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It very seldom happens that a
driver is pinched for speeding unless
he is going over 25 miles an hour.
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
KDITOIt AND PUBLISHER.
5. I'UOniA ST. CIIICAt.O, ILl-
Tplonhnnoa Editorial. Monroe 353
xeiepiiun.s circulation. Monroe 36
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Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1911, at the pontofflce at Chicago.
III., under the Act of March 3, li.lf.
THE SPEED LAWS. The fact
that Judge Wade as judge of the
speeders' court had soaked many a
speeder for violating the speed law
invites public attention to a law that
is generally violated by common
consent. On Michigan boulevard,
for example, most autos run from 20
to 25 miles an hour. There is some
question whether the traffic could be
taken care of if autos kept within the
15-miles-an-hour limit. Ordinarily
the traffic cops pay no attention to
the man who drives at a 20-mile clip,
if he appears to be- a careful driver.
And a careful driver can keep his car
under control at that speed.
The speed law is one of the many
laws violated by common consent
It is a law that has been amended by
the policeman's discretion. And, as
a general thing,- that discretion is not
abused. The driver who. gets too gay
and who Imagines that he is cock of
the walk or boss of the boulevard
may be yanked up for exceeding the
speed limit, even though he drives
no faster than others.
Many of the speed laws were made
befdre the public knew much about
the automobile. Custom has made
officers of the law wink at Its viola
tion by careful drivers. Yet it makes
it possible for them to curb the road
hog and the driver who shows a
reckless disregard of the rights of
DeddBtrians and other drivers.
WILL THEY BE SCARED CLEAN?
The epidemic of infantile paralysis
in New York has apparently been
checked. Deaths and new cases are
both diminishing rapidly.
The physicians in charge of the
fight have accomplished wonders.
New York is a veritable hot-bed of
disease, paiticularly children's dis
ease. Bloc!; after block of filthy, un
sanitary, tenement buildings, each
housing a good-sized community
packed like sardines in a box, rear
their ugly facades on the east side.
It Is next to a miracle that an epi
demic of the virulent type of this
one, once so fully under way in that ,
congested district, should have been
controlled until it had ravaged the
New York and the whole United
States are to be congratulated; the
more sp if the largest city in the
oriel takes its scare so much to
heart, that it will now raze a few of
the germ Incubators on the east side
and improve the frightful conditions
of the balance. New York owes it to
the nation to keep Itself, at least phy
THE BLACKLIST BUSINESS.
In blacklisting of American firms,
under its "trading with the enemy
act," England is within its technical
rights, but the boycott is a measly
business for Great Britain to be- en
gaged in and it can be made a costly
one if the department of commerce
will lend a little aid.
The allies have benefitted hugely
by the disposition of America to stand
on its rights of free trade. This lat
est move smacks too much of the
baby act. There are a whole lot of
ways in which England can be
brought to time in short order and all
Uncle Sam will have to do will be to
keep his eyes straight to the front;
maybe wink a little,