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fTHE DAY BOOK j
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 S. PBORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago. 30 cents a Month. By Mall.
United States and Canada, $3.09 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postoffice at Chicago.
IIL, under the Act of March J, 1879.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
THE TRUTH, THAT'S AuL For
the information of many who are
writing letters to me on the religious
issue and the public schools, let me
say this: I am not trying to, please
Catholics, Protestants or any other
class or group. I am trying to give
the truth to readers of The Day
Book, without regard to what, indi
viduals the truth may please or dis
please. My own belief is that relig
ion has no proper place in the public
schools, and I'll do all I can to keep
it out What parents may want their
children taught in that line outside
of the public schools is none of my
business. If I were a member of the
school board I would vote to dismiss
any teacher who tried to advertise
her creed in the schoolroom or in
any way sought to interfere with the
asolute freedom of her pupils to
worship- as theyplease. It is "no
proper part of any public school
teacher's business how any pupil
pleases to worship God.
I don't care a pagan cuss how
much the Guardians of Liberty fight
what they call the Roman Catholic
Hierarchy, or how hard the hier
archy fights back. There are fanat
ics on both sides, and there are on
both sides cunning politicians who
will try to use the scrap to their own
And that's what some of them are
doing now. The religious Issue Is,
stirring up a lot of people. It is be
ing used to stir them up. But it isn't
the real reason for Jalce Loeb's fight
on the Teachers' Federation. It is
merely an excuse used to cover up
the real purpose and to get votes in
the school board to help accomplish
that real purpose. That's the truth
I am trying to get to the real friends
of the public schools.
Mark this prediction now: This
very issue will be used this fall to
elect Lowden governor of Illinois.
POLITICAL SOLDIERS. Com
menting on the appointment of regu
lar army officers to command Illinois
militia, the Trib says: "The damage
of a political appointment to military
command cannot be overstated or
overestimated. It is deadly. It
shows in casualty lists. It kills and
maims. It converts a reasonable
chance into a great hazard. Regular
army officers given cqmmand of vol
unteers will save life and protect
comfort. For the sake of the willing
men wlio have left civilian life to
their nation's service efficient officers
ought to be provided. Why should a
plain, drudging, hardworking soldier
suffer because a man not as good
as he is in spirit or willingness to
serve wants to be an officer? A de
mocracy gives its soldiers no more
rotten deal than that of providing
thein with inefficient officers."
Yet Major R. R. McCormick, one
of the commanding officers of the
First Illinois cavalry, was promoted
from nothing to major by one
scratch of Gov. Dunne's pen. Would
the Trib call that a political appoint
ment? Or is present company ex
cepted because the maje happens to
be editor and publisher of the Trib?
A little boy only six years old was
boasting that he worked in a black
smith shop. "What do you do there?"
he was asked. "Do you shoe horses?"
"No, sir!" he answered promptly.
"I shoo flies." Our Dumb Animals.