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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 30, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 SO. PBORIA ST. CHICAGO. ILI
, , Editorial, Monroe 353
leleptlOneS circulation. Monroe 3SSS
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 oenU & Month. By ilall. United
States and Canada. JJ 00 a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21 1814. at the postofflce at Chicago,
lit, under the Act of March S. 1879.
BACK UP, REDFIELD. Secretary
Redfield may not understand the em
phatic protest against his appoint
ments on that federal investigation
commission. He did the conventional
thing, however. He appointed two
eminently respectable BUSINESS
men on the commission, besides the
two government representatives, and
announced that the fifth .member
would be a technical man from the
Western Electric Co. , ,
That was enough to cause a pro
test. It meant a commission com
posed of two representatives of the
government department under
charges and three representatives of
MONEY and PROFIT the impolite
name for the last being plain old
human GREED.
And the indictment in the PUBLIC
MIND is against the two interests
represented FEDERAL INSPEC
TION and BUSINESS.
' Th.ere wasn't a single representa
tive of everyday humanity in the en
tire list as first indicated by Redfield.
It simply meant Government and Big
Business investigating themselves.
No Wonder the people kicked. We
don't mean the Illinois Manufactur
ers' Association. Doubtless that
precious organization of cold-blooded
greed was entirely satisfied with Red
fie'ld's cute little commission. But
the Illinois' Manufacturers' Associa
tion isn't the people of Chicago not
by a long shot, Nor are the banks
of Chicago the people of Chicago,
In substituting Lt-Gov. O'Hara for
"some technical man from the West
ern Electric Co." Sec'y Redfield got
one human being on the commission,
but the limitation put on the investi
gation places O'Hara where he can't
accomplish anything no matter how
hard he tries.
And if Lt-Gov. O'Hara finds this
is a phoney commission, loaded to
the guards with whitewash, here's
gambling he kicks over the bucket of
whitewash and jumps the commish.
Baron Munchausen once took a,
short run and started to leap over a
stream. When about half way over
he saw he wasn't going to make it.
The story runs that the Baron
realized his mistake, so he concluded
not to finish that jump, but went
back and took a longer run and
jumped again. If this investigation
is entirely for Sec'y Redfleld's own
information, he can go ahead with
it. But if he expects the public to
take any stock in it he'd better back
up and take another jump.
This is no time to kid the whole
country with a commission like that.
SHORTONES
The news that Japan is to build 26
warships may, even at this time-,
cause some Englishmen to do con
siderable thinking, even if it fails to
attract attention of some Americans.
A New York woman wants $85,006
from a Chicago man for breach, of
promise and we are mildly curious to
know what he promised her that
was worth that much.
The Gideons claim there are only
12 good reasons for swearing, but do
they include putting up a stove pipe?
Maine reports seeing German sub
marines; which is a pleasing variant
of the annual sea serpent story.
A number of villas have been de
stroyed in Europe, but that one ia
Mexico seems to keep right on going.
An optimist is a fellow who always
thinks poison ivy degsfaat affecy&ru

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