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LETTERS TO EDITOR
' HISTORY -In 1893 Chicago had
its array of the unemployed, just as
at present- There was much discus
sion, etc., but the army -gradually dis
banded as times improved. Now we
have the same kind of condition,
about the same kind of discussion
and, I suppose, the general results
will be about the same as in the years
One thing, however, may be of in
terest, and that is the now-forgotten
wave of land speculation which
swept over Chicago before 1893, cul
minating in prices which, even at this
late day, seem ridiculously high.
After the boom land prices dropped
as much as 100 per cent All this is
a .matter of history.
In the 22 years which have elapsed
since 1893 land prices have advanced
enormously, in many cases thou
ands of per cent Now the question
is, who pays the bill?
Who has paid it in the past? Will
the industries of the country be able
to run profitably and still bear the
burden of enormous rents, high
prices for raw material and excessive
taxation? How can we expect the
cost of living to go down while the
cost of the earth, the source of our
living, is continually going up?
Raise the price of land high enough
and the entire population would be
thrown out of work, as beyond a cer
tain point all industry must come to
a standstill. J. Weiler, 1229 Mace
ADULTERATION OF POLITICAL
NEWS. There is no leading daily
paper except The. Day Book which
makes any attempt to draw a clear
line of distinction between its news
reports and its editorial commentary.
To the Democratic editors there nev
er have been any outrages in the
Democratic party. To the Republic
can editor Democratic outrages seem
to be their favorite amusement
If the editor sends a reporter to-'
discover the real state of the case he
invariably finds that the f aots are ex- , -actly
such as would sustain his
chief's editorial view.
Every public man who makes him-i
self conspicuous on the opposite side . -is
described as a driveling idiot or a W
The Republican reporter never
meets or converses with any one who
does not look for a "rousing victory"
for the Republicans.
The Democratic reporter never
meets or converses with anybody
who does not look for the same thing
for the Democrats.
No foreigners would infer, from
reading the newspapers on both sides
during a political campaign, that
there was any body of persons who
cared to know the exact truth about
the political phenomena of the day.
With regard to events which have
no especial bearing of politics the
newspaper discharges the function
of newsgathering fairly enough, and
are written with a fair desire to tell
the truth. Walter R. McDonough,
6548 Greenwood av.
CONCERNING BOXING. One of
your correspondents, who signs him
self "Wells," has called attention to
a boxing bill about to be presented
to the legislature. He shows a lim
ited knowledge of the subject he at
tempts to discuss.
He claimed that various hard
working factory girls, etc., would be
taxed to pay the $5,000 salary of .the
The facts of the case are these: w
In the first place, all expenses of
the commission are paid from a tax
levied on the receipts of the boxing
contests, so the state -will not be
called upon to contribute a cent
There are a great many "brutes'
like myself who enjoy seeing a box
ing bout or a prizefight whichever
you choose to call it but who would
like a few legal safeguards to in
sure against faking or various kinds.