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won and I have lost, but 'winning or losing 1 gained experience. lj jye
made mistakes, and I have learned something from my mistakes. C
I have fought for my ideals as an idealist I have worn ml heart
upon my -sleeve', and I have had it bruised. I have tried reforming an(j
uplifting others, and haven'i succeeded to any considerable exte.nt either in
reforming or in uplifting myself. I have seen earnest idealists staZf out
on the great fight with the enthusiasm of youth and ambition, only Aq fgfa
ana to fail crushed and bleeding never to ngnt again, i have
against the system, and have been
knocked down. But I am still stand
ing, and still fighting though Lhave
learned something of the trick of
fighting the devil with fire, and of
backing up to get a fresh start.
Some of my illusions have been dis
pelled. Doubtless some are still with
me. But I think that I have learned
as I went along more and more of
plain, ordinary human nature as I
have tried to get closer to it.
As I have learned to know much of
my own weakness, I think I have
come to understand better the weak
ness of all human nature and its
strength and glory in its weakness.
I have passed the point where I
think I can really do much to reform
anybody, or to uplift anybody al-.
though I still hope that I can help to
make it easier for any of us who
want to reform and uplift ourselves.
I have reached the point where I
am more anxious to make men think
than I am anxious to make them
think what I think they ought to
think. For I have come to believe
that when we begin to think we'll
work out all right in the end even if
we think wrong at the beginning.
I think one of the greatest things
I have learned is to be tolerant . I no
longer boil over when attacked, even
though it may be unfairly and un
justly. For, I realize nw that some
-ho have criticized me have been
AQnest about it, and sincere, with
tb e li ht thev had. And it is possible;
-f course that some of them were
right in the past, and that some or
tb'm are right now.
So I think I can discuss politics
confidence that I am always
and the man who doesn't agiree
me is always wrong.
In the present Series I will
with the plan of the Sullivan
cratic faction to organize a Ta
political machine in Chica
Cook county, modeled after
tern of the First Ward Demo
I will discuss Kenna and Coughtih,
and whether or not they are faithful '
representatives of their constituency
in the First ward. I will prQabjjK
just hs freely discuss other jwep;
known public men, as well as many
human phases of city politics and
government I win discuss reform
ers, upllfters, bosses, preachers, busi
ness, State street, bankers, judges,
politicians, and men and women of
the upper and underworlds.
And all of it will have a bearing on
the future government of Chicago. I
will write in the hope of making what
I write.both interesting and helpful,
although I am quite sure some of ray
opinions will appear to the orthodox
as decidedly unorthodox. Perhaps
the chief reason for writing, however,
Is that I just happen to feel like it.
The first installment wiU be pub
lished in The Day Book tomorrow.
FIND U. S. FORT PLANS IN ROO
OF GERMAN SUSPECTS
New York, March 1 Suddenly
breaking into quarters ol Richard
Von Ahrend and Rudolph von Kracht,
said to be German naval lieutenants,
1 m postal conspiracy
charge, postoffice inspectors herd
and individuals with more tolerance confiscated batch of American fqrtifi-j
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