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THE DA7 BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 8. PSOIUA ST. CHICAUO, IA..
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago, 30 cents a Month. By Mull.
United States and Canada, 3 00 a
Entered. as second-oass matter April
21, 1914, at the postotflce at Chicago,
1IL, under the Act of March J. 179
THE HYPHENATES. There are
some over-zealous American citizens
of German birth or ancestry who
have been getting themselves in bad
by trying to influence the conduct of
this country in favor of the kaiser.
But that's no reason for any whole
sale roasting of German-Americans.
This country has no kick coming
against the patriotism of men of Ger
man birth at any time the country
needed their services. And if there
should, unhappily, be any clash be
tween this country and Germany,
there isn't any doubt in my mind at
all as to where the great mass of
German-Americans would stand
they would be just where they have
been ever since Germans began land
ing on our shores with the govern
ment of their adoption.
While a few of them have been
making much noise and even threat
ening the administration with the
German vote, the great majority of
them have been quietly minding
their own business and undoubtedly
hoping they wouldn't have to choose
between the land of their birth and
the land of their adoption.
And they could follow the stars
and stripes without losing their love
for the Fatherland. In their affection
for the land where they or their fa
thers were born they are no different
than any of the hyphenated Ameri
cans whose native land happens to
Ite EnglancIT France, Russia or Italy.
If this country ever does go to war
again most of the hyphens will disap
pear and we'll all be plain Americans.
There is more to fear from the po
litical demogogue who tries to play
politics with the hyphenates than
there is to fear from any of the foreign-born.
NEWTON D. BAKER. The new
secretary of war was Tom Johnson's
first lieutenant all the time Tom was
battling for real democracy in Cleve
land. Baker was Tom's director of
law, and when Johnson died Newt
Baker succeeded him as mayor for
two terms. Baker is a real progres
sive and a common sense radical. He
has been a pacifist, and said he was
for peace at almost-any-price. His
appointment means that President
Wilson didn't want a secretary of war
who was so scrappy that he would be
looking for trouble, but rather a man
who is for peace and the prepared
ness that makes for peace.
Baker will undoubtedly be heard
on the stump in this year's presiden
tial campaign, for he is a corking
good spellbinder and has a faculty of
making people understand what he
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