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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
580 SO. PKORIA ST. CHICAGO, I LI
Circulation, Monroe S8M
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier in Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mail, United
States and Canada. JX.W a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21 1914, at the postoftlee at Chicago,
HL, under the Act of March i, 1879.
MARTYRS TO DEMOCRACY- In
every generation there is one man In
this country who is to a greater or
less extent a martyr to democracy
a man who pours on the altar of free
dom his prospects in life, his per
sonal comforts and friendships, and
that esteem of his fellow men of
short sight which may easily be as
dear as life itself.
Such men have always existed in
America, but they become illustrious
ly prominent only at that time in our
history when the rights of man to his.
labor and the fruits thereof became
issues in our affairs.
Wendell Phillips saw that chattel
slavery was only a part of the prob
lem of human servitude; and so long
as he lived, he stood for the aboli
tion of those subtler forms pf slavery
under which the masses of men still
After Phillips, came Peter Cooper.
Like Phillips, Cooper might have
lived honored, comfortable, at peace
with wealth and aristocracy; but he
chose to fight for the rights of the
common man. He died rich and re
spected, but he never had the confi
dence of the men among whom he
lived. He was a "dangerous crank."
Cooper was never a good speaker,
nor a skilled writer, and he had no
great genius for public affairs; but
putof the movement which, hejbead.
ed there "emerged the dashing rnffl
tary figure of James B. Weaiyer.
During Weaver's time there also
arose John P, Altgeld, one of Amer
ica's great ones. He dared to set free
the anarchists, as clearly convicted
by popular clamor as was Leo Frank.
But in setting them free, Altgeld
brought down on himself a hatred as
bitter as the cause of It was great;
for he extended to the men who at
tacked property the safe protection
of the laws that all agree should M
given to those who only attack life.
Tom Johnson was one of the great
est of these. He threw away his for
tune and kille'd himself for the cause
of common man. More clearly than
Gerrit Smith, Johnson understood
that land monopoly is the great en
The present-day Altgeld, Weaver,
Cooper, Phillips, John Brown, Gerrit
Smith, is Prank P. Walsh, chairman
of the federal committee oh indus
trial relations. He stands for free
dom. He is for equality. HebeHevea
it wrong ior a JoocKereuer 10 uavu
more power over a state than the
public opinion in that state. He d&rea
treat the richest man in the -world
exactly as if he were the poorest
And he is receiving his martyrdom.
It is not over yet; for the hate which
he must be proud to have directed at
him is tHe same hate which existed
when old John Brown was hung Thd
hate of the slave driver for the abolb
A NICE QUESTION, A Smithy
La., man charges his family physician
with having operated on him for ap
pendicitis and with the using the re
moved appendix for fish bait, with
which he caught a four-pound trout
Isaac Walton is quoted as having
said that it is entirely ethical to swipe
worms from another fellow's can if
you are out of bait yourself, but it
looks to us as if this Smith doctoi
was over-enthusiastic. At- any rate,
if he's a gentleman, he'll hand over