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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 05, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 27',
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values, or land values, and says: "When-vacant laud is taxed the same as
improved land "of like location the owner's self-interest immediately makes
him a life member of the relief committee."
I don't know as much about that as he does, but would like to see it
tried out. We have a startling illustration of the injustice of present
methods of taxation and land distribution right here in Chicago, where the
people are adding millions to the value of the Marshall Field estate hold
ings and piling up more millions for the Field heirs.
(Q Probably the reason the plan of he single taxers doesn't grow in popu
larity more rapidly is that the people aon't understand that and don't under
stand their RIGHTS on the earth as human beings.
Men sometimes say, in desperation, "The world owes me a living."
I think they but vaguely understand that they didn't come onto this earth
of their own motion, and that they have a right to be here and to have an
opportunity to earn a living. Not many of them mean that they have a
' right to fold their hands and take it easy while the world gives them a
living as a handout.
The unemployed at Seattle gave expression to the real sentiment of
most of the unemployed. They begin to talk of RIGHTS, of JUSTICE.
I'm glad of it. It WILL make society sit up and take notice. IT IS HIGH
TIME SOCIETY WERE SITTING UP AND TAKING NOTICE.
I deplore the loss of self-respect that comes with unemployment, when
men are willing to work and want to work. And the rest of us those of
us who are not unemployed are Responsible for that loss of self-respect.
We are responsible for the loss of self-respect because we refuse to give
the unemployed OUR respect They are entitled not only to our Tespect,
but to our brotherly interest. But, most of all, they are entitled to JUSTICE.
THAT'S WHAT I WANT THEM -TO DEMAND. I'd like to see the
unemployed in Chicago organize, enjoy their self-respect and demand and
'" get from the rest of us the serious consideration and human respect to
which they are entitled as OUR brothers.
The single land tax may come. It may be the thing. I don't know.
It does appeal to me in many ways. But what are we going to do NOW?
IF PRIVATE CAPITAL IS TOO TIMID TO PUT THE UNEMPLOYED
AT WORK, THEN I'M IN FAVOR OF LETTING PUBLIC CAPITAL DO IT.
Men, women and children are starving NOW, right NOW, this very
day and right here in Chicago; and all because there are men willing to
work who can't find work to do. There is "no more important problem
for our municipal government to solve. It's a job we ought to tackle
NOW all of us. We can't wait for new laws or changes in old ones
NOW, NOW, NOW.
CHICAGO MAN WANTED FOR
HIS MARRIAGE RECORD
Hoboken, N. J., Dec 5. Twenty
women in different parts of the coun-
trv have been married, robbed and
deserted by Otto Van Wagner of Chi-
cago, according to tne local police,
who today started a country-wide
search for the man.
The search follows the arrest here
today of Otto Klee on charges
brought by Anna Kohler of New
York. Klee is accused by Miss Koh
ler of being the go-between in the
negotiations which led to her mar
riage to Van Wagner, April 23, in
Another woman, Rose Stetten, who
said her home until recently was at
2041 Pierce av., Chicago, also ap
peared against Klee.
o o .
Woodlawn Business Men's Ass'n
to assist $oor of own district.