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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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LETTERS TO EDITOR
A WAITER'S OPINION ON
MASTERS AND SLAVES
Editor Day Book A union man
gave me a copy of the Exam
iner and asked me what I thought of
the Examiner's editorial on the one
o'clock closing law. Now I despise
the union man that buys a trust
newspaper and despise those who ad
vocate petty larceny reforms.
I am "a waiter; my occupation
brings me into contact with two dis
tinct classes, viz., master and slave
class. The former producing noth
ing, living on the fat of the land; the
latter producing all and starving. Un
like a good many of my fellow work
ers, who try to imitate their masters
by selling the sex of some underpaid
working girl, I have thrown in my lot
with the working class.
I have worked in almost every
dance hall in the city of Chicago, but
have never seen anything that would
shock anybody's modesty. I have
seen orgies in the clubs of the idle
rich that would make Billy Sunday
wail and gnash his teeth.
The editor of the Examiner who
prostitutes his intelligence in the in
terest of the master class was silent
during the waitresses' strike; they
wanted a living wage. The churches
were silent. Waiters are paying $3 a
week in almost every cabaret in the
city of Chicago for the privilege of
working, yet the Examiner is silent,
so are all the other trust rags that
working men patronize.
I have worked from coast to coast,
have come into contact with those
women of the underworld in cabarets
in New York, Chicago, Denver, San
Francisco and Seattle, and their tale
of woe is not the dance hall, but low
wages, long hours, unemployment.
They are forced into the life by the
so-called followers of the lowly Naza
rene, viz., the Fields, Hearsts, Rocke
fellers and the hirelings who chloro
form the minds of the workers by ad
vocating petty larceny reforms.
The waitresses who dared to'de-a
mand a living wage were called
street-walkers" by Funkhouser of the
morals squad. Why? Because he
knows that if girls get a living wage,
it's good bye job.
Now until the working class forget
the war in Europe and confine their
attention to the war that is raging
right here, millions out of employ
ment, thousands starving, the sons of
the only class that has a right to live
forced to beg or steal and the daugh
ters of the same class forced either to
sell their sex or commit suicide, re
forms will amount to naught. When
they think for themselves and organ
ize the hours will be shortened and
the wages increased, and they will
need no Christian Endeavor advocate
to legislate a code of morals for
them.
I am not writing this to favor the
liquor interests. As I stated, wait
ers have to pay in the majority of
cabarets for the privilege of holding
a job. Of course those men, at least
the majority of them, live off of a
woman. This thing will go on until
such time as the working class de
mand the union button and union
waiters demand a living wage. So if
you1 don't want a pimp to wait on
you, demand the union button.
In conclusion don't stand for any
more of Hearst's bunk. Patronize
The Day Book, the only paper that is
fair to the working class. Let Willie
sell his rag to the interests that he Is
so faithfully serving. If you do this
prostitution, child labor and the other
curses 6f capitalism will cease and
the Kingdom of Christ will be estab
lished on this earth. Thos. J. Ryan,
167 N. La Salle st
"HERE'S TO PATSY"
Editor Day Book Here's to you,
Patsy Brannigan. You talk like a
Man. Don't worry about the few that
do not, will not, or can not under
stand we of your school.
And here's "A Merry Christmas to
you, brother." If you have nothi"3
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