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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
600 S. PKORIA ST. CHICAGO. 11,1..
Tplcnhnnpi Editorial, Monroe 353
1 ViefJIlVUet circulation. Monroe 3S36
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chi
cago, yj cents a Month By Mall.
United States and Canada. JJOU'a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago,
-III., under the Act of March 3, 14J9
MOLLYCODDLING THE MILITIA.
Mobilization of the national guard
on the Mexican border is splendidly
education, at any rate. Even the edi
torial jingoes are finding out that the
boys who are now toppling over un
der the almost tropical sun were In
no condition to be rushed across the
border to do battle with Mexico's
seasoned veterans It was easy
enough for our own Maje McCor
mick to sit in his editorial sanctum
In Chicago and hurl thunderbolts at
the president, demanding that he
send 500,000 American solliers over
the border to grab Mexico. But after
the tin maje got away from his elec
tric fan and began to be a big pa
trolman on the border he learned
that there were things about war
and the Mexican climate that h.e
hadn't understood. .
There has been too much news
paper mollycoddling aof the nation-
al. guard. First we heard awful
yawps because they all couldn't ride
in standard sleepers. Then a few
war corresponding nuts began kick
ing because the meals in the south
ern camps didn't have everything
from jellied consomme on through
alligator pear salad to nuts, tooth
picks, napkins and finger bowls.
It also appears that some of our
heroes are sore because they weren't
ordered right away to go out and kill
a few Mexicans before breakfast.
We hope they don't have to kill
anybody, ana tnat patrol duty on the
border with army fare and all that
will make MEN out of some of the
mollycoddles who,had too soft a life
It might help some if all editorial
jingoes had to do their patrol bit on
the border. The hot sun might draw
what brains they have to the head.
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS.
Education is a complex science. How
to guide the minds and bodies of the
young is an art where most of the
practice now is experimental. We're
just feeling our way in the develop
ment of our public schools system.
In any school system the teacher
counts for more than anything else.
She is 75 per cent or more of the
For these reasons any man or
woman who lifts finger to place
the election and retention of public
school teachers on any other than a
merit basis is by that act working
injury io 'the public schools.
Those who would wreck the public
schools might well make a start by
first wrecking civil service, destroy
ing the merit basis for appointment
and retention of the teaching force.
Wrecking of civil service by the
Jake Loeb majority of the school
board in dismissal June 27 of 68
teachers, of whom 42 had records for
efficiency, was a vicious thrust. If
not corrected, set right, it will stand
as a piece of official treachery to all
the parents of Chicago who send
their children to public schools.
All efforts of school trustees, ald
ermen or the state's attorney to re
store merit rule are a service for
parents and school children.
Business before pleasure, says
Pres. Wilson, as he delays notifica
tion ceremonies until after adjourn
ment of congress.
'It's as risky to praise a woman's
husband to her face as it is to criti
cize him, '
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