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If they are nqt with you now, Bill, it isn't their fault it's yours,
haven't changed. So it must be YOU.
Don't you know that a mayor can
keetf" the people with him if he stays
Davis of the Anti-Saloon league
isn't the people. Neither is Reform
er Lyle. the preacher politician. Nor
Cermak, the political boss for the or
ganized booze business. Nor the
Tribune, the News, the Herald or
any other newspaper. Nor Deneen,
West, Lundin or any other politi
cian. The great majority of the people
" of -Chicago haven't even a passing
interest in Fred Upnam, -Charley
Deneen, Roy West, Fred Lundin,
Roger Sullivan, Carter Harrison or
any other partisan boss or leader.
The atmosphere YOU live in as
mayor isn't the atmosphere the peo
ple live in. The bunch of job.-hold-ers
you come in contact with every
day are not thinking of the things
the plain people are thinking of.
Most of them are working for a liv
ing and thinking of how to get the
most enjoyment- out of life while
trying to. pay their bills and make
both ends meet.
By the way, did it every occur to
'you that one reason crusading
against the saloon is popular with
some newspapers is because that's a
business that doesn't advertise?
Did you ever notice that the
"tough" saloon is always the one
where poor people congregate and
never the one where leading politi
cians and wealthy citizens hang
Had you heard that they've cut
out walking the dog oh the South
Side, where it originated, and that
the only place they do it now is on
the fashionable, high-toned North
Do you know that the black
women at the much-advertised Pa
nama wear more clothes than the
white sassiety women at a swell ball
at the Blackstone?
Don't you know that human na
ture is human nature, whethefln
silk or gingham? And that there Is
less restriction on it among the-rich
than among the poor?
How many reformers did you ever
know who devoted their energies to
attempts to reform the morals of the
Don't you know that they only get
fuBsy about the morals of the poor?
Don't you remember how some
well-meaning but really ignorant
women got fussy about how the
working girls dressed at some of the
public dances around town?
Did you ever hear of them making
a fuss about how our leading society
matrons and debutantes exposed
much of their physical charms at
Don't you remember how some of
our terribly good he and she reform
ers kicked up such a fuss about
bathing costumes that the police
wouldn't let the girls go in swimming
in the lake unless they wore long
skirts and stockings? ,
What good did it do? Aren't the
girls wearing scant bathing suits
now and swimming in their bare legs
And don't you believe that they are
just as decent and modest and
wholesome this summer as they
were when the reformers were hol
lering their heads off?
You may think I'm getting off the
track, but I'm not. I'm coming
right back to what I began with
your statement made to The Day
Book right after you were elected
mayor. I'm going to print it again.
Here it is:
"WHATEVER THE MAJORITY
OF THE PEOPLE WANT, I AM FOR.
I DON'T CARE WHAT NEWSPA
PERS OR POLITICAL FORCES
ARE AGAINST ME SO LONG AS I
HAVE THE PEOPLE WITH ME."
All in the Vorld I -want you to do is
to go back to that platform. Plant
your big feet squarely on it and
stand there as long as you are