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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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LETTERS TO EDITOR
CALLS IT BENEFIT
Editor Day Book: Will write you
a few lines in regards to boys play
ing ball in lots. In the first place,
the boys would keep the lots clean
and the property owners would not
find their lots full of old tin cans
and rubbish, like the one next to
where I live. I made a complaint to
the Health Dep't, also 'phoned the
35th Ward yards in regards to the
street cleaner dumping the street
sweepings in the lot for the past four
weeks. My complaint don't do any
good, so I say let the boys play ball
in vacant lots. M. J. Kelly,
22 IM. Karlov Av.
DOWN WITH THE UNPOPULAR
Editor Day Book: Your char
acteristic spirit of fairness as shown
in yesterday's invitation to Banker
Lorimer to give his side of the story,
inspires the hope that this may be a
stepping stone toward breaking down
the, conspiracy of mutual interest that
prevails between bankers, newspa
pers, reformers, philanthropists, etc.,
to knife the unpopular and exclude
those who are presumptious enough
to think and act differently from what
fashion, custom and tradition pre
scribe. The delusion that quack doctors
are more dangerous to the public
than "regulars"; that "get-rich-quick"
operators are a greater influ
ence for poverty and crime than are
big successful financiers; that new
prophe"ts and-ytheir Bibles which are
refused mailing privileges are greater
menaces to civilization than those
which are orthodox and powerful;
that the police department is an in
fluence that decreases crime, and
that the health department is an in
fluence that decreases sickness and
premature death; that the ordinary
daily newspaper is a moral or decent
institution; that independent think-
era must be excJuaed from, cpnxen-
tions, leagues and public programs J
that philanthropies must be applied
to perpetuate institutions as they are,
and many other popular delusions,
may eventually be broken down if
The Day Book will stand pat in its
willingness to print the stories of
those who are on the unpopular side.
Let us hear from Mr. Lorimer and
all of his kind, for as a banker he
cannot possibly in so short a time
and with his small resources have
wrought as much misery, poverty and
theft as the system under which the
respectable bankers are protected;
and as U. S. senator, he only followed
the old schools of graft a little too
long while his enemies of the press
and of politics continue under the
protection of certain refinements,
merely gauged to hoodwink the pub
lic, to perpetuate the system which is
fully 97 per cent at variance with
honesty, democracy and equal rights.
Parker H. Sercombe.
A MUSICIAN'S OPINION
Editor Day Book: I was much in
terested in the article by Samuel
Gomper's in Friday's issue. He says,
speaking of the American Federation
of .Xabor, of which I am a member:
"It stands, for the protection of the
rights and interests of the working
people," To be more exact he should
have said: "It stands for the pro
tection of a small minority of the
working people who are members of
the unions' As most unions have
large entrance fees and closed books
and other prohibitive restrictions it
is certain that the great majority of
the working people cannot be mem
bers. He also says: "I decline to
permit my mind or my activities to
be labeled by any particular 'ism,'
meaning, of course, Socialism. Now
as Socialism aims to be the political
organization of the whole working
people, unions included, in order, to
better their condition and give each
person the full social value of his
labor and a certainty of employment
through public ownership, of the.
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