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JV. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER,
BOO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, IDE.
V-7 l Editorial.
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier Jn Chicago,
30 oenta a Month. By Mill. 'Ucltsd
States and Canada. J J-09 a Tear.
Entered, as second-class matter April
21 1914, atthe postottlee at Chicago,
111., trade the Act of March S, 1(79.
l ness because its money isn't in equip
ment but in the pockets of Harri
mans, Morgans and other manipula
tors. The government is to blame.
It hasn't let the Chicago, Rock Island
& Pacific fix rates as'highas the traf
fic will stand.
Mudge is one railroad .president
who testifies that "letting the rail
roads alone" means letting them
gouge the public and rum. themselves.
LETTING THEM ALONE. The
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific is the
biggest railroad ever put into the
hands of receivers. Listen to its
president, H. U. Mudge:
"We have an undue proportion of
cars in bad order.
"If I had my way about it we would
buy 5,000 standard high-class box
cars right now.
"I am sure- the stockholders will
come forward with a plan of finance
that will enable the road to rehabili--'
tate itself out of the prosperity which
is novenng on xne tnresnom ot this
"The real underlying trouble with
our road is the government's atti
tude toward railroads. We must
have higher rates and lower costs."
The reader will hear a familiar note
in the foregoing explanation of caus
es of the receivership. The railroads
haven't been "let alone" enough. This
is to be the political keynote of every
buncoed and rascally corporation in
the country. Big business, crooked
or straight, hasn't been "let alone" in
doing anything it pleased. Having
done his political song and dance,
President Mudge added this:
"Our bonded indebtedness might
have been greater with benefit to the
road if the money had been put into
the property. In that case we would
not be in areceivership today."
Prosperity is here, but the Chicago,
Rock Island & Pacific can't do buai-
AN EXPLANATION. The bare
foot boy who wades in the brook the
first warm days of spring wonders
why the water in, the middle of the
stream dances along much faster
than the water at the stream's edge.
Observatfonrwill show him the
next time he wades in the brook
that the water at the side is held back
by rubbing against the banks; the
water in the middle of the stream is
also held back a very little bit by
friction or rubbing against the slower
moving water on the edges.
But friction between water and wa
ter is much less than friction between
water and solid matter. So the wa
ter in mid-stream has less check to it
and so moves on much faster than
the water at the edges, which is held
back by friction with the banks.
Dr. Lyman Abbott says creation is
a fable. That's what we thought;
none of us are here at all.
Alaska would make 470 Rhode
Islands, therefore it is a great credit
to Alaska that it hasn't made even
While confessing ignoran of di
plomacy we have an idea that which
ever side volunteered to" make con
cessions In order to bring peaceVould
be the big" winner in this war.
Persons who think deeply will re
alize that there is more danger to
America in the fact that a Japanese
carried off educational honors in
Washington than in the establish
ment of a naval base in Mexico