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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
CM SO. FEOKIA ST. CIUOAQO, ILI
ClrcnUCtoa, H otaroe 36H
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a. Month. By Mail, United
States and Oniita. $5.00 a Tear.
Bntered as second-class matter April
21. 1314. at the postottioo St Chlcairo.
HI, rfnder the Act of March I. IS7S.
DOPE FIEND'S WATERLOO, For
some thousands, or hundreds ot
thousands or is it some millions?
of our most unfortunate American
citizens March 1, 1916, was a fateful
day. It marked the taking effect of
a national prohibitory law on drugs
of the habit-forming sort.
A few years ago there lived in a
certain little town a certain doctor
"whose practice was the largest in all
that countryside. People who could
get no relief from others went to him
and had their pains relieved at oqce.
"Dr. Anodyne," they would assert
as they discussed the matter after
ward, "took my pain after all the
other doctors had just simply failed.
He knows his business!"
In that same little town there are
many now who wonder how they are
to live. For Old Doctor Anodyne has
given them the habit Of using the
soothing drugs which finally destroy
the "wills of their victims, and at last
their lives and souls.
Okf Doctor Anodyne has gone to
whatever reward he deserved, but the
victims of his practice still live and
many of them wish they could die.
The new law may kill them, in the
most dreadful agony known of suf
The law taking effect March 1 is
eniitled: "An act to regulate the pro
duction, importation, manufacture,
cqmjyjinding, salg, dfenftnsuigjDrgiv-
ing away of opium or coca leaves,
their salts, derivatives or prefckrev
tions; but it may possibly be entitled
tb the name of "An act imposing the
death penalty on drug fiends." ii
Are drugs a menace to the people
of the United States? -o
People connected with th'e drug
trade declare that the use of habit
forming drugs has increased 10 per
cent in the last year. At this rate of
increase the thing is a menace. Fori
it is as much worse than alcoholism
as alcoholism b worse than the cofr
fee habit. "if
In the future every doctor anu
every druggist dispensing the drag
will be required to do so under'sinikt
rigid federal inspection that nobody
except the most reckless will breed?
the law. If the law is efficiently- en
forced not a single ounce of opiHSB
morphine, cocaine, codein, herditt'ori
any of their sister dopes will be dis
pensed in the United' States except
under such conditions that the &-
snectors can trace the matter dbwtf
Land find out whether the dispensing
has been done legally. - T3
If your banker, pastor or lawyer
goes suddenly insane after the 1st 'tif5
March and blows ou his own or sohje"
body else's brains it may be beea'uW
of this law. No one is too high1 -in
station to be a drug fiend. And afer
for the thousands of poor outcasts3
who drift from one coke joint to an-
other in the cities, without friend
and without money, who knows whet
will become of them? ' 2
Maybe the smugglers know.
SHORT ONES '1
Children, you should not sing "LonS
don bridge is falling down." It fefii
neutral. - n 3
The allies would better beware &&
Germans in the spring campaigniiTti6
Mai wine and Bock season's prefifc3
dangerous. ' "
Two years ago pork was so high" it
sought a divorce from its life park-
ner, beans. Now beans is cohteia7-
pJaUng fihgggacounter bfi.
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