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N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
Editorial, Monroe 353
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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mall. United
States, and Canada. 33 00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago,
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
HOW THEY DO IT. Vic Law
son's Daily News published an edi
torial this week which illustrates how
the red-herring is dragged across the
traiL In commenting on the Indus
trial Relations Commission it class
ified the labor representatives as Gar
retson, O'Connell, Lennan and
Walsh; and the representatives of the
public as Prof. Commons and Mrs.
Harriman, while the tree represen
tatives of capital or the employing
class were Aishton, Weinstock and
The truth is that Walsh is a law
yer, is not a member of any labor or
ganization and was put on the com
mission with Prof. Commons and
Mrs. Harriman as representatives of
the general public.
Now Walsh agreed with the find
ings of the investigators and signed
the report as written by- the chief of
the research and investigation bu
reau; and so did the three represen
tatives of labor.
And the News classified him as a
labor representative in order to make
his finding appear to be partisan and
partial. Yet Walsh was free to sign
whatever he pleased, as Prof. Com
mons and Mrs. Harriman were. He
was under no obligations to either
the representatives of labor or of cap
ital But he did happen to have the
courage to sign a report that hap
pened to be true.
Which is going some for a big law-
yer. Fortunately Walsh was a big
MAN as well as a big lawyer.
SCIENTIFIC TAXATION. With
out going to legislative bodies for
laws, doctors have developed a
scientific scheme of taxation which
places the burden on those best able
to bear it
The most celebrated surgeons find
out as well as they can how much a
patient is worth and charge him ac
cordingly; and yet they will exercise
just as much care and skill in oper
ating on poor patients, from whom
they expect to get no fee at all.
Under this system the rich pay not
only for the work done for them but
also for that done by the surgeons
for the poor.
Lawyers have learned the fine art
of charging big fees when they serve
the rich, but, as a general thing, they
don't waste much time in serving the
poor. There are exceptions of course,
but the exceptions are mighty few.
This practice of surgeons wasn't
brought about by laws made by rep
resentatives of the people. It is
self government Where taxation is
governed by legislative laws the
greatest tax-dodgers are those who
are best able to pay.
Very few physicians and surgeons
will refuse to treat a patient because
he has no money. With most law
yers, if you ain't got no moneywhy
you needn't come aroun.
Possibly honor has a better influ
ence than law. Men will do things
that are decidedly immoral when a
lawyer shows them that their acts
are legal. Law is often the excuse
for wrong-doing, where if the wrong
doer were without the excuse of le
gality and governed by honor alone
he might refrain from wrong-doing.
War reports indicate the French
and English have pretty nearly bK
ten off a Turkish wing.
At least one question asked in
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