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In the ranks of labor, in the corps
of hospital nurses, in the pulpits, in
the tenement houses, are many gen
uine martyrs who are never heard
of, thousands of them. They do not
offer their all in jaikor on scaffold,
but their work has its beneficent ef
fect upon the whole human family.
The fellow who merely ".seeks the
bubble reputation in the cannon's
mouth" is rarely long remembered
or strongly loved, after the cannon
goes off. Reputation is what the peo
ple think of you. There is nothing
more changeable than the people's
thinking. It is deeds that live.
THE LESSON WE, TOO, MUST LEARN
Some time ago, in Philadelphia, when sweet potatoes were selling, re
tail, at 6 a barrel, Robert C. Wright, freight traffic agent of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad, bought a barrel in Delaware for $1.40, shipped it to the city
at a freight cost of 35 cents, and for 25 cents had the barrel delivered in his
cellar, where it represented an outlay of $2, one-third of the retail market
Here, it will be seen, the services and the toll of middlemen were en
tirely cut out But
Wright had a cellar. And presumably he traveled to Delaware on com
pany time and a pass.
Most city homes today lack cellars. Which means that the home man
ager can't buy in quantity when provisions are cheapest and store away a
reserve, but must buy from hand to mouth. Hence the need of storage
warehouses and middlemen. Also, most home managers haye to travel on
their own time and pay full fare.
In Philadelphia, as in many other cities, there is talk of establishing
a farm bureau, through which groups of householders wishing country
produce may buy co-operatively, at a saving over present methods.
The problem is 'seen to be one of vital consequences to the city's wel
fare, since living's present high cost breeds innumerable evils. And many
groups, such as bankers, merchants and humanitarians, are willing to work
some distance together in the effort to solve it.
They are, however, met at every turn by the opposition of business in
terests having a profit stake in the present highly complicated and costly
arrangement. One man's meat is another man's poison.
And they are also faced by the fact that such a bureau won't run itself,
but, to have a chance of success, must be managed with skill, and skill
costs. The minute the overhead charges begin, the saving starts to vanish.
This thing has been done better elsewhere. The co-operative societies
of Great Britain are largely successful and the profit they make is divided
among shareholders and consumers, comparatively little going to overhead
A co-operative bakery in Ghent, Belgium, started 33 years ago, has
succeeded so well that out of the compounded profits it not only giyes credit
to members overtaken by adversity, supplies free medical service to its sick
and insures against death and casuality, but also maintains a fine people's
palace or social center, with lectures, games, concerts, picture shows, the
ater, and light refreshments at trifling costj'and has extended its co-opera-,
tive service to include most of the necessaries of life. Throughout Belgium
it has 204 imitators, and the movement is spreading rapidly' throughout
Isn't it true, then, that the way to lower living costs here is to get more
folks doing productive work and fewer living on their backs?