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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
COO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, I LI
T7;.,.o Editorial. Monroe 853
leieptlOneS circulation, Monroe 3828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
SO cents a Month. By Hall, United
States and Canada, 13.00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofllce at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
THE CHICK'S MOTHER. Editor:
Knowing you to be so kind at set
tling people's troubles, I would like
you to inform me who is the mother
of a chicken, the hen that lays the
egg or the hen that hatches it?
Please do not consider this a joke.
The answer is easy, despite the
fact that this question has long been
supposed to stump everybody.
The mother of the chicken is the
hen that mothers it.
Look up "mother" in Webster's
Unabridged and you'll find that it
means, among other things, these
"Having the relation or taking the
place of a maternal parent"
"That which has borne anything;
a source or protector."
The "maternal parent" is undoubt
edly Hen A, in whose unlaid egg was
the essential germ of .life, without
which there could be no hatching.
But after the laying of the egg, along
comes Hen B, who sets and hatches.
Immediately, say, appears, Hen C,
who takes the chick, broods it,
scratches up juicy worms for it,
takes the place of maternal and oth
er parents, and, hence, is the mother.
Observe, also, that under the second
definition we have quoted above
from good old Noah Webster, it is
even possible for your neighbor's
rooster to drive off Hens A, B and C
and by becoming, the "protector" of
the chick, become its mother, which
puts it within the ability of a roost
er to become both mother and father
of a chicken.
If "K. B." has any objection to
these conclusions, his quarrel is
clearly not with us, but with Mr.
Noah Webster, an authority of long
and widely respected standing.
: o c
A woman is as old as the man she
wishes were her husband thinka
Scott Nearing is preaching again
the doctrine that "510 a week is not
a living wage." Don't wake the Uni
versity of Pennsylvania.
Hague Ford peace meetings aro
under auspices of Royal Zoological
and Botanical society. Zoology for
squirrels and botany for nuts.
Now they say Abyssinia may en
ter the war on the Teutonic side in
stead of the British.' The kaiser's
diplomacy may be bovine, but it gets
there just the same.
An -eastern magazine advertises a
series on "war boomcities" and in
cludes Flint, Mich. And Flint gained
128' per cent in population, or some
thing like that, from 1900 to 1910.