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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 06, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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that capitalists are not wearing gold
medals. I have read many articles in
The Day Book of people writing on
graft and fake, but how many of
these people really believe in a move
ment that will abolish graft, fake and
profit There are many sympathiz
ers, but they are not real believers.
Frank J. Burke. 2913 N. Kedzie av.
PHILOSOPHER I have been read
ing the different views on the great
est fake in Chicago with much inter
est and amusement, and to my mind
no one has yet pointed out with any
precision or exactness just what is
the greatest fooler in Chicago.
I shall quote an extract from one
of the letters printed in The Public
Forum of last Thursday's issue of the
Day Book. It reads as follows: "The
greatest fake in Chicago is the peo
ple themselves. Why? Because
it is their fakish ideas and ideals that
make such little fakes as Billy Sun
day, the charities, morals squad, ex
cellent street car service, two phones
and two or three hundred little fakes J
not only possible but absolutely nec
essary." This extract is very cleverly writ
ten and apparently it looks pretty
good in the eyes of the layman and
the unstudious; and just such wild
and unthoughtful conclusions have
a tendency to convince and impress
the mediocre mind and make them
feel that the author of such a writing
is perfectly right in his logic
But a second reflection of the ex
tract and applying the acid test to it,
this argument crumbles like a house
of cards and the absurdities and in
consistencies become visible to an
infant mind.
The author of the letter classifies
Billy Sunday, charities, morals squad,
etc., as a fake and therefore a det
riment instead of a benefit to the city
of Chicago. I shall not dispute the
merits of these movements, and I
shall even grant him that what he
Bays about them is absolutely true,
yet I will argue that these fakes are
just as essential and important for
the uplift and intellectual betterment
of a municipality or nation or of so
ciety as some of the world's great-i
est minds, like Shakespeare, Herbert'
Spencer or Thomas E. Edison and1
thousands of others.
My point is this. The world needs
these foolish, fakish and idiotic per-1
sonages and organizations like Billy'
Sunday, United Charities, moral
squad, etc., just as much as the in
ventor, the philosopher and the sciJ
entist because the former demon
strate practically to the latter by ac
tual experience the absurdity of theirf
teachings and doctrines and that?
their path is the wrong way to the?
To make myself more clear I willl
give an example by demonstrating!
the evolution of the automobile, the'
wonder of the twentieth century.'
When the first specie, of the automo-o
bile was invented it was merely a
piece of junk and too awkward to
make an impression. This showed
the other inventors that it was rW
diculous and they, instead of dupli-i
eating-it, improved upon it and by)
such a process, step by step com-i
pleted a wonderful achievement, r
In short, my point is merely thisp
that we need the foolish to show the!
Billy Sunday, the morals squad, I
United Charities and so forth are al
blessing to Chicago instead of a det-o
riment to the culture and educations
of its citizens. Nicholas A. Pope, 611
Lytle St. t
is a sign on a moving picture on N.'i
Clark st offering $10,000 to any oneo
who could suggest anything how to-1
end the war in Europe. a
This is the only way: The expro-Jt
priation of private property would not11
only put an end to this terrible strug-'I
gle but would also secure an eternal
I do not pretend to get the $10,000''
because this is not new and mzayf

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