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' THE PUBLIC FORUM
OUR NEXT PRESIDENT
By J. B. S.
Shall Big William take the job;?
tDon't suggest that he'll play hob.
With Frank Lowden's barrel to tap
jThings should run -without mishap.
Bhall BQl guzzle down the sap?
THE RIVER IS TO BLAME!
One of the Eastland masters I for
get the name stated, according to
Newspapers that the Chicago river is
to blame for the Eastland murder
Great Scott' How simple! Where
jwere we, oh, where were we, the poor
boobs, that we didn't know before'
it's eternal shame that we couldn't
Hilrik of that until the wise owner of
the sailing morgue came along with
puch an enlightenment! The river is
to blame? Why, sure Mike! If there
Wouldn't be no river, no boat can get
there unless then can drive them on
Wheels so nobody would get
frowned. That's dear. If the bed
pf the Chicago river would have been
glled with feathers instead of water,
Why the poor "Little Feller" No.
S96, the story of whom must touch
the heart of stone, and hundreds of
others, would be alive today.
Isn't this a wonderful logic ? Lusi
lania went down. Who was to blame?
Vhy, the Atlantic ocean, you mutts!
'If there were no ocean you know that
to boat and no submarine can get
there. Why blame Germany or Eng
End or anybody else? Blame the
icean. When a man is run down on
the street by an auto, who is to
Jlame? Why the street, you stiffs!
fhe auto can't run by If there is no
Jtreet or road for it When a house
lurns down, again who is to blame'
Why, the house, of course. And so
n ad infinitum. By this great logic
ve can positively fix the blame for
tnything that happens under the
am. Great is the capitalistic mind
and blessed be the fools who think
with master's brain! You may treat
it as a joke, but the moment is too
serious and I wonder how long the
people can stand it John Molek.
FIXING THE BLAME. The Sun
day following the Eastland disaster,
which sent over a thousand men,
women and children to their death in
Chicago river, a minister of this city
said, in substance, this: "God was
there when the Eastland went
down." That is the belief of all
Christians of every sect In other
words, God knew all about it, could
"have prevented it and didn't The
grand jury of Cook county will try
to find the man or the men, if such
there be, who knew the Eastland was
unseaworthy, could by acting on that
knowledge have prevented this dis
aster, but didn't In other words, they
are trying to find the man or the men -who
most closely resemble what all
claim for God. If they can find a
man who answers that description,
he will either be executed for mur
der or sent to the penitentiary for
life. There will be or would be no
difference of opinion among the re
ligious people of Chicago as to the
fact that any man who possessed the
Almighty's knowledge and power as
to the Eastland, and acted as the Al
mighty did, is the arch-criminal of
this generation. His name would be
come for years to come a synonym
for "human fiend."
Of course, no such man exists. The
world doesn't contain a human being
as fiendish as God is claimed by re
ligionists to be. W. T. Brown, 1024
North Robey st
RUBBERNECKS. There is one
duty that all strangers owe to rela
tives and close friends of the dead. I
was as curious as the next fellow to
form in line and enter the various
morgues and rubber at the corpses,
hut T wmirt not do it Decause i aia j
not have a friend or relative on the jj
Eastland last Saturday. It is not
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