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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
B. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier in Chi
cago, 30 cents a Month By Mall,
United States and Canada. S3 00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postbMIce at Chicago,
lit, under the Act ot March 3. 1X79
THE ARMOR BLACK-HANDERS.
We do not believe, Secretary Dan
iels to the contrary notwithstanding,
that Senator Penrose was "bluffing"
when he said that the steel mills
would raise the price of armor $200
per ton if the government undertook
to manufacture armor plate itself.
We believe that the Penrose state
ment was a cold-blooded, deliberate
ly planned and boldly made threat,.
And we believe furthermore that the
steel men will undertake to carry Out
that threat Such a clamor has
arisen from the outraged public at
the insolence of it; the press, even the
heretofore faithful part of it, has so
openly advocated more or less con
fiscatory measures, that the steel
magnates, in alarm, have hedged to
a large extent
But the spirit of the piracy which
prompted this pernicious attempt to
intimidate the greatest law-making
body in the world still exists in the
greedy hearts and conscienceless
minds of the steel magnates. The
test from which they so long have
drawn a bountiful flow will not be
yielded up without a struggle. , That
they have ceased bleating is ominous.
We believe there will be a gradual
advance of prices On government
armor contracts from this time on, if
congress does not at once take steps
to head off the upward movement.
The steel men's purpose will be ac-1
' complished insidiously, but accom
plished it will be if Uncle Sam doesn't
watch out i
We wouldn't trust these hypocrit-
ical patriots, whose version of thej
Lord's prayer reads, "Give us this day
our daily CAKE," any further than we
could throw a bull by the tail. j
i The more they seem to acquiesce in,
' the public demand the more devilish
and malignant wax their plots.
Watch 'em, Senator Tillman! Wer
are playing our white alley on you. i
KICK THEM OUT! Is the U. S.T
senate going to swallow the threat,
of the armor plate traitors, thieves
and blacklegs to raise the price of
armor $200 per ton if the bill to pro
vide government armor plate passes?
We use the names above advisedly.
In 1894 the plate makers were
fined $140,000 by President Cleve-,
land for furnishing rotten plate for
U. S. ships that afterward had to
fight in the war with Spain. In 1896
they were convicted of furnishing ar-.
mor plate to foreign nations at $249
per ton when charging Uncle Sam
$540. In 1916 they boldly appear in
the U. S. senate with a threat tOj
blackmail the government in $20,
000,000 if certain legislation is en
acted, and they can do it, as Sec'y
Daniels says that for years they have
fixed the price of plate to the U. S.
What has become of the dignity
and honor of the U. S. senate when
treacherous robbers can walk In,
shake their fists under the senatorial
nose and threaten a hold-up?
Leave it to the police! When they're
off the trail they always discover a
Prohibition has bettered business
in Seattle. Prohibition has ruined
business in Mobile. It all depends on
oh, say it yourself.
"Looks like an early spring," said
Bhe to the bachelor. "Ought to be," -said
he, "it's leap year." Now li
wonders why she's miffed. j