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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 13, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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men, thereby preventing a good deal
of suffering and -wretchedness. Every
year there is a large army of xorkless
people. Still there are a few men who
get work, but they are only the ones
who are in good standing with polit
ics or the church. -
Theh, again, in the bigcompanies,
where there are thousands of em
ployes working, they will always lay
off a great deal of men as soon as
business drops a little, making the
rest of the employes work overtime,
sometimes till 10 or 11 o'clock, with
only 35 or 50 cents for supper as pay
ment for their labor. "Why can't they
keep their men and have shorter
hours, thereby giving every man a
chance.
Then there are firms who make
their men work long hours. Why
can't they let their men work 8 hours
a day and employ more men, thus giv
ing "the other man a chance."
If there were less unemployed peo
ple in Chicago I am sure that times
would be much better. Also if all the
money collected for charity really
went to the people who needed help
there might be less talk about char
ity but more help.
If there are any hints among these
facts that will hurt the readers I
beg their pardon, as I am one of the
citizens who are suffering from this
dreadful disease caused by this "rot
ten system" which exists in this city
and which, according to the papers,
the city is trying to wipe out, but I
have my doubts as to success as long
as politics is ruling the system.
Wishing you a happy new year,
from a reader who is not a politician.
Magnus Edwards, 4310 Thomas st.
SINGLE TAX LITERATURE
Editor Day Book A general desire
to study the question of taxation is
developing from the helpful discus
sion in the newspapers of the grand
jury indictments.
Probably some of your readers
would like to dip into the subject. We
have in mind an illuminating booklet
of only eleven pages by Prof. Lewis
Jerome Johnson of Harvard Univer
sity, "Taxation Blunders and Their
Remedy."
It can be read in one sitting. Frank
ly, it advocates the single tax, but
whether Prof. Johnson is right or
wrong his booklet will be found a
concise and clear analysis of what
makes "liars of us all."
If you feel it worth while to pub
lish this letter we shall be very glad
to send a copy of this booklet without
charge to any reader of The Day
Book, who will write for one and en
close a lc stamp to cover postage.
Or a copy can be had gratis by calling
at our office, 537 S. Dearborn st.
Stanley Bowman, manager The Public.
ABOUT PROSTITUTION
Editor Day Book As I am a con
stant reader of your Day Book that
you publish I am very much interest
ed in the question that is being writ
ten: Is there any solution to prob
lem of prostitution? If space will
permit it I would like for you to pub
lish the following:
God created this world and he made
man and woman, and if it were not
for man and woman there would not
be any world. Everybody seems to
think that prostitution is one of the
most absurd things there is, but I
want to say it is a pretty hard thing
to stop nature. That is a thing that
has been going on since the world
was created, and I think it would be
hard to stop it now. They have clos
ed up the districts and have driven
the prostitutes all over the city in
nearly every neighborhood and still
they are not satisfied.
They didn't want a district, so it's
a sure thing they must go scunewhere
to make their living. How can girls
live on the small wages they get?
They can't do it The most any com
mon, ordinary girl receives is $7 a
week, and I want to tell you over half
of the girls that are working at that
wages- are either soliciting after their
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