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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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won and I have lost, but 'winning or losing 1 gained experience. lj jye
made mistakes, and I have learned something from my mistakes. C
I have fought for my ideals as an idealist I have worn ml heart
upon my -sleeve', and I have had it bruised. I have tried reforming an(j
uplifting others, and haven'i succeeded to any considerable exte.nt either in
reforming or in uplifting myself. I have seen earnest idealists staZf out
on the great fight with the enthusiasm of youth and ambition, only Aq fgfa
ana to fail crushed and bleeding never to ngnt again, i have
against the system, and have been
knocked down. But I am still stand
ing, and still fighting though Lhave
learned something of the trick of
fighting the devil with fire, and of
backing up to get a fresh start.
Some of my illusions have been dis
pelled. Doubtless some are still with
me. But I think that I have learned
as I went along more and more of
plain, ordinary human nature as I
have tried to get closer to it.
As I have learned to know much of
my own weakness, I think I have
come to understand better the weak
ness of all human nature and its
strength and glory in its weakness.
I have passed the point where I
think I can really do much to reform
anybody, or to uplift anybody al-.
though I still hope that I can help to
make it easier for any of us who
want to reform and uplift ourselves.
I have reached the point where I
am more anxious to make men think
than I am anxious to make them
think what I think they ought to
think. For I have come to believe
that when we begin to think we'll
work out all right in the end even if
we think wrong at the beginning.
I think one of the greatest things
I have learned is to be tolerant . I no
longer boil over when attacked, even
though it may be unfairly and un
justly. For, I realize nw that some
-ho have criticized me have been
AQnest about it, and sincere, with
tb e li ht thev had. And it is possible;
-f course that some of them were
right in the past, and that some or
tb'm are right now.
So I think I can discuss politics
confidence that I am always
and the man who doesn't agiree
me is always wrong.
In the present Series I will
with the plan of the Sullivan
cratic faction to organize a Ta
political machine in Chica
Cook county, modeled after
tern of the First Ward Demo
club.
I will discuss Kenna and Coughtih,
and whether or not they are faithful '
representatives of their constituency
in the First ward. I will prQabjjK
just hs freely discuss other jwep;
known public men, as well as many
human phases of city politics and
government I win discuss reform
ers, upllfters, bosses, preachers, busi
ness, State street, bankers, judges,
politicians, and men and women of
the upper and underworlds.
And all of it will have a bearing on
the future government of Chicago. I
will write in the hope of making what
I write.both interesting and helpful,
although I am quite sure some of ray
opinions will appear to the orthodox
as decidedly unorthodox. Perhaps
the chief reason for writing, however,
Is that I just happen to feel like it.
The first installment wiU be pub
lished in The Day Book tomorrow.
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FIND U. S. FORT PLANS IN ROO
OF GERMAN SUSPECTS
New York, March 1 Suddenly
breaking into quarters ol Richard
Von Ahrend and Rudolph von Kracht,
said to be German naval lieutenants,
1 m postal conspiracy
charge, postoffice inspectors herd
and individuals with more tolerance confiscated batch of American fqrtifi-j
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