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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Representative Governmen t.
Newspaper government is not repre
sentative government. That is one
reason why the people of Chicago
have no such thing as representative
I have watched the local campaign
with interest because of the antics of
the newspapers. They are not satis
fled to give the people accurate in
formation on the various candidates.
They insist an telling their readers
how they ought to vote.
And if the people vote as the news
papers tell them how to vote, then the
newspapers that win out want to tell
the public servants what to do once
they are elected.
Newspapers are no differentin that
regard than party bosses. When pub
lic servants are nomiriated by parties
at the dictation of bosses, those serv
ants feel no sense of obligation to the
public; they feel that they owe their
Jobs to the boss. Hence they obey the
When newspapers denounce politi-
jCa bosses and'then become bosses
themselves, there is no difference in
principle; and government is no more
representative than it was before.
This would not be true if news
papers faithfully represented their
readers, but they don't represent their
readers. Too often they represent
their advertisers. And quite generally
they represent property rights instead
of human rights.
Hence it is not surprising that we
have government in the interest of
property tights and in defiance ofhu
manjrights. The Day Book might -wield some
influence if I would tell readers how
I think they ought to vote. But I
don't want to tell people how I think
they ought to vote. We can't have
real democracy until the people do
their own thinking and then; own. vot
ing. I want the people to get the kind
of government ttfey want. It may not
be the kind of government I want,
but that should not govern their ac
tion. I am but one individual. Like
everybody else I am humanf and am
just aa apt to err as others.
The opinion of any newspaper is
after all one man's opinion.
Wilson on Judges. The resigna
tion of Judge Day of Cleveland, 0
from the federal bench gives Presi
dent Wilson an opportunity to show
the kind of men he will place on that
Here is a story told me by President
Wilson himself when he was governor
of New Jersey, which may give aline
on his Idea of what kind of men
should occupy judicial position.
In 1911 1 went to Trenton, N. J., to
get a line of the then governor of
that state, and size him up as presi
dential timber. I had a long session
with him, and asked all the questions
I could think of to draw him out.
He told me this story:
After he became governor he open
ly fought the candidacy of Boss
Smith, who ruled the Democratic
party in New Jersey, when Smith
tried to become U. S. senator. Gov.
Wilson took the stump against Smith,
speaking against his candidacy all
over the state.
During that campaign a prominent
lawyer met the governor and cordial
ly approved his campaign for Martine
and against Smith.
Later on Gov. Wilson was to speak
in one of the cities of New Jersey
I don't remember which one and
was talking over the proposed meet
ing with the local committee. They
were discussing who should sit on
the platform at the meeting, and Gov.
Wilson remembered his conversation
with the prominent lawyer.
Recalling the fact that the law
yer had approved the governor's cam-v
paign against Smith," Gov. Wilson
suggested him as one of the men to
sit on the platform.
The committee approached the