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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 21, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THE TELEPHONE DEAL Mon
day, May 17, the city council passed
a resolution instructing the corpora
tion counsel to beglnTorfelture pro
ceedings against the automatic com
pany's franchise.
This case will be carried up to the
state supreme court
Clarence Darrow, on being asked
by the "United States industrial com
mission what would stop the people
from taking the coal mines and run
ning the, if they so wished, answered:
"Congress, president or the supreme
court."
On June 7 it is up to those who
want the automatic telephone to be
owned and operated by the city to
decide whether the people's interest
will be best conserved by electing Or
rin N. Carter, of street railway arbi
tration notoriety, or Frank L. Wood,
who has been fighting for municipal
ownership for years, to be the next
judge of the supreme court from this
district. A. L. Liesemer.
redlight district was broken. Prosti
tutes are everywhere and it is no joke
that they are in the shadow of the
churches, courts and schools. A. nice
condition is presented in the city to
residents, voters and respectable peo
ple through lending a listening ear to
would-be reformers, hypocrites and
preachers only so in name.
Would the really good people de
sire a riddance of such conditions, at
least to a large degree. Let them
come out in a body, declaring their
indignation and demand a restoration
of the redlight district, immune from
police tyranny so long as order is
maintained. Now let the wise acres
and clown reformers attack this ar
ticle, but in doing so let them not for
get that truth is as impregnable to
attack as a wrought iron dial from"
the tread of an ant. Albert M.
Thompson.
LIGHT THE RED LIGHTS. Who
are they so foolish as to declare we
don't need a recognized segregated
district? The raiding of flats proves
such conclusively. If married men
insist on visiting these flats, who can
blame the single who show con
tempt for hypocritical reformers and
exclaim "To hell with such a law"?
Let it be remembered that work is
so scarce and wages so low that few
can afford to marry. Men have al
ways sought the prostitute and will
continue to seek her. This useless
Oppression had its origin during the
Harrison administration. The voters
showed their utter contempt for his
policy by placing him on the shelf.
We appreciate the fool as a come
dian who burlesques life, we tire of
him when he takes hold of civic reins,
increasing the fees of judges and the
Wood money.
Conditions are as all knew they
-ould be when the backbone of the 1
IN FRANK'S INTEREST. The
people of Chicago deserve much
credit for showing such -interest in
the efforts which are being made to
save the life of Leo Prank, sentenced
to death in the state of Georgia.
The appeal to the governor of
Georgia to commute the sentence
from death to life imprisonment
should arouse the sympathy and co
operation in the breast of every
American citizen. All should join in
this task.
According to the old testament, the
law for saving executing a murderer
required two witnesses to prove the
crime of the criminaL
In this case there was only one wit
ness. He was later found to be a
criminal and is now in jail, serving a
sentence. Again, the law "a head for
head" was issued 2,000 years ago.
We certainly must have learned
something in those 2,000 years.
Think! Did capital punishment rem
edy crime?
The press and authorities are con
vinced of his innocence. Why hasten
his execution. His innocence is sure
to come out eventuallj

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