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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 06, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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THE DAYBOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER,
BOO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
Editorial. Monroe 363
leieptlOneS Circulation, Monroe 3828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mall, United
States and Canada. $3.00 a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago,
I1L, under the Act of March 3. 1379.
LEGAL OPINIONS. There is
nothing binding about a lawyer's
opinion. Some men are governed by a
lawyer's opinion of the law when the
opinion is the one they want. That's
true of most people in asking advice.
They act on the advice that advises
them to do what they want to do.
A former corporation counsel ad
vised council that the Automatic
phone plant couldn't be forfeited
and sprung the fool porposition that
service meant being capable of serv
ing. The Automatic lawyers in look
ing around for a legal loophole the
Automatic bondholders could sneak
through dug poor old Milton out of
his grave to quote him as a legal au
thority, because he once wrote that
"He also serves who only stands and
waits."
I believe I called attention at the
time to the fact that under that in
terpretation a waiter in a restaurant
could take your order, refuse to have
it filled, but merely stand around and
"wait and then make you pay the bill
on the theory that he served you by
standing and waiting.
Now council has an opinion from
another lawyer who says that both
the phone franchise and plant can be
forfeited under the terms of the fran
chise. And Mayor Thompson has hired
Walter Fisher to give his opinion. I
don't know what opinion Mayor
TJiompson wantsjnit rdJheUUjredJLejentli
apple against a flea bite that Fisher
gives him an opinion to the effect that
equity abhors a forfeiture and that
the agreement between the city and
the tunnel company doesn't mean
what' it says, if it says anything that
wouldn't suit the owners of the Au
tomatic bonds meaning principally
my old friend Og Armour, the man
who helped put the stink in the stock
yards. But why be governed by what some
lawyers profess to think a court
would think if the case were pre
sented? Why not pass the forfeiture
ordinance and find out what the court
thinks? If we've got to fight Og in
the courts the sooner we get started
the better our chance of finding out
the law before this century is ended.
We have only 85 years left in this
century, you know.
My own experience leads me to be
lieve that the average lawyer will
think any old thing you'll pay him to
think.
SHORT ONES
It is when a fellow sits alone in a
boat in the middle of the lake in the
heart of the north woods and reads
in a scrap of paper that has been
around his lunch that 6,000,000 hu
man beings have been killed that he
gets the true perspective on war.
Chicago this season has eaten
enough strawberries to fill a train of
130 cars, and perhaps 10 or 12 crates
of them were good below the top
layer.
This is the season of the year when
the fond parent commences to under
stand things and regret what he said
about the school teacher.
It is odd how quickly a fellow can
reduce expenses when the merchants
refuse him credit
"Sure, then, you are related to
Barney O'Brien?"
"Very distantly; Barney was me
mother's first child I was the sivin-
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