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get into a scrap 111 try to do my bit,
and if the wooden-faced Jape make
any more "protests" I believe in tell
ing 'em to go to hell if they don't
like our style. Edgar Lessrhan, Re
cruiting Officer Bos' Brigade, 73 W.
Randolph St, 4th Floor.
DOESN'T WANT WAR Why all
this shouting about war? Any one
reading a paper these days would
think that everybody was in favor of
war. Well, I wish to go on record as
. saying that I am not, and also ven
ture to say that there are millions in
this broad and glorious country who
think likewise. a
It is a crime against humanity for
those yellow journals to create a war
feeling when there is small cause for
it. J. H.
WHY SHOULD I ENLIST? If we
believe what the loop press is print
ing there is a grave danger of the
American-born Germans starting a
1 revolution if the kaiser declares war
on us: Of course, we all know that
is all bunk.
Jim Keeley has been bawling out
Horace Brand for his recent utter
ances, yet if it were Hengland we
were going to war with Jymes would
be as rabid as any one in denounc
ing our president and country.
If we have a certain element in this
country who are enjoying the full
franchise as American citizens, and
who are more loyal to some worm
eaten foreign monarch than they are
to the flag of the United States,
where is an American who is willing
to fight and suffer for her going to
get off at?
If I enlist, who will take care of the
ones depending on me while I am
gone? Will I have a job open to me when
I come back?
We couldn't take care of the few
dependents of the boys who went
down last year to the border, and the
only jobs open for them were some
places they couldn't get any one to
take, like working on screw ma
chines at the Western Electric or in
the packing room at Seafs-Roebuck.
When I come back will I be given
preference in civil service? Like hell,
I will. Some foreigner who belongs
to some Foreign-American political
club will get all the ' government,
state and municipal plums and all I
get is the laugh.
I must be a common soldier, while
j some big punk, just fresh from col
lege, will be commanding regiments.
Say, what is the matter with our col
lege men? Are they all cold-footed?
None of them are enlisting and our
B. B. is trying to coax them into
service by offering them commis
sions. His Maje-esty, Bertie McCormick,
spent 49 days down on the border,
and most of that time entertaining
visitors, yet he is called on to tell our
senators how to run an army. Of
course, Bertie was over in Yurrup
and was entertained by the Cold
Cream - Gawds in Hengland, the
SquareHead Hussars, in Deutchland,
and the Buttinsky Battery in Russ
land, and saw as much of the fight
ing as we saw in the movies here, but
he had pull enough to have a lot of
senators listen to his yapping. It
"wasn't war, but I bet his listeners
thought it was hell, anyway.
Now, Bertie is going to personally
conduct this, war, at least, so he says
in his paper. Between you and me,
Cochran,! think the best man on the
Trib is Jimmy Durktn, the office boy.
Here again we have Kernel Ed.
White with his Gringo Scouts. Who
in hell and what are they?
White was a lieutenant in the Sev
enth Illinois in '98, so he goes ahead
and gloms himself a colonel's title.
He has a regiment organized as
much as I have. Go ask the boys in
the Waldron Murphy camp about
So with all these nuts coming to
the front in the papers I ask you
why should I enlist?
Taft wants conscription. For