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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
560 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago, 30 cents a Month. By Mall,
United States and Canada. JJ.OO a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago,
I1L, under the Act of March I, 11179.
PAID A MILLION DAMAGES
WITHOUT LAWSUIT. When a
railroad smashes up half a town and
kills 45 of the townspeople the next
thing you expect" to hear is of a flood
of lawsuits and trials of damage
cases dragging for years through nu
merous courts of justice.
Here's bne exception.
A perfect late summer day it was
in ArdmOre, Okla., Sept 27, 1915; not
a breath of wind, hot and sunshiny.
rA car of gasoline sat on the Santa
' Fe siding, and through a leaky valve
head, casinghead gas, the most ex
plosive gas known, was escaping and
drifting over the town.
A workman went to repair the
leaky valve; a cigaret touched the
gas somewhere in the town and the
explosion came. Everywhere at
once. The town was ruined.
The railroad's liability was unques
tioned; yet up to date not one law
suit has gone to trial and the Santa
Fe has so far settled about a million
dollars' worth of claims.
The 45 deaths cost the Santa Fe
$164,768.38; 478 personal injuries
cost $113,840.27, and 1,394 property
damage claims cost $538,171.87. Oth
er damages and claims bring the to
tal to a million.
Everybody is satisfied and all- Ok
lahoma has nothing but good words
for the Santa Fe road.
How was it done?
When the smoke and first shock
had cleared away, Pres. Ripley went
to Ardmore and met the citizens. He
said the Santa Fe recognized its lia
bility and proposed to do the decent
thing. He suggested a committee of
citizens to pass on the claims.
The committee was organized and
it has determined the amounts of
damage claims in nearly all cases.
The railroad paid. . Practically every
So satisfied that, should a few
claims not recognized by the citizens'
committee get before a jury, the
chances are very much in favor ot
the Santa Fe winning.
PARENTS WANTED. little Miss
Rosemary Teal of Milwaukee, an ex
tremely pretty girl of 20, an accom
plished musician, graduate of a Wis
consin convent and possessing an in
dependent income of her own, has
arrived at Los Angeles. Miss Teal is
not seeking adventure in the far
west Alone in the world, she wants
to adopt a father and mother.
"I have absolutely no relatives and
the worid is SO lonesome," says Miss
Teal. "If some couple as lonesome
as I am will adopt me I will return,
in love and devotion, the care they
bestow upon me."
It is worth mention if only because
of the novelty of it In this age of
female independence, most girls of
20 are trying to rid themselves of
home ties. They yearn to face the
world alone, not realizing thaj; the
maw of that same old world is greed
ily swallowing up thousands of their
sisters each day. They will not be
lieve that the world is a "lonesome
place" until too late. "Home and
Mother" is, alas! appreciated most
There's a heart throb and a moral
in Miss Teal's unusual plea.
Theday President Wilson began to
consider peace activities in Europe,
Wall street decided there was no
chance of peace and war babies
jumped in price. Wall street knows,