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guns-are ijooming, men arev fed into
the maw of war; but, in the lulls of
peace, into the hungry maw is fed the
Each French workingman pays
about three-fourths of a day's wages
every week for war alone, not count
ing his other taxes!
In "Germany and France alone
$5,000,000,000 is practically set aside
from commercp in order to produce,
at 5 per cent interest, enough to keep
the two countries ready to fight each
In other words, if France and Ger-
many could agsee never to go to war,
it would practically mean taking this
$5,000,000,000 and turning it to mak
ing their countries richer and their
In England the situation is as bad,
though the Englishman, as an in
dividual, is bucking up against the
foolishness of it all. England is
building 16 warships to Germany's
10; but her difficulty is to find
Englishmen ready to man them.
Just at present Lord Roberts is go
ing about England crying out, "Join
the militia, and be patriotic, or else
'the government will have to enforce
military enlistment" But the Eng
lishmen are only pooh-poohing hhn
and all such as hold his ideas, for the
Englishman has discovered, during
the past few English wars, that the
average English soldier never fights
for himself, but for the money inter
ests of the lords and nobles. The
English government is having a hard
time to get people to stand a war tax,
and this tax is gradually growing
As soon as the Frenchman and
German take matters into their own
hands, as the Englishman is doing,
the probabilities of war will grQw less
and less in Europe. If governments,
who are swayed by banking and com
mercial interests, cannot find men to
man dreadnaughts and shoot can
non then it will be useless to buy war
ships -and guns.
SILK INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN
' NEW JERSEY TIED- UP
Paterson, N. J., May 3. Ten thou--1
sand silk workers in towns surround
ing Paterson walked out today, com
pletely tieing up the silk industry
of northern New Jersey.
The workers quit because Pater
son mill owners were sending their
raw product to West Hoboken, Wee
hawkenr Union Hill and North Ber
gen to be manufactured. L W. W.
organizers visited the towns and suc
ceeded in calling out practically ev
Another futile effort was made by
Paterson mill owners to brseak the
.local strike today. They promised the
workers an adjustment of the wages
and other demands if they would rec
tum to work. The strikers, who have
been out of work for three months,
replied that they would negotiate
only through the L W. W. Operators
refused to treat with I. W. W. officials
BITS OF NEWS ' J
Rose Retrie, two days old,,Joliet,
burned to death when dressrcaughi1,
fire from ashes 61 stove.
Ralph Larson, 4, 2113 Giddings st.f
seriously injured by street car.
Frank Smith, 44, 24761 Archer av.ff
butcher, found dead in. room. XJas:r'
- -Russel Webb, 16, farmer boy
Joliet, touched wire fence with plow.
Fence was charged with electricity.
A. Rhodes, motorman, cut down tele
phone pole that was supplying the
Unidentified Italian, 30, found un
conscious at Division st and Oak,
Park av. Had. taken poison. At-
tempted suicide. Died on way to'
Max Rehmanr 641 Garfield av.,
steamship agent, arrested, charged
JVIrs. August Rittrneyer, 36433g.
Calumet av., found suffering from
two bullet wounds. Refused to telJL
how it happened. Revolver found,
near hert J
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