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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 02, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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LETTERS TO EDITOR
TAXING VACANT LOTS
Editor Day Book F. Williams in
answer to J. Kernes on "Tho only
.hope that remainsfor labor is the co
operative commonwealth," asks if
.Kernes does not think that thou
sands of idle men would be put to
"work at once if a five per cent tax
'was laid on the 400,000 vacant lots
,in Chicago that are now being held
idle.
Now I would like to ask P. Wil
liams if he thinks there is any pos
sible way of getting this tax laid. The
tonly way I can see is to elect men to
' office whose platform pledges itself
for a co-operative commonwealth,
for they are the only ones who could
and would lay a tax on idle lots.
C. J. S., Indiana Ave.
BLACKBALL AND BLACKLIST
Editor Day Book Your paper
seems to have taken up the fight of
B. Kuppenheimer of the famous (or
rather infamous) clothing manufac
turing firm, against the South Shore
Country Club, which refused to ac
cept him into membership.
It is said that he was blackballed
because he was a Jew. That may be
true or not, but I know of very good
reasons why this gentleman should
not be taken in any self-respecting
organization, because he is one of the
heads of a firm which is most unfair
to labor; that he is one of the lead
ing spirits of the Chicago Clothing
Manufacturers Association, an or
ganization which has blackballed
hundreds of working men and pre
vented them from earning a liveli
hood. Yes, starved them into sub
mission for daring to assert their
manhood. That same gentleman,
who is complaining so bitterly about
the treatment accorded him, has been
in the habit of doing the very same
thing and worse, blacklisting work
ing people.
The South Shore Country Club may ,
have interfered with the social stand
ing of Mr. Kuppenheimer, but the
very same gentleman has interfered
with the very livelihood of hundreds
of working men through his Associa
tion, and has been the cause of much
misery of a great many tailors.
I believe that before Mr. Kuppen
heimer or his friends complain of the
blackballing systems that they them
selves ought to set an example by
abolishing their office in the Medinah
Temple, which is nothing more than a
blacklisting place of working men
who dare to assert their manhood or
ask for better conditions.
Mr. Kuppenheimer's wealth is ill
gotten and I don't believe any or
ganization aware of his method in
treating his employees would accept
Mm intp membership, if it was. right.
Frank Rose, a Cutter, 918 Si Oak
ley Blvd.
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KNEE-RUBBING
Editor Day Book This saying by
Mr. Anderson that the street car
company is to blame for knee rub
bing. Certain we know that much
could and should be done to make
transportation better for the passen
gers, and would, no doubt, were it not
for the fact that the stockholders are
crying their eyes out for more and
greater dividends, and, maybe the of
ficials must meet the demand or lose
their jobs.
Time and time again when there
was no excuse for it have I seen the
leer on the faces, the knowing wink
and the vulgar actions of the" "poor
working manjjoing home after his
hard day's work," vulgar actions pur
posely imparted against some female
standing in the car, and the knowing
wink to his partners alongside as
much as to say
There I must stop, Mr. Editor, and
not let my pen run away with me,
for should I say what was meant
by the wink and the words that were
whispered I might spend Christmas
in Leavenworth, and, believe mer T
have no desire to get my bed and
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