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THE DAY BOOK 1 1
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
SOO S. PEORl ST. CHICAGO, ILI..
lolonhnno.o Editorial, Monroe 353
. w. ,,... -u circulation.
, Monroe 3530
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago. SO cents a Month By Mull.
United State and Canada. 13 OU a.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1314. at the postoffice at Chicago,
111, under the Act of March 3, lii9..
FOR INCOME TAX PUBLICITY
In its demand1 for "publicity of in
dividual income tax returns, The
Day Book, with its associated news
papers, has been joined by the fore
most weekly journal in America
the brilliant and powerful New Re
public. , In its current issue this publication
which is generally understood to
have the backing of Willard Straight
of J. P. Morgan & Co. declares for
full publicity of income tax returns
as the surest immediate method of
No man of large income, it is ar
gued, would have the nerve to with
hold his income tax from ttie gov
ernment if he knew his local papers
would publish each year the names
of their citizens who pay the Income
tax, thus laying his dishonesty bare
to his fellow-townsmen.
At present the New Republic
"We have collectors of Internal
revenue scattered rather sparsely
over the country with a corps of as
sistants altogether too limited in.
number to perform the difficult and
delicate task of checking up any
considerable proportion of the state
ment of income submitted by the
taxpayers. 'Everybody' may know
that Mr. Black is making and spend-
ing ten thousand a year, but the in
come tax administration .is' most like
Iv NOT to know it
' "Why does nobody suggest to this
revenue collector that Mr. Black i
would bear Investigation? Because '
of popular sympathy with Mr.
Black? Not at all; few communities '
have deep sympathies for a man
with $10,000 a year who is trying to r
dodge taxes. The community simply -DOES
NOT KNOW that Mr. Black is
paying no income tax."
Another fellow may feel humili
ated, the New Republic admits, be
cause his tax return shows he makes
only $10,000 a year instead of $15,
000, but "why should the American
democrat happy on $1,500 a year,
care about such a foible?"
Socialists might make capital out
of the classifications they could
draw; but ttie New Republic opines
the facts of the concentration of
wealth are probably less disconcert
ing than the guesses now passing for
"What good reason have we, then,x
for maintaining the principle of se
crecy in income-tax returns?" And"
the NW Republic answers its query
later on: "The mpst expert service
will make small headway against
tax-dodging unless it is permitted to
make the fullest practicable use of
SETTING THE DOCS ON LAZ
ARUS. The porters employed by
the New York stock exchange
struck for a raise jn wages from $55
to $60 a month. Did they get it?
No! Without even a hearing their
demand was refused and a mew gang
v nireu to take their places, at
what wages the news stories do not
The news columns do say, how
ever, that the porters were nearly all
oia employes who had been serving
the stock exchange for years. But
the demands of these faithful old
men demands that jvere certainly
modest In the extreme were treated
with absolute ignominy and they
were forced out on the streets.
Lazarus, the becear. had to i f.