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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 04, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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rr i i Editorial. Monroe 353
Jeiepnones Circulation. Monroe 382S
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
30 cents a Month. By Mall. United
States and Canada. $3.00 a Year.
Entered as. second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postoffiee at Chicago,
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
YOU. The ordinary view of warfare
is that it means the other fellow.
Th average man believes that if
there is a war it will be fought by
some one else; that the money for it
will be provided from some obscure
source that will not directly affect
him, and that, if he desires, he may
remain an interested spectator of an
event that will be fought by others
and paid for by others.
There is another class; It Is com
posed of those who shout loudest for
war and have not the slightest in
tention of doing any of the fighting
either physically or financially.
Neither of these classes should per
mit themselves to be fooled. War
means them as well as those who
rush to enlist
None can escape.
Conscription or a "draft" as it
was called in the civil war can be
made to take care of one class; na
tional expenses will take care of the
others excepting only those whose
business is made more profitable by
Discussion of war is merely dust
throwing unless at least part of the
cost is counted before the event
Knowledge of the cost will not pre
vent a nation going to war, but at
least it means something in efficiency
if a nation enter war with its eyes
The United States has been com
mitted to a definite, firm policy by
its president The time has passed
for discussion as to the wisdom of
his course. The president has spoken
for the American people. The United
States is at peace with Germany and
will remain so, unless Germany wills
otherwise. Yet, the American people,
while hoping to avoid war with Ger
many, will do well to remember, if
the break comes, that no person will
be exempt and sacrifice will be de
manded from all.
With this in mind, the support of
the president will be based upon the
calm thought of a nation committed
to a definite policy and not upon ig
norance of what war means.
Looking over the bloody Standard!
Oil battlefield at Bayonne, N. J., you
can see why peaceful Mr. Rockefeller i
said "This is so restful," upon arriv
ing at Cleveland, wheer the wicked
Standard laborer never strikes andi
the tax-gatherers cease from troubling.
That woman who wants $100,000
because she charges Frank Rocke
feller beat her is all right; but if Char
lie Chaplin paid at that rate each time
he smashed a lady on the jaw it would
take half what the press agent says
his salary is.
We feel bitterly toward those per
sons whose recklessness or greed
brought about the Eastland disaster,
but we hold them eminently superior
to dealers who doubled the price of
coffins immediately after the horror.
The meanest fellow we know is
that Oklahoma editor who, in com
menting upon Kansas' "Better Ba
bies" movement, suggested that Kan
sas send across the line for parents.,
Among the other interesting things
we have learned from this war is that
the Cameroons of our old literature,
and geography are spelled JameEU
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