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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Lawson Disturbed. Vic Lawson,
owner of the Daily News, is evidently
very much disturbed at the thought
of autobuses to compete with the rot
ten street railway service in Chicago.
One might judge from that that the
autobus is something the street rail
way magnates are really afraid of.
I wonder if Lawson owns stock in
any of the public service corporations
doing business in Chicago.
Or is it merely the advertising of
the Marshall Field store. The Mar
shall Field estate, you know, is one of
the big owners of the street railway
system, Commonwealth Edison, Chi
cago Telephone, etc.
What Shall They Do? What do
those who have jobs want those who
haven't got jobs to do?
Practically all of the jobless are
willing and anxious to work. They
are not asking charity. They don't
want charity. They want work. They
want a chance to earn the food they
must eat if they are to live.
Among the jobless and hungry are
many good workmen who not long
ago were earning a living. They are
not bums. They are not tramps.
They are not beggars. Some were
clerks; some were skilled mechanics;
some may have been small business
men; others were common laborers.
They seek for work and can't find
it They ask for jobs and can't get
them. The city appoints a commis
sion to investigate unemployment;
but it doesn't find work for the job
less. Newspaper editors write about it;
but still it doesn't bring work for the
unemployed. It doesn't stop the
pangs of hunger. It doesn't provide
food, clothing and shelter from the
What shall the unemployed do?
Wait? They have waited. They are
still waiting. But the jobs don't
They have tried" everything they
could think of, and without avail.
Then they got together in a meeting.
They started to parade to advertise
their pitiable condition. Maybe they
read in the papers that it pays to ad
vertise. But it didn't pay them. They
thought it might help those who had
jobs to realize the condition of those
who had not, if they would parade
the streets and let the Haves see the
They carried banners. On one was
a part of the Lord's prayer: "Give us
this day our daily bread." They were
jobless; they were hungry, yet they
were willing to work. But the police
wouldn't let them parade. They
wouldn't let them advertise in the
only effective way they had to ad
vertise. They asked for work, for
bread and they got policemen's bru
tality, policemen's clubs, policemen's
revolver shots then some of them
got into jail.
There is a lawless way by which
the jobless can get food. They can
violate the law and be locked up in
jail, where we, the state, will have
to feed them and keep them warm.
YOU and I and the rest of those who
have jobs will have to foot the jail
But why don't we provide for the
law-abiding and peaceful as well as
we provide for the lawless and vio
lent? Are we not encouraging crime?!
Won't we bring down upon our own
heads a terrible punishment for our
neglect of our human brothers and'
sisters. Are YOU not your brother's
There Is an abundance of food in
the land. Last year's crops were
bountiful. We are shipping millions
upon millions of bushels of food
stuffs abroad. And the food gam
blers are making us pay war prices
for what we keep at home. We are
making it harder and harder for even
those who have jobs to make both
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