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THE DAY BOOK
K D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER,
wio so. rEortiA st. Chicago, ill.
Editorial, Monroe SS3
JelepflOneS CIrcnIatloa, Monroe 3820
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 postoffice at Chicago,
111. under the Act of March J, 1879.
HOW UNCLE SAM CAN REMOVE
BIG BURDEN FROM TAXPAYER'S
SHOULDERS. The American peo
ple are willing to pay the right bill
for the right kind of preparedness.
The average taxpayer has never
objected to the necessary cost of
carrying on the government
But he is going to object to should
ering the extra burden of enormous
profits which the private manufactur
ers of munitions are already planning
to heap on him.
Once he knows how he has been
gouged in the past, he is going to
tind the one way out which is gov
ernment manufacture of prepared
The very best reasons why the
United States should make all the
war material it requires can be re
du '"I to dollars and cents.
1-e government today is paying 53
cents a pound for smokeless powder
which it can manufacture itself at
25 cents a pound.
The war department has paid the
armor ring $17.50 for common 3.8
inch shrapnel when it could manu
facture the identical article for $7.94.
The war department in 1913 pur
chased 7,000 of the 4.7-inch shapnel
shells from the ammunition ring,
paying $25.26 each. At the same
time precisely the same article was
being manufactured in a government
plant at a cost of $15.45.
Ten official estimates have been
made as to the cost of armor plate. ,
The average estimate Is $238.64 a-4
ton. Since 1887 we have purchased
217,379 tons of armor, paying the x
armor ring an average of $440.04 a "
ton. If this had been manufactured
in government plants it would have
saved American taxpayers at least
Four firms which have practically
a monopoly of large army and navy ,
contracts on orders amounting to
$175,000,000 have been paid from 20
to 60 per cent more than' the same
wares could have ben manufactured
for in government arsenals and navy
Figures can be made to lie, but
these figures do not lie.
Could there be better arguments
for the government manufacture of
its preparedness equipment?
Headline: "Scouts Capture Entire
Staff of German Division," This cer
tainly sounds like militarism. Ernest
Thompson Setoh must be right.
Details of the discovery of a new
comet, seen from Copenhagen are
not to be had "owing to the censor."
Sqmebody should put sense in the
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