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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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HE PUBLIC FORUM
THE REASON. I see Frank Walsh
of the industrial commission says low
wagjes is the causeof a lot of trou
bl' among working people. This re
minds me of what Bernard Shaw
said a while ago: There is only one
iung the matter with the poor peo
ple and that is poverty." Righto.
And, there's no reason at all for pov
erty except lack of money. George
Whjmplerig.
"WARD'S CHRISTIANITY. Mr.
ftobert B. Ward, millionaire baker
aqd, incidentally the owner of the
Brooklyn Federal league ball team,
has, some queer ideas of Christianity.
In, the east in his role as a church
leader, he announces that even
though it was sacrificing money he
would not allow his ball team to play
oijj the Sabbath. However, Mr. Ward
is also the gent who led the fight to
raise the price of bread to 6 cents a
loaf. J. A. M.
EGOTISM. Your story of Mrs.
Chandler, the woman who shot her
self, reminds me of what Max Nor
dau said in his book, "The Lies of
Civilization":
'Egotism is a merit in the rich, a
crime in the poor."
Fortunes are made in the name of
egotism, or individualism; but they
are. defended in the name of altru
ism, or human solidarity.
"flie rich man enjoys his dispropor
tionate share of life's blessing of
whicli he has made himself master by
unblushing egotism, but when the
pocjr, man helps himself to them with
som .of the rich man's egotism and
unselfishness he is arrested.
In the form of ursury and specu
lation the unscrupulous furtherance
of, pelf-interest is allowable, but it is
strjLctly forbidden when it takes the
form of robbery and theft. The
same principle applied in that the
former is a nverif and in the later it
,ta crime. Human reason revolts
at such ideas. If egotism is to bo
preached, let it be consistent and as
sert its rights in all cases.
If it is right for the rich man to
luxuriate in a life of leisure because
he has been able to get possession of
land or to exploit and take advantage
of others, then it must be conceded
to be the right of the poor man to
strike him dead and take possession
of his property as the spoils of vic
tory if he has the courage and the
strength to undertake and carry
through such an undertaking. This
is logical.
Our abstract aim is egotism, "each
one for himself." The only other al
ternative is altruism, or fellowship
and solidarity "One for all, and all
for one." R. D. Lindley, 3855 Cot
tage Grove av.
NOT CHINA DOLLS. I am writ
ing to say that I agree with Mr. Wells
on the subject of straphanging. I am
a woman and though I am not mar
ried I do not work and I don't see why
I should sit down after being down
town all day and let a workingman
stand.
Women have rights as men, and
that is one of them. This talk about
women makes me sick. We are not
china dolls. Miss Isel Pierce, 2108 N.
Halsted st.
THEY AGREE. Co-operation for
the universal welfare of humanity is
one answer to the question put to
me by Mr. .F. Williams of what I
meant by brotherhood of man, and
for all of us to abide by the Golden
Rule is another.
When I say brotherhood of man I
simply repeat what many able writ
er and speakers have., repeated time
and again, and I judge their mean
ing to be the same as my own, a uni
versal fraternity.
It's simple when we know how to
go about it any old time. I agree
with Mr. Williams that we being chil
dren of the Creator make us all
brothers and sisters and .are there-

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