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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
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Entered as seeond-claai matter April
21. 1914, at the poatofrice at Chicago..
III., under the Act of March 3. 1Si"3
President Wilson called this: "A
war for democracy."
The senate of the United States is
trying to add: "America excepted."
What other meaning Is there in the
bald attempt now under way to lift
the war's financial burden from the
rich, who are best able to pay, and
place it on the poor and their pos
terity, for generations and centuries
Poor men must pay, as well as
fight, if the senate has its way.
The senate is now seeking to
maim the house taxation bill so that
one-quarter, instead of one-half, of
the war's cost will be raised by taxa
tion; and so that the profits and in
comes of the rich will continue-to
pay for their luxuries while the pen
nies of the poor will fall still shorter
of buying the necessities of life!
Taxes on large incomes must be
reduced 25 per cent, says the sen
ate; and excess profits taxes, small
enough in the house bill as compar
ed to Great Britain's levies, will be
made still smaller, so that "Business
as usual" may swell and swell.
All automobiles, oven second-hand
flivvers, will be taxed more by the
senate bill; but decreases in the in
come and profit taxes will offset this
bo-that only ONE BILLION, instead .
of nearly TWO BILLION, will . be
raised by taxation.
Bonds must be issued for the rest
Thus the senate of the United
States is crippling democracy just as
democracy girds its loins for the fin
ish fight with autocracy throughout
Poor men did not protest when
the income-tax exemption was Iotjt- '
ered to $2,000 for married men with
children. But wealth raises an un
holy howl at the prospect of giving
up part of its excess and the sen- -ate
heeds this howl.
We tax the poor man's necessities,
and now we seem afraid to tax the
rich man's luxuries.
There seems to be a maggot in de
HIDING BEHIND BABY CRIBS
Out in the "Show Me" country they
have dug up a trick to dodge selec
tive service that seems to be about
the last word in un-Americanism.
In Kansas City some young men,
married but without children, have
proceeded to adopt babies to secure
"dependents" in order to be able to
This shows possession of high
ima'ginative power which ought to be
put to better use. However, the thing
that makes the matter really worth
discussing is that out of some mil
lions of men only four have been
found who have resorted to such ex
treme methods to avoid the honor of
serving Uncle Sam and the cause at
There is mighty little "yellow" la ;
In a certain club the other day one
member approached another and
"Jenkins threatens to kick me the
next time he sees me here at the club.
If. he should come in now, what
would you advise me to do?"
"Sit down," said the friend-
Puck. " - .