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' r . , , . r- -" v- T , Again, the Sullivan Democrats are the people, the H.-H. Democrats are the people, the Progressives are the people, the Republicans are the peo ple, whether Lorimer Republicans, Deneen Republicans or any old kind of Republicans. Take it all in all an alderman can only properly represent all of the peo ple by being wet, dry, Sullivan, Hearst-Harrison, Deneen, Lorimer, West, Farwell, Rosenthal, JVL-V.-L., liberal, conservative, Progressive, Catholic, Protestant, etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder so many politi cians are all things to all men? "I Am a Democrat." I attended one party rally during the recent lo cal campaign. I saw intelligent men get up one at a time and proudly ex claim: "I am a Democrat." I heard intelligent women make the same statement, and with the same pride. And I wondered what any one of them would have answered if some body had asked: "What is a Demo crat''? In an alderman, what is the dif ference between being a Democrat and being a Republican? Neither party had any platform that I saw during all the hot-air cam paign. The difference between a Democratic candidate and a Republi can candidate was merely the differ ence between what they stood for as men. It is convenient, however, to be one thing or the other because so many voters are tagged and labeled and vote the party ticket straight no mat ter who happens to be the candidate. So the responsibility is on the voters after all. They get the kind of municipal politics they will stand for. The "Bath House." During the late campaign I saw much comment in the newspapers about "Bath House" John Coughlin, alderman from the First Ward. I met him once durin gthe campaign and felt for the human touch. I thought there must be something human about the man, even if all that was said about him were true. I asked where he got the nickname. Here is the short story: "Before the Chicago fire my father was a well-to-do grocer on the West Side out on Polk street. After the fire everythipg was gone and the fam ily stood with no roof over our heads but the sky. I was about 8 years old. I was the oldest and though I now would have to work and help the family. I saw an advertisement of a boy wanted at a Turkish bath house. I applied for the job, and was select ed out of 150 boys. I worked there and learned the business. Later I went into that business myself the only one I had a chance to learn. "After their long hours of work some of the newspaper men came to my place for a Turkish bath. They came to know me and they called me 'Bath House John.' " Perhaps YOU hadn't heard this simple little story before. Possibly, after what you had read in the news papers, it had never occurred to you that John Coughlin wasn't actually a bath house, but a human being a man who was once a boy. How many of the big business men of today went ta work at 8 years of age to help support the family? That's all I know of Coughlin. I don't bother much about what I read in the newspapers about people. But even if all that is said is true, this story helps his batting average with me. By the way, did YOU ever figure up YOUR batting average as a man and brother? BELIEVE BOAT WRECKED St. Johns, N. F April 8, Steam ship Bonaventure reported passing wreckage thirty-five miles southeast of Cape Spear, increasing the fear that the sealer Southern Cross, with a crew of 170 men, was wrecked dur ing last week's blizzard. l.iitaW.--uJi.: WHHMH m