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THE PUBLIC FORUM
SAY, H. E. SHECK! There is a
letter at The Day Book office for you.
A SONG FOR 1917
(Song rights reserved, M. L. Hittle.)
Oh, I wish I'd a soldier for a sweet
heart, A soldier or a sailor so brave,
One who gladly would die for his
If need be his country to save.
I've no use for a man who's a coward,
Who cringes at the bugle's call.
If I can't have soldier for a sweet
heart, I don't want a sweetheart at all.
Not a fop who can think of fash
Not a sport who can play golf with
Not a miser that stays to pile up dol
lars While his country is calling for
Just a man who is brave and cour
ageous, Who rallies at his country's call.
If I can't have a soldier for a sweet
heart, I won't have a sweetheart at all.
Three cheers for our men who are
Three cheers for our new men so
Three cheers for our army and' navy,
Three cheers for our colors that
Oh, long may they wave o'er our
And never in ignomy fall,
If my sweetheart won't fight for his
He can't be my sweetheart at all.
REPLY TO DARROW. At one
time all legal disputes between in
dividuals were decided by armed
combat, the victor being awarded the
verdict. Criminal cases were decided
the same way
As the world became more enlight
ened, force was supplanted in all law
cases by reason. Until about the
time of the Civil war the duel was
the way gentlemen vindicated their
honor. This' habit has also become
absolete as men became more en
Arrned force is still regarded by
some as justifiable where national
honor, rights, etc., are concerned.
But in the United States are many
people who regard armed force as
stupid, expensive and cruel.
Clarence Darrow mentions by way .
of illustration the prizefighter who
.resorts to foul tactics because he
cannot win any other way. There
fore he ought to,, be disqualified
and he compares the prizefighter
Granted, but suppose one of the
spectators steps in and gets a clout
by accident? Or suppose he sells a
horseshoe to one of the fighters to
place in his glove? Wouldn't the
other fellow be. justified in saying
that the next time the spectator
stepped over the line he would swat
The course of the United States is
that of the spectator who sells a
horseshoe to one of the fighters in
the ring, thanks to our munition
makers, etc. And now we are grieved
because this internationally correct
practice is about to be stopped.
Clarence Darrow also refers to the
words of Patrick Henry, that the
Revolutionary war was not the result
of a sudden passion for liberty, but
the logical and inevitable fruit of the
years of agitation and discussion
which preceded the country's break
with England. A
To the superficial student of
American history, the Revolutionary
war was the result of an outbreak of
passionate" lovers of liberty; to the
intelligent student it was the natural
fruit of the many years of education
and agitation, which were carried on
by the pioneers. Most of these pio
neers who gave up their time and