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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 13, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Safety First. What a great relief
it must be to a soldier who has gone
to war to fight, bleed and die for his
country to be captured by the enemy.
- His life is no longer in danger; he
gets all he wants to eat and a place
to sleep where the shrapnel and bul
lets don't threaten.
Of course, there isn't much glory
in being a prisoner of war. Out on
the battle front a man can swap a
leg, an arm, a lung or his life for
whole gobs of glory, but the prisoner
of war will go back home after it's
all over and live happily ever after.
If the privates in those warring ar
mies knew what was good for them
they would hurry up and surrender
and the joke would be on the other
fellows who captured them.
There is nothing heroic about be
ing a prisoner of war, but it has
many advantages over being a hero.
The poet said that a hero's fate was
"A dose of cold lead shot into his
head,
And his name spelled wrong in
the papers."
Uncle Sam's War Tax. Last year
Uncle Sam had a bonanza wheat
crop. We raised enough for all our
people, and to spare. If the law, of
supply and demand were given play
only in this country, wheat, flour and
bread would be cheap. But there is
a big war in Europe. . Thousands
upon thousands of farmers in various
war-stricken countries have left the
fertile fields and gone to war with
guns to reap a harvest of death.
So there is a demand for wheat
and flour from OUR country, where
the farmers are not at war. And this
European demand has sent the price
ef wheat, and along with it the price
of flour, soaring out of sight. Al
ready there is talk of a smaller loaf
of bread, or a rise in the price. They
are talking now a 6-cent loaf. We J
are even advised to eat stale bread,,
so as to save the waste.
What it really means, however, is
that because of the European war
we Americans will have to submit to
a war tax on bread.
Simply because Europe will pay
more for our wheat we must pay
more. We must meet the European
countries in the open market of the
world and compete with them, for the
wheat raised in this- country.
And thousands upon thousands of
our own people will starve because
they can't get work and can't buy
bread.
The farmers who raised the wheat
won't get much of the increase. Much
of the wheat has passed from their
hands. The middlemen will get the
increase, the war tax along with
the grain gamblers.
Any way you figure it out, the
working classes of this country and
the rest of the world get the worst
of it
What fools these mortals be. !
jLETTERS TO EDITOR
THE JOBLESS PROBLEM
Editor Day Book May I ask for a
space in your paper in which to printi
a few reflections which I have seen,
in several newspapers concerning
"charity."
There was a great deal of cohh
ment about the good deeds' that were
done toward poor people about Xmaa
time. In reality, how much does it
amount to when the bottom is
reached. Apparently nothing; not
even worth the paper upon which it is
printed.
I have seen in the papers that our
worthy mayor and councilmen have
stuck their heads together and dis-
cussed some way of giving workless
laborers work, but it apparently
amounted to nothings for if they had
been sincere about it why then didn't
they stop to discuss the topic last
summer, so that when winter came
they could give, work to some of the;
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