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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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'By H. M. C.
Park Band Concerts. They are
fine things, the band concerts Chi
cago has in her public parks in sum
mer time. Everybody has a good
chance to get something good for
Music has charms to sooth the
ill-feeling of a fellow who has swel
tered all the way through ten or
twelve .hours of a 90-in-the-shade
day. And a good many folks, judging
from the concert attendance, are be
ing soothed. It is just such little
things as open air musical programs
that make the world go around a little
bit smoother for everybody. Even if
you have to walk all the way out to
the park and then bunk in some flop
house afterward, there is something
worth while in a few breezy refrains.
Folks get together and are jolly in
general. Some of those ragtime songs
set your nerves to tingling and after
the concert is all over you feel a
whole lot livelier and happier than
you did before the band struck up the'1
first ballad.
Hence I say, more power to the
band concerts. And we mustn't for
get to give the bunch of gentlemanly
coppers who handle the big crowds in
bully shape their share of praise.
When folks looks forward to some
thing that's coming off it must be
worth while. And there are a lot of
people who' look forward to the band
concert nights.
Editor Day Book: We reflect with
horror the tales of the bloodthirsty
Turk. We, the members of a sup
posedly, civilized community, con
demn the Turk for his alleged at
rocities upon a defenseless people,
yet within our own borders, south of
the Mason-Dixon line, atrocities are
perpetrated which would put to
shame the most uncivilized savage
lynch law, the greatest blot upon tfre J
civilization of the South. Despite the
spread of education and civilization,
human life, at least the life of the
negro, has little or no value.
During the last ten years almost
1,000 people were lynched in this
country, mostly in the South. Justice
in the South is a mockery. Mob law
prevails and predominates.
Incidentally, the South is religious;
intensely so. The South foday is an
industrial hell. The workers, exist in
the most inconceivable poverty. Chil
dren from 6 years up are found in the
mills working ten and twelve hours
a day.
Migratory workers are arrested,
charged with vagrancy and forced to
work out their fines on plantations
and on the roads. In this way is pri
vate capital enriching itself in the
Race prejudice, the curse of the
world, is responsible for lynch law
and the existing industrial condition
of labor in the South. The Florida
legislature recently defeated a bill to
prohibit children under 8 years from
working. And this the South, the
religious South, the prosperous
South, the chivalrous South, the
damnable life-taking, law-defying
South. William Greene.
Editor Day Book: The strike of
the waitresses is changing into new
forms. As from an observer's point
of view I will say that much injustice
is done to them by owners of those
restaurants. One thing which at
tracts my attention is the attitude
and tactics of the Chicago police.
The readers who are- acquainted
with the former strike at Henrici's
know the brutality of our police, not
only to waitresses, but to a man, who,
when passing, stopped to see what
was the matter. The policeman told
him to move on and when he refused
they arrested him and booked him
for disorderly conduct
Now we have the same thing and
our zealous police are not kept busy

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