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ITHE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 B. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, JLI
Tplcnhnnpi Editorial, Monroe 333
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Entered aa lecond-clajs matter April"
'21. 1814, at the postofflce at Chtcaeo.
III. unAer the Act of March . 187?
' THE AMERICAN SHELL GAME.
Secretary Daniels of the navy de
partment has decided to re-advertise
for bids on armor piercing shells in
the hope o,getting more reasonable
An English concern, Hadfields
Limited pt Sheffield, England, sub
mitted bids onl6-inch shells at $513
per shell. The loweBt American bid
der wants $775 per Bhell. Further
more, the British concern offers de
livery in 16 months, while thj Amer
ican firms want to take 36 months,
ft do the work.
The fact is that American muni
tions manufacturers are so busy with
profitable war orders that they do
' not want to supply their own govern
ment with shells. Their patriotism
is of that variety which, requires to
be 'excessively stimulated with gold
to make it work.
We are getting tired of that kind
of patriotism. The American navy
must be built up and must be sup
plied with munitions, and we haven't
got 36 months or any other months
longer than the shortest possible
time in which these shells can be
manufactured. Furthermore, we
don't want to have to depend upon a
foreign munitions-making concern
to supply the American navy with
There ia jufct me way out, -and
Secretary Daniels realises it. The
last naval bill the building program
of .Aug. 29, 1916 provided $1,411,
222 for erecting a government plant
for the manufacture of projectiles.
A beginning has been made on this
plant, and Secretary Daniels Is about
to ask congress to double the ap
propriation for the projectile plant
Congress should not hesitate to
do It. Furthermore, congress ought
to realize that the greater the facil
ities which the government itself has
for manufacturing its own, muni
tions, the more likely the govern
ment will be to get reasonable bids
for furnishing such supplies.
We have put up with dollar pa-
triotism about as long as we can
Britannia sure i3 finding the waves
This "plot to kill Wilson" discov
ered in San Francisco sounds even
more fishy than Lawson's "leak."
"America is like a -year-old child
beginning to ask questions," said
Rabindranath Tagore before sailing
home to India. Couldn't you answer
'em,Rab? , ..
Otto Kahn of Kuhn-Loeb, New
York bankers, read in Leslie's Week
ly that be was one of the "Men Who
Are Making America." Then he de
cided to take out naturalization pa
pers. ' .
Americans are growing exclusive,
says a railroader recounting the
new demand for compartments and
drawing rooms in sleeping cars. WeD,
we can't recall when it was custom
ary to build houses with a general
: 0 0
A German chemist produced a
temperature of 13,500 degrees with,
liquid air under pressure, or 3,500
degrees hotter than the sun Is sm
posed to be.
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