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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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ernors remind me of the brave
knights of old. I have traveled
through the south and never met bet
ter people people I could trust, peo
ple that keep their word, keep their
mouth shut and never squack. 1
agree with the party who signs him
self "Southerner." Wm. James.
of police is retiring the class of offi
cers that bulldoze with their offi
ciousness until the sight of one of
them is obnoxious to intelligent and
law-abiding citizens, then all praise
to him.
We have witnessed drunkenness,
grafting, ignorance, arrogance and
brutalism in officers of the law until
we have come to believe that the
above description is not an excep
tional one, but the rule.
But what can we expect from men
who show in action and physical ab
normalities how much they lack in
gray matter, for we know from past
observation that men whose increas
ing girth and lack of pep has so in
capacitated them for manual labor
turn to the "force" as naturally as a
duck does to water.
The writer could enumerate spe
cific instances that show such bla
tant ignorance on the "force's" part
that he might be called a crank if he
did. I only would like to tell how
Officer No. 3084 spoiled Sunday for
about twenty Ravenswood citizens,
for to see what I did rankles. In the
elevated train northward, bound Sun
day morning sat a nice young man
with as accordion on his knee. The
tear was crowded with tired night
workers. Their faces showed it
plainly until the boy commenced to
play, and he was some artist You
could see the passengers lean back
in ease and their faces alight with
pleasure as the soft strains of music
was wafted through the car. Every
one thoroughly enjoyed the situa
tion until Officer No. 3084 entered
the car with a scowling look, stopped
in front of the musician and bellow-J
ed: "Cut that out or 111 pinch ye for
disturbin de peace." One might stop
right here and let the readers form
their own conclusions just as the car
full of passengers did. Some sug
gested that the young man continue
playing, but he was wise beyond his
years, f Or, like the Arab, he folded his
instrument and, after remarking it
wouldn't be wise, silently stole away.
A. E. H. '
I wish to thank P. E. S. for so kindly
ad capably replying to "A Southern
er's" communication regarding the
negro hanging in Georgia. I have
been wondering how I could have ex
pressed myself in my former letter to
call forth such an attack as was made
by this southerner against the char
acter of a young woman he knows
absolutely nothing about.
My sense of justice and fair play
is, I think, developed to an unusual
degree. The tyranny, brutality and
injustice exhibited today by races.
'nations and individuals is a source of
suffering to me. If we would only
stop to remember that difference in
color of races is no more than differ
ence in climate. The black man is
black because he has for centuries
existed on the hottest portion of the
earth. The white man likewise Is
white because he has lived for cen
turies on that portion of the earth
which receives less of the sun's heat.
The climatic conditions account very
naturally for the black man's lack of
progress and ignorance up to the time
ie migrated northward.
There is no reason to suppose that,
with the same advantages for the
same length of time, the black race
could not equal or surpass the white
race. Then why are we puffed up?
Why should we scorn the rights of
other races? We should instead feel
grateful for our civilization and make
the proper use of it, which would be
to lend a hand to those less fortunate
chan ourselves.
You see, it all comes back to thi
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