads with
real bond issues and a seat in the leg
islature. Then why not be a jitney? Read
what you please, so where you
please, eat what you please, do what!
you please, regardless of time or cir
cumstances, social surveys, efficiency
expeL regulating committees, pnfe
andflRis, health cures and dont
worrclubs. It's a new idea. Life.
SURE THING. "The objections of
Republicans in the senate are in no
way in opposition to the payment of
reasonable subsidies to make such
merchant marine possible," sayi
good old 50-year franchiser John.
Oh, sure! And there are a half
dozen moth-eaten Democrats in that
senate who haven't such objection,
too. The situation in the senate
could only be improved by having
Mark Hanna in that crowd, but we've
lost Mark and his eminent talent for
not objecting to subsidies.
The markets never were better, the
ships scarcer, or the rates higher.
But, as a matter of senatorial princi
ple, we've all got to pay somebody for
taking advantage of such an oppor1
tunity. It's the real scheme. It has
made Carnegies and Armours and
Rockefellers and Harry Thaws and &
lot of others whose limousines butt
us into the gutter, and to ask the
American House of Lords to give it up
is real foolish.
In 1914 the people of the United
States ate 400,000 Angora goats,
mostly in the form of spring lamb.
Perhaps the submarine and mine
are declared immoral on the ground
that they belong in the underworld.
La Crosse, Wis., children are auV
mitted to a movie theater for ose
freBh egg. We suppose children un
der six get in for one storage egg.
The adding machine is now said to
have been used in the days of Rame1
sis L That's nothing, Solomon in
vented a multiplying system.
A German scientist has discovered
a method of making food out of straw
proving that Germany is years bef
hind our breakfast food makers.