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THE DAY BOOK
N. D, COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILI-
Circulation! Monroe 3S26
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chl
ago, 30 cents a Month. By Mail.
United States and Canada, 33.00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postoffice at Chicago,
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
PUBLIC WASTE VS. PRIVATE
PROFIT. Three million bushels of
wheat and millions of bushels of
other grains and foodstuffs, and
thousands of bales of cotton flow to
waste daily over our great waterfalls.
Is. Uncle Sam going to stop this
wasteage at the cost of salving it, so
his people may have more and cheap
er food and clothing, or is he going
to let the job to private capitalists so
they may exploit the public and reap
This is the real question involved
In the fight now on in congress for
government plants to manufacture
The senate, as part of the army
bill, has approved an appropriation
of $15,000,000 for starting Uncle
Sam in the business of gathering ni
trogen from the air.
This plant is expected .to have a
capacity of 180,000 tons yearly. In
case of war this entire amount might
be needed for the manufacture of
ammunition and high explosives. In
peace times 160,000 tons would be
available to fertilizer manufacturers
This proposed government plant
should be just the beginning of Un
cle Sam's work of solving the cost
or living oy using tne puonc re
sources for the benefit of the public
The horsepower going to waste at
half a dozen water power sites, ex
perts testify, Is sufficient to manu-
T facture, PROM THE AIR, enough ni-1
trogen to double the productivity of
This water power belongs to the
government to all the people. The
air, from which the nitrogen is gath
ered, is also as yet public prop-
Our constitution authorizes con-
gress to pass laws to "provide for '
the common defense and promote '
the general welfare." To eyes not '
astigmatized by gazing too long
through the lenses of private greed, "
this proposal is simply one to pro
mote the general welfare. -'
The senate provision for a govern- '
ment nitrogen plant has yet to be
passed by the house.
Private interests are seeking con-
trol of our water powers for themselves.
"BULL." A little magazine has '
been started lately in New York
which carries the name of "BulL" It
asks that readers send it any fine
'samples of "bull." Here's the best
bet for today from Chicago. This is
from the official press dope of the As
sociation of Commerce and printed
in Chicago daily papers, who admit
they are pretty good:
"The large circulation and the high
standard of Chicago's newspapers
testify to enlightened, as well as
good citizenship, for the public press
is the best mirror of the spirit and "
the tendencies of a city."
THE CANDY KID
Mrs. James Rodie celebrated her
ninetieth birthday anniversary sever- '
al days ago. She attributes her ex
cellent health to the fact that her '
diet consists largely of chocolates
and other sweetmeats. Melrose, '
A large, healthy pigeon seated on
the minute hand of the Poughkeep
sie, N. Y., town clock caused the
mayor to miss his train by 20 mia
utes on a recent day. 5