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the day book I
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 5. PEORIA ST. CIIICACiO, ILU
Tplonhnnoi Editorial, Monroe 353
etepiones clnuIntloII, Monroe 3M8
Subscription By Carrier in
Chicago, 50 cents a month. By
Mail, United States and Can
ada, 50 cents a Month.
Entered as second-class matter April '
21. 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago.
-11L. under the Act of March I, 1SJ9. I
DON'T BLAME THE GERM!
Germs have been handy scapegoats
ever since they were discovered. To
explain that one has caught a "germ"
disease is to slide out from under all
responsibility for being sick.
But the latest medical science robs
us of this comforting excuse. It
makes us personally responsible for
We may no longer expect immu-.
nity from disease by fumigating in
animate objects for, we are told, peo
ple more than things are carriers of
To keep from catching disease and
to keep from passing it on to others,
we have all got to be personally
clean all of the time. Common colds,
grip, diphtheria, measles, whooping
cough, scarlet fever, cerebro-spinal
meningitis and probably infantile
paralysis are all spread through the
discharges, mainly the mouth ana
nose secretion, of people having the
A generous indulgence In soap and
hot water, fresh air and sunshine,
both for the body and for the cloth
ing, succeed, where medicines and
disinfectants fail, in lowering the
Man has done all he can to make
sanitation and hygiene luxuries in
stead of necessities. High rents shut
out air and sun from hundreds of'
families. Hot water is often an ex
travagance owing to the cost of fueL
And often soap is looked on as an
unnecessary expense when most of
the income must be paid out at pres
ent food rates.
Still there is no greater personal
elegance than that germproof look
which belongs to the person who
sleeps with the windows thrown
wide (even in mid-winter) who walks
in the sunshine and who manages
somehow to get a daily tubbing.
WHAT THEY MAY GET. "A
leading produce dealer of San Fran
cisco declares that 100,000 sacks of
potatoes are being, held there in
storage for a rise. What do the spec
ulators expect.' western .raper.
The speculators expect to gouge
the consumers, but what they'll get
may oe someuung eise. or in
stance: Mr. Burns, president of the
mayors' ' conference of New York
state,, openly announced that he
would' solve the food problem by
seizing any supplies held in cold
storage for speculative purposes and
put them on the market at reasona
ble prices. There would be no law
for such seizure and sale by Mayor
Burns. Our beautiful supreme court
would probably declare such action
confiscatory and unconstitutional.
But it will be what the speculators
will get unless prices come down.
The folks will stand much in the
way of "corners." They will try to
cure "cornering" by law. But when
it comes to aTnatter of starving, they
will simply take what they want It
is time that speculators in food saw
that handwriting on the wall.
$75 a day to keep the Astor baby.
That's easily understood if they're
feeding him potatoes.