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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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Tolonhnnp Editorial, Monroe 333
J. ewfJHUlias circulation. Monroe 8536
cago. 30 cents a Month By Mall.
United States and Canada, $3.00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago,
IIL, under the Act of March S. 1879
HEAR US WHOOP. At the risk
of a shower of bricks from the peace
anyhow folks, we're going to whoop
it up for that part of the administra
tion's army Bill providing for a nitrogen-making
plant, making this coun
try absolutely independent of all oth
ers In the manufacture of gunpow
der. Our whoop is not wholly a war
whoop. We hope that that plant will
have time, between wars, to turn out
nitrogen for fertilizing purposes.
We have in hand 1 pkt radish seed,
1 pkt beet seed, 1 spade, 1 hoe, 1
rake and 17 circulars declaring that
all fertilizers containing much nitro
gen have become so high-priced that
it's a shame to put them in the
ground. Yet, to our eager, frost-bitten
nostrils there cometh (occa
sionally) the breath of the glad
spring. The lawn steameth In the
balmy sunshine (now and then) and
the first robin cocketh one eye and
grabs at the early worm. And the
spirit to dig and plant boileth over in
our soul.
If there is a successful government
nitrogen factory there'll be others.
Our atmosphere is loaded with nitro
gen; it's free, and we cannot lay it
beside our radish and our beet It
must be fixed. More power to the
administration or the bill that fixes
it, Is our whoop.
We mankind are funny creatures.
aren't we? Neither we nor anything
else can live without fixed nitrogen.
There is an unlimited quantity of ni
trogen in the air about us. We are
not impressed with the high impor
tance of fixing it, until we need it in
order to blow each other to pieces.
You'd think that all of man's study
and effort would have been devoted
to fixing nitrogen for years past No,
they've studied this life-giver with
the view of destroying life. But,
really, the fellow who puts cheap ni
trogen next to our radish or beet is
greater than he who throws a 2-ton
shell 25 miles and wipes out a town.
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At the University of California a
freshman was asked by one of the
professors whether he had proved a
certain proposition in Euclid. "Well,
sir," said the freshman, " 'proved' is
a rather strong word, but I will say
that I have rendered it highly prob
able." Argonaut
Weary Willie I came from a very
good family.
Dusty Dorkins Gash! SomefaBk
ilies surety are lucky.
Congressman McLemore gets into
the limelight by being sat down on
hard. That's the only use some con
gressmen are ever put to.
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