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of the panhandler and the crap shooter, If we-judge them by how much
harm they do to human society.
Now the point to all this is that plain, common, everyday human be
ings don't care much of a darn for any of the professional reformers. The.
truth is that mighty few of us want some other fellow to reform or uplift
us and we don't care for the fellow who tries it on us. That is, we don't
,want some rank outsider to monkey with our personal mortals, appetites,
thirsts or aspirations.
I Now you started out 'to please the reformers, Bill. You meant all
right, perhaps, but you didn't know that it can't be done. Supposes few
rich business men are acting as the meal ticket for the professional re
formers and then suppose the meal ticket wants something done that you
as- mayor don't'want to do and suppose you have really tried to please
the reformers who'll have more influence with 'em, you or the meal
, Don't you know that some of our strongest newspapers have their pet
reformers and keep them In the public eye? Will these pets go along with
you, Bill, or with the newspapers that want to get you?
Now, I'm not advocating unbridled license in Chicago. I don't believe
in it I'd regulate the booze business with an iron hand and a stiff upper
lip. I'd put the fellow who couldn't behave out of business for keeps. But
the law I would recognize would be the will of the people of Chicago not
the will of Davis, of Farwell, of Lyle, of.Cermak, or any 6f the booze or
anti-booze bosses or lobbyists.
Don't you know, Bill, that the demand for law enforcement depends
upon the individual's selfish interest and the law?
Some people want one law enforced, others want another. And I ques
tion whether there is one man in Chicago who invariably obeys all the
laws. How many of our very best reformers obey the law when it comes
to returning property for taxation? -
Don't you remember how some of our richest ciitzens howled'when
Hoyne wanted Julius Rosenwald to obey the law and pay his fair .share of
How many newspapers are demanding that automobile owners obey
the speed laws? By the way, if you're such a stickler for laws, why don't
you enforce ALL of them?
You know, and I know, and every newspaper man in town knows, that
many state laws are openly violated in Chicago for the simple reason that
the people of Chicago didn't make the laws, don't believe they are. good
laws and don't want them enforced; '
In conclusion, the point of this is that If you don't want to be a dls
, mal failure as mayor, you've got to give the people of Chicago the kind of
government they want. Your job is to find out what they want Quite
naturally saloonkeepers dpn't love the liquo laws any more than our rich
captains of industry and philanthropists love the tax laws, or automobile
makers, dealers and owners love laws that might hurt the automobile
business. Try enforcing ALL laws for one week, Bill, and just see what
a lot of law-haters you'll stir up in Chicago. Sinperely,
, ' N. D. COCHRAN.
Four seriously hurt when bridge- . El Paso. U. S. army of 50,000 en
, tender raised B. & O. jack-knife camped in El Paso district is eating
bridge when hand car. ws on i. 370 jbiejes a day,
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