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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 04, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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the common brotherhood of all men
to. the end that all war and violence
shall cease. T. H. C.
A WAITER'S EXPERIENCE. I do
not -prof eBS to know-it.aU. What I do
know has been learned m the school
of hard knocks. I have traveled
from Maine to California and from
Alaska to Florida. I have ridden on
top and underneath. I have worked
in the best hotels and clubs in the
land and in the dirtiest stew houses,
serving stew for ten cents today to
the working class, who produce all
and have nothing, tomorrow serving
wine suppers to the other class who
produce nothing and have all the
class that force the daughters of the
working class to sell their sex that
they may eat.
The Chicago Vice Commission tells
us that 40 per cent of the prostitutes
are forced into the life by low wages
by the class that force the sons of
the working class to steal that they
may eat
In New York I have worked 16
hours a day. Thousands were walk
ing the streets looking for a job. I
was forced to work longer than a
mule. Four men were forced to
starve or steal that a parasite may
live in luxury and debauchery.
I have no grudge against the cap
italist class they stick together in
spite of race, color and religion.
When picketing in. San Francisco 1
noticed that restaurants that were
unfair to labor were patronized by
white slaves, tin-horn I gamblers and
the underpaid girls who worked in
department stores. The girls were
forced to eat there by their masters;
the others eat there to prolong the
system, for they realize that when
the capitalist system falls they also
fall.
I have a grudge against my own
cslass the working class the only
class that has a right to live. They
close their eyes and call it right.
They grope around in rays of light.
Would they but understand that the
injury to one worker is the concern
of all. Would they but understand
that economic power if organized.
The upper class are 10 per cent.
Why let them make our laws, tell us
how long to work, etc.? Workers!
Educate yourselves. Think for your
selves. Do not let some cheap poli
tician or some editor that prostitutes
his intelligence in the interest of the
master class think for you.
Remember that if a politician could
be sincere and could really lead you
out of the wilderness one with a sub
tler tongue would lead you back
again. If you think for yourselves
you will join the union of your craft
and will educate your fellow workers
to do likewise. Then, and then only,
can you break the shackles that bind
you. You can't weave cloth with bay
onets or spin yarn yith a copperas
club. When you fold your arms and
refuse to feed or clothe the brutes
that club your fellow workers on the
head when they dare to demand a
living wage, those parasites that now
serve the master class so faithfully
will be able to render greater service
to society by working for the city
sewerage department.
When you have learned your power
injunctions will not be worth the
paper on which they are written, for
a judge must eat so must your
master. Help to make The Day Book,
the paper of the workirig class. It is
the only paper that is helping to edu
cate the workers in this city. It
should be read by every worker,
Thos. J. Ryan, 620 N. Dearborn st.
THE LITERACY TEST. Regard
ing the proposed literacy test which
Pres. Wilson has seen fit to veto and
which the labor organizations are ad
vocating, only a person not conver-,
sant with labor conditions as they
now exist would hesitate to endorse
the stand taken by labor unions on
this question. However, we should
make it a matter of inquiry why one
of the most sparsely-settled countries
in the world like the United Statv j

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