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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 10, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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Say, Frank: x
In your message you say: "The true test of a country's greatness is
the lot in life of the average men and women the men and women of the
shop, of the factory and of the farm. These are they wh'o carry, on the
work of civilization, and a nation is strong in proportion, to their well
being. Whatever permanently improves their lot in life is best for all and
best for the state."
If you mean what you say, and know what you mean, you are headed
in the right direction. I want to see you make good. I want to see every
ptlblic servant make good. What party he belongs to is merely incidental.
Do YOU know, Governor, that of all of the hundreds, of state governors
in this union of states, mighty few have amounted to much? Yet every
one of them wanted to make a name for himself in history. The trouble
was that few of them were big enough to make the job big for the size
of the job depends upon the man who fills it.
Constitutions, statutes and political parties don't make big men or big
governors of little men. A big man can be a big governor under any old
constitution or code of laws, and no matter on what party ticket fie hap
pened to be elected.
Do you know what Mayor Thompson's fatal and fundamental mis
take was? I'll tell you. He was elected mayor of Chicago by a nonpar
tisan majority of the people, even if he did 'run on the Republican ticket.
But he acted as if he thought he was mayor of the Republican party, and
let his fool friends dance a political jig on tpp of that remarkable majority
and boom him for president, and elected him Republican national cqm
jnitteeman. To his political pals, Thompson's election didn't mean a glorious op
portunity for Thompson to make good as a servant of all of the people it
meant jobs for Republican party politicians. It meant victory and a divi
" sion of spoils.
You see, Governor, it wasn't in the cards for Bill Thompson to be
mayor of the Republican party, and at the same time mayor of all of the
people of Chicago. He couldn't ev.en please a majority of the Republican
people of Chicago by being mayor of the politicians of the Republican
party for the great majority of the voters in either' of the big parties
work for their living and don't make a business, of politics.
Newspapers used to hemostly Republican and Democratic organs.
A few far-seeing journalists saw there was a chance for more circulation
by making their papers independent. You see, to brand a paper as Repub
lican was an invitation to all Democrats not to read it. And having shut
off about half of the people in that day, the editor of a party organ was'
almost certain to make his paper the organ of a faction of his party, and
thus offend about half of the half of the population he appealed to.
Big newspaper circulation came when independent newspapers ap
pealed to all of the people- Now there are few hide-bound party organs.
Most newspapers arg. independent.
In pplitiBB there re more independent voters than ever before. It was
"the independent jote ttmt e-elected Wilson president. More and more Qt

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