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THE DAY BOOK!
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
606 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO. TLL.
TppnhnnPI Editorial, Manroe 353
iUlfspnontSS circulation. Moum ZSStt
Subscription By Carrier in.
Cfiicago, 50 cents a month. By
Mail, United States and Can
ada. 50 cents a Month.
Entered as aecondclass matter April
.21. 1914, at the postoffice at Chicago
111, under the Act of March S. 1879
CITY PRPBLEMS MUST BE
SOLVED BY CITY PEOPLE When
city people stop long- enough to think
about the social and economic prob
lems that confront them, and when
they consider the great mass of
needy people living in tenements,
their first impulse is to say, "let's
send them to the country."
This would be an easy way out
were it not for the fact that the
country has troubles enough of its
own and that you cannot get city
people no matter how poor they
may be to go to the farm. T3ie hu
man, element in his problim is ac
tually the most important
And this situation is becoming
more complex. In ten years the pop
ulation of our country increased 21
per cent. During the same period
i the population in cities of 25,000 and
over increased 55 per cent. Whereas
the population of the country dis
tricts increased only about 11 per
One-tenth of the population of this
country lives in the three cities of
New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.
More than one-half the people in New
York state live in New York city.
The increase of population in our
cities is reallv a world movement.
The -cities of Canada are growing
T more rapidly than those in the United
States and Canada is an agricul
tural country. '
In the Massachusetts Agricultural
college there are 600 students whd
will become scientific farmers, f
Three-fourths of these students
never worked on a farm before they
came to the college, but these are the
chaps who will go back to the coun-
try and make good.
For what the country needs is not
more farmers but better farmers.
Its interesting to note that in ten
years according to the United
States census figures the increase
in the acreage used to raise cereals
was 3.5 per cent, whereas the in
crease in the amount of cereals ac
tually produced during the same pe
riod was only 1.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, as already indicated,
"the population of our country in
creased 21 per cent; that is, the pop
ulation increased 12 times as fast as
the increase in the amounts of ce
And-thls is what we are up against:
How dan an untrained, thin-blooded,
city-bred man make good when the
average country-bred boy has failed
on his own job?
If we were to persuade a thousand
of these city-bred chaps to move to
the country they would meet on the
road a thousand country-bred boys
coming to the city to take their
All this means that if the city
problems are to be solved they will
be solved only when city people
themselves get on the job, for no one
but city people can solve city prob
lems. o o '
For humorous reading we refer
you to last election time's predictions
of "soup houses" in event of Wilson's
"If Lloyd-George can't win for
England, no man can," says T. P.
O'Connor. But wasn't that what they
said of Kitchener