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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
A Great People Are we a great
people? You bet we are. Right here
in Chicago we are the greatest peo
ple on earth. Nobody has to prove it
We don't demand proof. We frankly
We build magnificent flat buildings
and apartment houses all over town.
We build many of them in the clean
est sectiqns of the city, near boule
vards and parks where the children
can play on the grass. BUT we bar
children from the flats. We discour
age young married couples who
would like to raise families and put
a premium on race suicide.
In the poorer sections we rent out
old buildings as tenements and let
the people breed like rabbits if they
want to. There is no grass for the
babies there. The children can play
on paved streets and in dirty alleys.
We don't clean the sections of. the
city where our race breeding is done,
it isn't necessary the people who
live there are poor
But we clean the loop streets. You.
bet That's our front yard. We like
to have it look pice to strangers who
come to town to blow their money in
the big stores.
Isn't it funny how particular we
are about having clean and sanitary
and healthy barns for horses, cows
and pigs and how little attention we
pay to the conservation of human life
and the breeding place of children?
Isn't it funny that we should pay so
much attention to the conservation of
all natural resources except human
Why is it that we permit houses to
be built in Chicago for renting pur
poses, from which children are
barred, and every inducement of
fered to young married people to pre
O, yes, we are strong on the City
Beautiful. We love art andvall that
sort of thing. We place monuments
in our parks. We build boulevards
for automobiles. We grow beautiful
shrubbery and flowers in the front
yard, and breed our young in the back
yard and alley.
Christianity and civilization? Quit
your kidding. We're too grossly ig
norant to be either Christian or ciy
ilized. We worship the Golden Calif.
We think that giant skyscrapers of
steel and stone make a city great
We don't realize that nothing can
make any city great but the people
who live in it, and that our most im
portant product is PEOPLE.
Charitable Chicago Have YOU
noticed how generously the people of
Chicago respond to newspaper calls
for contributions to help the war
stricken people of Europe? How we
give barrels of flour for starving
Belgians, send Christmas gifts to the
children of the war zone and donate
money to bring European orphans to
Fine business. But we have over
looked one important precaution.
We haven't done to the poor of Eu
rope what we insist on doing to the
poor of Chicago.
Maybe it was an oversight. But it
appears to be a fact just the same
that we forget to have the profes
sional beggars and investigators of
the Untted Charities go over there
and investigate them first, at so much
If a man is hungry here we don't
exactly have a doctor run a stomach
pump down his throat to see if his
belly is actually empty, but we
come darned close to it
But we are going to be more lib
eral with our guests the strangers
in a strange land. We're not going
to examine their teeth to see how old
they are, or analyze the contents of
their insides to get the scientific di
mensions of their hunger. We won't
even cross-examine the parents of
the orphans to satisfy ourselves be
yond doubt that they are really and
How comfortable it is to be so far-
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