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1 ' N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
BOO 8. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO. IL.U
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Entered as second-class matter April
2i: 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago. .
lit, under thj Act of March 3. 1879.
T. R. SPOILING FOR A FIGHT:
"What we demand is a direct re
versal of Pres. Wilson's policies,"
says Roosevelt, in an advertisement
signed by him in the November mag
azines. Let's see just what that would
It would mean a repeal of the fed
eral reserve bank law, of the farm
loan law, of the child labor law, of
the Adamson 8-hour law, of the fed
eral trade relations law and of every
other progressive law passed by con
gress under Pres. Wilson's leadership
during the past four years.
It would mean Bending an army of
500,000 American boys into Mexico
to hazard their lives to save the "in
vestments" of Wall street. Many of
these boys would never come back.
It would mean abandoning the pol
icy of neutrality in respect to the-Eu-ropean
war and substituting for it a
policy which would land us in the
pit of blood.
It would mean loading the supreme
court with corporation lawyers in
stead of people's lawyers.
It would mean taking the govern
ment of the U. S. out of the hands
of the peopland putting it back into j
the hands of Penrose, Smoot, Lodge,
Crane and the other reactionaries.
And why is it demanded that we
- The colonel is. just .spoiling fora
fight It doesn't seem to make much
difference to him whether we fight
Mexico or Germany or the allies.
If we would get into a fight with all
of them at the same time his cup of
happiness would be full to overflow
ing. The only trouble is several million
other Americans, more or less, would
have to go to war with the colonel,
and not many of them are as crazy
about it as the colonel is, unless there
is some better reason for going to
war than -has yet been shown.
BACKFIRE OF A PACIFIST.
Home from the front! Chicago has
been welcoming back the boys; the
crack First regiment of cavalry and
the notable "millionaires' battery"
have come home shivering, and to
one who slept out under the stars in
midwinter, hunted his clothes as he
scrambled up out of snowdrifts,
chopped his boots out of the frozen
mud, with thousands of other cheer
ful, singing boys at the front, this
complaint of these favorites seems a
little amusing, to say the least In
mild Qctoberwhen thethermometer
was scarcely down to freezing point,
forty of these millionaire boys walk
ed out of the camp and went home
"because it was cold," and the man
agement, thinking discretion was the
better part of valor, allowed the rest
of them to seek their steamheated
apartmerfts. The truth is, this state
militia duty has been more of a so
cial function than a patriotic service
to countless numbers of those who
suddenly found themselves called to
the front And they were unprepar
ed in mind, however well developed
in body, for the hardships of the body
and the indignities to miiyl which
military service inevitably implies.
Should the dire emergency ver
arise, the United States will not be
wanting in boys who, ill the spirit of
'61-65, will be equal to the test; but
until such an emergency arises, the
play-soldiers will run home without
leave, if opportunity occurs, and cry