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THE DAY BOOK
At D. COCHRAN
EDITOR ANB PUBLISHER.
BOO S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILI-
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Entered a9 second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postoffice at Chicago.
III., under the Act of March 3, 1&79.
THE WETS AND THE DRYS.
Bishop Samuel Fallows and six other
clergymen have rushed to Mayor
Thompson s rescue, asking public
support for the mayor's aldermanic
candidates for no other reason than
that Thompson "is the only mayor
in forty years who has had the cour
age to enforce the law."
And by enforcing the law they
nfean only the particular law that
they wanted enforced the Sunday
By taking this narrow stand in a
municipal campaign these preachers
have got clear down on the very low
political level the booze interests
take. The fanatical Wets don't care
how an alderman represents his con
stituents otherwise so long as he
votes wet And now it appears that
leading Drys don't care how rotten an
alderman is otherwise so long as he
Governments are not established
and maintained merely to regulate
human thirst. People are interested
in other things, and there are govern
mental functions quite as important
to civilization as regulating the use
I wouldn't care a darn if all of the
saloons on earth went out of busi
ness, although I think over-eating is
responsible for more ill-health and
human wperv thnn ov--drJnVlnr-,
But I do oblect to the bigotry of both
the Wets and the Drys when tney i
seek to subordinate everything else
to their will on this one thing.
The booze interests are selfish and
would control politics in the interest
of their business, but the Drys who
would support a rotten, reactionary,
grafting alderman.'if he happened to
be a Dry, are no better.
It so happens in this campaign
that some of the aldermen the
preachers are opposing have done.
about all the work for temperance
that has been done in council. That
doesn't put haloes on their brows in
my mind, but it also happens-that
they have fought for the public in
terest on many occasions and in mat
ters more vital to the public welfare
than the booze issue.
To my way of thinking, some of
the reform work of otherwise excel
lent aldermen is impotent piffle, but
their real, earnest work n protecting
the public from greedy corporations
and grafting lawyers and politicians
has. been great And I'm judging
them by their batting average.
r OUR CARTOONET
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Win M'" n-o -pirloiu the things he
has been waiting lor.