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iV. Z. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, XU
SUBSCRIPTION nnirri.. (r. ro,l.-..n
30 cents a Month. By mI United
States and Canada. JS 00 a Tear. ,
Entered as second-class matter .April
21 1914. at the postottioe at Chicairo,
lit. under the Act of March I, 187.
BILLY SUNDAY. I have a letter
from a friend of The Day Book ex
pressing surprise that we are pub
lishing the Billy Sunday sermons,
because, as the writer puts it:
"1. I had always looked up to .The
Day Book as the embodiment of clean
thinking and high ideals.
, "2. I had always considered The
Day Book a representative endorsing
only those men who did clean think
ing and had high ideals in their par-"
, "3. I had always thought that if
The Day Book should ever indulge in
sermons it would at least secure
these sermons from a minister whose
sincerity and honesty could not be
Many things have been printed in
The Day Book that I do not endorse,
but.I am not trying to make it an or
gan merely for the dissemination of
my own ideas or beliefs or opinions.
On the contrary I am trying to make
. if In mifli o TiOYffcnnTiAr fnr its nrl-
M) ers. I would put it better to say I
?.am trying to let the readers make the
sSt'-TJaper as much as they will.
fjF Undoubtedly Billy Sunday has
many critics. But he also has many
admirers. He attracts enormous
crowds wherever he goes. His ser-
.mons may at times be coarse and
even vulgar, but there are many who
like them. He doesn't preach to
empty benches. And I do not know
1-that I am wise enough to judge him.
In fact, I am less and less inclined tp
judge any of my fellows as the years?
I had no particular purpose h
printing these sermons this week, ex-;
cept that they might serve to inter-i
est new readers in The Day Book and)
give old readers a line on the man
so many clergymen in Chicago are
anxibus to have come here next year"
and conduct a revival.
I neither, eiidorse nor condemn
Sunday, although personally I have
little confidence in the permanent
value of religious revivals. I would
prefer the conversions that come
through reason rather than through
emotion, if there are such. But I do
not see that the publication of the
sermons in The Day Book affect in
the least the three reasons given by
my friend for being surprised.
I would like to have The Day Book
become as much of an open, forunvas
possible a clearing house for
thoughts and ideas. Many communl
cations come in that are ill-tempered
in attacks on othersbut the majority
indicate sincerity of purpose, and we
can respect that in others even
though we cannot agree with them.
If Billy Sunday is insincere and
dishonest it will befound out In due
time. My first impulse is to give a
man the benefit of the doubt and be
lieve him innocent until proven
guilty, I don't think it will hurt any
of us to read what Sunday says, even
if we are as far from him in, belief as
it is possible to be. It may be true
that revivals are dangerous to a com
munity and do more harm than good
by resurrecting the old-fashioned
hell, which many of us do not believe
inbut it is here, and we will have
to make the most of it; so we might
as well face it.
I have often published opinions with
which I wholly disagreed, but am will
ing to have open discussion of any of
these points of disagreement, so long
as they are not openly offensive.
' The Day Book is neither Catholic,