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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 23, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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to God's- creatures and from them
learned a new poetry, a new mean
ing to all life, a new message for
man. Venerable in years, his heart is
still verdant with spring.
Ford raised the curtain which held
the secret of industrial injustice and
a world of workers is getting a
glimpse of what vistas of content
may yet be theirs when those who
toil share equitably in the products of
their labor. He threw the bulk of
millions back of an ideal and
penury, stinted lives and hopelessness
were replaced with contentment,
plenty and new courage.
These men need no dollar mark to
measure their success. They count
it in a different coinage.
They stand upon' no eminence of
money to look down upon the wrecks
of trampled brothers.
Out in Cod's sunlight, even as they
play, their eyes look level into those
oi their fellows and their big re
ward is knowing that the world is a
better place for all because they
lived and served.
I think the world is tired of her
fervid, strained, highly-coolred, hectic
fiction the story of adventure and
mystery. We no longer sit up of
nights reading with bated breath the
tale which leaves the heroine hanging
' over the cliff by her fair hair entan
gled in the bough Of an ancient cedar,
or turn to the last page in a fever
of excitement to find' out whether the
hero's villainous twin brother, who
Ipoks just like him,- married the girl
or got his inheritance.
But this feeling of apathy on the
part of the reading public is not based
on any justifiable objection on the
ground that these hair-raising tales
are impossible. They are quite pos
sible. A news story in today's Day
Book shows this.
It is the story of the Georgia banker,-
A. D. Oliver of Climax fitting
name, that! who has actually served
a term of years in prison for the
crime of his twin brother, who is his
double in appearance. The brother
married one woman, and A. D. Oliver
another. Oliver's wife found out that
a man whom she thought was her
husband was living with another wo
man. Oliver was arrested on the com
plaint of some one, and' subsequently
tried, convicted, sent to prison, served
his term,, and when liberated was ex
tradicted to Mississippi to be tried for
the alleged crime of his twin, who is '
living in Honduras, where there are
no extradition laws.
In the meantime Mrs. Oliver, freed
from her convict husband', had re
married. Oliver convinced the Missis
sippi court of the truth of the above
story, and no doubt it is true; but, if
he imposed on the court, his imposi
tion is as wild a story as the one he
told the court.
Here is a tragedy for a Shake
speare or an Aeschylus; and it is not
yet finished. What of the future of
these lives? Here is mystery for the
scandal-monger, adventure for the
adventurous, suffering for the pathos
specialist and it's all in the paper.
o o
In the past ten years, '46,089 men
have deserted from the U. S. army.
In 1913, the proportion of men who
deserted compared to the number
who enlisted was over 17 per cent.
Our costly battleships become "ef
fete" in almost no time and "our
standing army," once in ten years,
prefers to bear a criminal record for
life rather than serve longer.
According to some alleged states-.
men, we ought to go to slaughtering
Mexico in order to get some return
for our naval investment and to whet
ap our patnotisis.

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