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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 04, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 25

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SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier in Chi
cago. 30 cents a Month. By Mail.
United States and Canada, $3.00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago.
I1L. dnder the Act vof March I, 1879.
save the working girls of Chicago, or
any other city, is for the good men
and women who want to save souls
to help the girls get better than a liv
ing wage, so it will be easy for the
girls to save themselves.
Rest rooms, hotels for girls, the
thoughtful solicitude of good Chris
tians and all other activities of the
well-meaning are all right so far as
they go, but the great, big, vital thing
is a wage that will enable the girls to
live decently, comfortably and happily-
The very least we can do is to give
every girl who wants to lead a Chris
tian life a chance to live it. We won't
get far tinkering with effects while
ignoring causes. If we pay more
heed to working girls' rights we
won't have to worry so much about
their wrongs. Give the girls a fair
chance and 95 per cent of them will
go right We don't believe that even
5 per cent of them want to go wrong.
"The outcome of the present crisis
depends on what President Wilson
and the American government
want," reads an obviously inspired
Berlin dispatch. That being true,
there can be no doubt of the issue of
the submarine controversy, for there
can be no question but the sincere
desire of the president, the govern
ment and the people of America is
for .peace and continued amicable
relations with the great nation
across the water.
There might have been a time
when a considerable number of
Americans, for one reason or anoth
er, would have welcomed, or at least
have viewed with equanimity, a
breach of diplomatic relations with
Germany. That time has passed.
America has found itself and sanity
prevails. The whole nation would
view with deepest regret a severance
of friendly relations, even though the
prospect of war was remote.
America asks only that the laws of
humanity, without which the whole
world would ere long be plunged in
blood-red anarchy, be respected by
all the belligerent nations. And it is
the clear duty of America, as the one
powerful neutral country, to unqual
ifiedly make that demand in behalf
of the brotherhood of neutrals whose
rights and ideals are being crucified
on a cross of hate and greed. In
seeking such accomplishment, how
ever, America must use moderation
to a superaltive degree or defeat the
purpose of the stand she has taken.
The demand it has made of Germany
is an eminently right and proper one,
from which it may not recede. Yet it
is but meet to recognize the equivo
cal position of the German authori
ties. A people fighting for their lives
will not readily relinquish their most
effective weapon.
It would seem that the promise of
Germany to restrict her submarine
activities to the bounds of previous
agreements should suffice, leaving it
up to her to keep that promise or
shoulder in full all future responsi
bility. The solution of the problem
is clear. It but requires the applica
tion of the golden rule.
o o
They say the price of molasses is
going up, but as molasses can't be
used in running automobiles nobody
is kicking about it.

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