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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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other country." Silly exceedingly,
but logical. Let that logic pursue
you through citizenship in every
known nation to the certain conclu
sion that your parents forty years
ago had no right to bear you.
Many current editorials on pa
triotism are more tactful, more in
sinuating, than this one. But I re
member no written or spoken word
that does not convince me that pa
triotism is dangerous folly. The
stock of it may be good any form
of reverence is good but the mani
festations of it barrack room life
and military drill, trench life and ar
tillery duels, colored ribbons on the
coats of laborer and bank president,
many nations fighting, each one in
"self-defense," crowds applauding
the national anthem at the movies,
dead men and legless beggars, tariffs,
anti-alien acts, ambassadors, widows
young and old, ruined cathedrals,
torn fields and paintings are all, un
equivocally, bad.
Why foster patriotism then. Rev
erence is best as a natural unforced
sentiment. Patriotism is so misun
derstood that it could be exorcised
root and branch with less injury to a
people than one editorial exhortation
in its favor will accomplish.
Considering what patriotism does
we can hardly, even, assume a posi
tion of indifference about it We
must come to see that quite clearly,
it is not good but an evil. Theron P.
Cooper, LaCrange, III.
PRAISES BURLESQUE LIFE I am
a constant reader of The Day Book
and I think it is the only paper for
the workingman because it gets to
the bottom of everything and prints
only the truth. Long may it live.
This is my first attempt at answer
ing anybody, but in justice to show
r business I can't help writing as I do,
.especially about burlesque, in an
swer to Miss Mildred Meyers of San
Francisco. I have been in burlesque
' four seasons and I want to say right
now from my experience you will find
as many good-hearted people in the
show business as you will find else
where. Poor little spoiled child! If bur
lesque was so rotten and filthy as
Miss Meyers claims it to be, why did
she remain for three seasons? Why
didn't she quit when she found out it
was so rotten?
It strikes me all Miss Meyers is
looking for is notoriety. Would like
to write more explaining my experi
ence of four seasons of burlesque, but
it would take up too much space.
Reta Connor, 1734 Madison St.
THE SUFFERING HALF. One
half of the world lives for the other
half, and one-half suffers for the
other half. Chrisf is not the only
one who suffers for the sins of oth
ers. Some tenants drive nails, spikes
and screws into the walls, ceilings,
floors or doors for their own conven
ience. They smear grease all over the
walls, door knobs ad windows. They
track and grind in nicely-finished
froors, sand, grit and dirt Their men
folks urinate outside of the bowl just
as often as they strike inside, leav
ing an odor in bathrooms worse than
skunks. Their women folks leave
enough hair in the washstand and
bathtub to clog up the sewer.
Their accumulated dirt inside and
outside of the bathtub cannot be
hidden by enamels or paints. The
bedbugs and roaches they rear and
feed brands them as the most filthy
of all animals. The foul smells and
odors a bunch of this kind accumu
lates and leaves in a building is too
frightful as well as revolting to de
scribe. They are often the class of
people who secure the best buildings
to ruin while neat, respectable peo
ple are only able to obtain wretched,
dilapitated hovels, which have al
ready been made filthy by this same
filthy class of people.
The landlord has already become
disgusted with tenants in general, so
that when he does secure a good,
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