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- THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
The spirit which prompt those who have to contribute gener
ously that "those who have not may eat a Christmas dinner, is all
right as far as it goes but it doesn't go far enough.
For those who had not, and thus accepted a Christmas dinner
as charity, very likely will 'be as hungry next Monday as they would
have been yesterday had the Christmas spirit not reached them.
Much more good would be done in the world if those who
catch the Christmas spirit in December would hold on to it the re
mainder of the year.
For then it might prompt them to make closer inquiry into
economic conditions that make Christmas charity necessary.
When so many have so. much more than they need, and so
many more have .less thaa they need, there is something radically
wrong in the adjustment of human affairs.
And none of us can escape his full share of responsibility for
Those who are poor do not enjoy accepting charity they ac
cept because (they can't see how they can hejp themselves.
iWhat all of us owe them is an opportunity to help-themselves.
And. we could heFp much more than we do if we turned our thoughts
more seriously to justice. -
There is a relation between all things. There is some relation
between skyscrapers and palaces on the one hand, an,d p'risons and
hovels on the other.
The Chicago Vice Commission has pointed out one relation
between the big and magnificent department stores in the loop dis
trice and the houses of shame in the levee.
And the same relation exists "between the vast fortunes of
merchant princes and the pitiful poverty of poo"r districts.
Yet it would be an easy matter f6r the people of Chicago to
enforce a living wage for all employes whose daily toil helps build
up these vast fortunes.
publicity Would, be the most powerful weapon. Unfortunately,
however, publicity in Chicago is not free. We have a kept press
newspapers kept by big advertisers.
Yet the big advertisers are kept by the people.
.An aroused public conscience must precede a free press for
the press today does not lead in the right directiqn, although it will
follow when the people point the way.
' There-is a splendid 6ppoftunity for the pulpit right here in
Chicago provided it is free. That opportunity knocks now at the
That opportunity is to' give expression of the growing demand
"Jor justice, ''for human brotherhood, for the" Christianity of Christ