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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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emies of the administration say. Un
friendly coppers were placed in the
two districts, where vice has had its
sway for years. Then if a kick comes
on the way things are run the admin
istration can "clean up the force" by
firing a few captains who are not
mary Mcdowell of stockyards district
tells why she's for wilson
Mary McDowell of the University
of Chicago settlement, "back of the
yards," joined the Wilson Indepen
dence league today. As a worker for
the minimum wage laws, 8-hour day,
city sanitation, Miss McDowell is
known in Illinois and Chicago to
thousands. Four years ago she was
a live, fighting Progressive backer of
Roosevelt She tells here why she's
for Wilson now:
By Mary McDowell
I am going to cast my first presi
dential vote for Mr. Wilson not be
cause I am a Democrat, but .because
I am an indepndent and tnis is a
time to forget parties.
I have come to this conclusion
after long consideration, consulta
tion and reading of papers mostly
critical of Wilson policies.
I have considered the "mistakes
and blunders" and balanced them
with his accomplishments, some of
which seem to me remarkable.
No president since Lincoln has had
such tremendous problems thrust
at him from every angle; many de
cisions had to be made without pre
cedents. He made some mistakes.
He proved himself human.
But there was one supremjs and ir
recoverable mistake Mr. Wilson did
not make, and for this I give him my
vote. Mr. Wilson did not pick Mex
ico when it was "ripe for our pick
ing." South America, Europe and
Mexico needed to have proof given
them that as a nation we were not
for aggression, although a group
among us is working all the time for
preparedness for this purpose.
Mr. Wilson stood the test in the
face of an aggressive, organized and
commercialized public opinion. In,
his Mexican policy, with all its ques
tionable mistakes, he stood always
against a "war for aggression" and
a "war for the protection of private
In his painful and difficult negotia
tions with the European belligerents
he has not adopted the cheap policy
of "bluffing," nor has he involved us
in war. He has endeavored through
out to stand for constructive interna
tionalism. His declaration at the
meeting of the League to Enforce
Peace, that Jie believes it to be Amer
ica's obligation to lead in the estab
lishment of an international organi
zation for the preservation of the
world's peace marks a new departure
in American diplomacy.
Mr. Wilson's legislative program is
remarKable. The rural credits law
and the federal reserve act, excellent
as I know them to be, are ot meas
ures the necessity for which I have
learned from my own experience.
The need for a workman's compen
sation act, however, is brought home
to me almost dailv att- wncrm'a
r leadership has given up a iaw cover
ing tne ieaeral service. He has re
cognized through the amendment of
the anti-trust act that labor is not a
The child labor law, which Mr.
Beveridge urged a Republican con
gress to pass five or six years ago,
should win for Mr. Wilson the sup
port of all women who have worked
for its passage in state and nation
for many years. It is the entering
wedge in national legislation looking
toward the establishment of "social
and industrial justice" for which we
Progressives labored in 1912.
I read with new hope Mr. Wilson's
statement that the justice of the
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