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only plenty of room but also fresh air
and very often a vacant seat or two.
Don't you think he would then
wondewhy the mob held the back
platform, making it not only hard on
the public, conductor and others, but
unsafe as well? In a rear-end colli
sion how ma"ny more would lose their
lives or become injured. Why don't
the public see that this rule is for
their own good and it is to their ad
vantage to keep the platform clear.
The answer to it all is this: Judge
Sabath says we can hold the plat
form and we're going to. No matter
whether it is dangerous and disagree
able to ourselves and others or not.
I certainly for one think that
Judge Sabath's name will go down
in history along with the kaiser, and
I also think that the public will feel
toward him as German subjects do
toward the kaiser.
As long as Judge Sabath doesn't
give the passengers the right to take
our little seats on the rear platform
without our consent I guess we can
stand it. But there is no telling what
his next ruling will be, so I am going
to get used to standing up and do
without my seat.
One Chicago paper today had a
column headed: "Seats for Every
body." I say, what good will they do
if they can't put them on the back
platform, as that is where the public
wishes ride nowadays. J. D. Strong,
Conductor No. 4396.
WHATEVER OUR OPINION OF THE RIGHT OR WRONG OF THIS
STORY, IT IS A PROBLEM THAT WILL MAKE US THINK
By Jane Whitaker.
This is a story that is going to
arouse different emotions in differ
ent people. Some it will make indig
nant; others will approve, but what
ever may be our conclusions regard
ing the right or wrong of it, there is'
no doubt that it furnishes much food
for serious thought.
In the quite long ago there came
into the world of poor parents a baby
boy who was given the name of
James Finley. The baby shared the
fate of other poor children, little play
time, little school time and an early
thrusting into labor's mart.
But James did not possess the
brains and the cunning- that have
made of many children of poor par
ents captains of industry, nor the
great statesmanship and understand
ing that made of Abraham Lincoln,
off-spring of poverty, one of our
James was just a toiler, but he was
a steady toiler. It was said of him
that he could get work when every
one else was idle, but he never earn
ed more than a meagre wage. .
When he reached manhood, he had
the instinct that is worldshared, to
build for himself a home by marrying
the woman of his choice. At that
time he was working in the stock
yards and never averaging more than
$13 a week and there are heaps of
statistics to prove that a man cannot
properly support a wife and family on
that amount of money, but no voice
was raised against James making the
He was not and is not a defective.
Neither is his wife nor the children
he now has. Nor was he a bit more
perfect than the rest of us. He lived
in a district where a man's sole pleas
ure is the can of beer or the pint of
whisky he occasionally shares with
his friends, and this was James' one
Until the economic problem grew
larger than James' wages, the little
family was content. But as there
came one baby, then two, then
three, then four, James' meagre wage
was inadequate and organized char
ity had to lend occasional assistance.
It was then that the wife of James
quarreled with him over his one in
dulgence. It wasn't that she resented
it from the ethical standpoint, she re
sented it because they could not af
ford to spend even the little that this