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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
r.00 SO. PEORI4. ST. CHICAGO, ILL
Editorial, Monroe 853
T.I..1..... Manorial, nouoe us
leiepnones circulation, Monroe 3820
SUBbCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
30 cent a Month. By Mall. United
StateB and Canada, 13 00 a Year.
Entered 'as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postotrice at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
THOSE BUSINESS AGENT&
Theoretically every man is presumed
to be innocent until he is proven
guilty. Anyhow, that's what the law
tells us. Practically it isn't so. The
general run of humanity assumes
that an indicted man fy guilty until
he is proven innocent? We're even
worse than that most of the time
we believe charges against a man or
woman even if they are mere gossip.
So, in accordance with the general
rule, most folks will assume that the
labor union business agents, just in
dicted, are guilty. Mayhe they are.
' I don't know. And the public won't
know until the evidence comes out at
If they are guilty, no doubt they'll
be punished and that may help the
union cause in the long run. At the
same time the cause would be better
off if they were innocent. .
But even if they are guilty as
charged, how many will stop to think
that all of the dirty tricks crooked
labor leaders ever practiced were
learned from the bosses?
The beef barons divide up the
country among themselves and plun
der everybody. And if these charges
are true nine labor agents divided up
Chicago into nine districts and plun
dered a few of the people. One id
business, the other graft.
As for the slugging, the daily news
paper publishers have conducted a
1 school for sluggers for many years.
They taught crooked labor leaders
the trick of taking the law into their
own hands by the use of wrecking
The town was divided into divi-
sions with a boss for each division,
and each division boss had his wreck
ing crew of sluggers. The police
were afraid of the newspapers and
let them have their way with their
How many of Chicago's labor slug
gers learned their first trick as em
ployes of the newspaper circulation
How many of them figured it out
that if it was all right to slug for the
profit of rich newspaper publishers,
then it must be all right to maXe a
business of slugging for their own
Those who want to get at the truth
about crime in Chicago will have to
go back of the effect and get at the
cause. That may carry them back to
the boyhood of sluggers and to who
taught them how to slug,
Answer this question to yourself.
What's the difference between city
"police and hired thugs beating up
garment workers for the financial
benefit of clothing manufacturers,
and labor thugs smashing windows
and beating up men in order to finan
cially benefit themselves?
And how are we ever going to
teach respect for the law in Chicago
when the officers of the law have no
respect for it and are lawless them
selves? o o
Capt Eugene Bourassa, a military
officer in Montreal, "Who in private
life controls a clothing store, states'
that the war has. caused among his
patrons an average expansion of
chest measure from 36- to 40 inches.
This is true not only of those in ac
tive service, but of all the citizens.
He explains it on the ground that
all the men are mentally and 'phys
ically preparing for service now or
in the future.