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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago. 30 cents a Month. By Mall.
United States and Canada. $3.00 a
Entered as second-class jnatter April
21. 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago,
111., under the Act of March 3, 1379.
WILSON AND THE RAILROADS.
Here's a quotation from a Chi
cago News editorial:
"In their extraordinary and un
reasonable attitude the railroad'
brotherhoods have the ardent sup
port of the president of the United
States. The situation constitutes a
challenge to the manhood of all
Americans. Yet surrender of the
arbitration principle in the face of
threats of force is urged upon the
railroad managers by President Wil
son. Is it cowardice or politics? The
answer is, apparently, that President
Wilson, armed with the enormous
power of the government, has the
courage of his gigantic egotism and
purposes to do exactly as he pleases
to suit his own special views."
Where was that sacred principle of
arbitration when the Chicago pub
lishers locked out their union press
men? t "
Did Vic Lawson holler for arbitra
tion then? Or did he join in with the
other publishers and hire gunmen
and sluggers to shoot and beat the
pressmen into submission?
Everybody in Chicago knows the
answer. The publishers- did what the
railroads did in the A. R. u: strike.
They resorted to force. The Tail
roads spurned arbitration when they
could win with force. They turned
to arbitration only when they were
licked. AU their pretended love for
arbitration now is hypocrisy.
As for-President Wilson, he is try
ing to save the innocent public from
the dire consequences of a life-and-death
struggle between the railroads
and the brotherhoods. He came upon
the scene only when the railroads
had come to an open break with
their employes and did the only
thing possible to prevent a strike.
The strike had been ordered by a
referendum vote. There was no
power to stop the strike unless the
president used whatever power he
His conduct has been neither cow
ardice nor politics. It has been ac
tuated by courage of the highest or
der. He stepped into the breach as
the representative of the millions of
men, women and children who would
suffer if the railroads stopped run-
J-ning. He put tnis government? in
the position it should be in that of
being something bigger than the
combined railroad interests of the
In the eyes pf Wall, street andthe
newspaper organs of property
rights, all Wilson had to do to be a
hero and patriot was to let the men
strike and then turn the army over
to -the railroads to shoot their em
ployes into submission.
But he wasn't a Grover Cleveland
and he didn't turn the power of this
government' including the array
over to Wall" street. He took charge
of the situation himself, kept the
power of the government in his owa
hands and used it for the public
Yes, the situation does constitute
"a challenge to the manhood of all
Americans." And red-blooded Amer
icans who place human rights above
property rights will rally to the sup
port of a president who has the cour
age of his democratic convictions
the man who has moved the seat of
government from Wall street back
MR. ZIPF OF ST. LOUIS. In a
Tribune- special from New Yorfc