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THE DAY BOOK
N. R COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 SO. PEOIUA ST. CHICAGO, IL.X.
TU7 !... Editorial. Monro 333
JelepnOneS Circulation. Monroo 3826
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 centt a Month. By Mall. United
States and Canada, 33.00 a Year.
Entered its second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postoffice at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March 3, 1S79.
A LESSON IN LAW
By N. D. Cochran
I am continuing the discussion of
various features of the street railway
strike because I think it will help to
guard against some causes of indus
trial disturbances in the future; and
I hope business men will read what I
have to say.
As a general thing business men
are the most ignorant men in any
city, OUTSIDE OF THEIR OWN
PARTICULAR MONEY - MAKING
They are influenced more by what
they read in the newspapers; and
most of them are not great readers
and not great thinkers except as to
the job they have tackled as their
The newspapers referred to the
lack of violence as if it were some
thing unusual for striking working
men to be orderly.
I presume there are many business
men who can't understand why there
was no disorder and violence.
The reason is that THE CITY
GOVERNMENT DIDN'T START IT.
Chief Healey came mighty near it
He had violence in his mind. He
was thinking of WAR. So he asked
council for 1,000 extra cops, nearly
$500,000 with which to pay them, and
50,000 rounds of ammunition.
As one of the aldermen stated it,
the granting of Chief Healey's de
mand would have been equivalent to-
a declaration of war.
Healey did what, probably, any
other officer on the police force would
have done had he been in Healey's 9
position. For his mind would have
worked as Chief Healey's mind evi- o
All of the education of Chicago po-
liceman has tended to make police- 3
men think just as Healey thought.
For mayors and council in the past
have thought very much as managers 3
of public utilities wanted them to a
think. Their first thought was to 3
turn the entire police force loose on
strike duty and TO HELP EMPLOY- j
ERS DEFEAT LABOR UNIONS OR f
Chicago was mighty fortunate in
having for mayor a man who did not -,
owe his election to the public utili- j
ties, the State street stores, the sub
sidized newspapers and the loop in- $
terests and Big Business generally. 3
And a mayor who was not put in of-
flee by a political boss, with money
furnished by the street railway and
allied interests. -j
An ordinary politician mayor would 0
have thought no farther than to use 0
all of the power at his command to (l
crush the strike by breaking the j
spirit of the strikers. His whole the- j
ory would have been to ENFORCE ,
THE LAW against one party to the
He would have welcomed the im- z
portation of thugs and gunmen as an 7
aide to the regular police force, and if j
that didn't work he would have called
on the governor for state troops. r-
I think the use of the police during
the newspaper lockout and the turn
ing loose on the community of crim- -
inal gunmen employed by the news-,)
papers had more to do with breaking B
former Mayor Harrison's back polit
ically than anything else he did or a,
failed to do. 5
Possibly Mayor Thompson didn't j
give much thought to the police. He R
got it into his head that he wanted to
stop the strike and, bring abouti?