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ing the underpaid, very valuable em
ployes of Uncle Sam, the man they
are making possible to live and be the
only capitalist we want.
In a hasty letter I wrote recently,
which was printed -in, 'the Day Book,
I forgot an important point and I
state it here.
I was showing the bunk in "pros
perity" when railroads got their raise
in rates. Some are now asking for
a raise even in passenger rates the
dirty thieves and may get it, too.
Now then, let me show you an op
tical illusion. When the I. C. hires
a hundred men in Springfield and
gives them track work; when the "Q"
puts 100 men at work in the shops
at Des Moines; when the Pennsy
gives employment to 100 men in
Pittsburgh; when the Erie adds 100
men to its force in Buffalo, the news
papers hear of it and the accumula
tion of jobs for men who have been
jobless "absolutely proves" that pros
perity is on the way. Men who had
no work for months are being em
ployed at good wages.
But they have been spending their
savings; they are now being part
employed beginning to pay higher
money for what the consumer, the
workingman, uses. Even when they
are out of work they, or some one,
was paying for their food and cloth
ing and shelter, such as it was. But
I don't count this at all.
In Chicago there was a meeting of
the directors of a wholesale clothing
house that employs 8,000 men. The
secretary reported that they were
suddenly confronted by an uncalcu
lated expense of $45,000 a year in in
creased freight rates by the advance
given the railroads by the interstate
It was the concensus of opinion
that 1,000 tailors should be laid off
and the other 7,000 speeded up to
.care for the loss in labor efficiency.
ulYou never saw that in the news
papers! That would have been the
'discovery of nature's great law of
compensation. B u n k.
To Aristocrat, who talks of pre
senting the working man with an
iron cross for his labor (just think
otit), tell Aristocrat not to forget the
unusual symbol of merit the dou
ble cross. Bunk.
WHAT BOOZE DID FOR ME. My
paternal grandfather was a heavy (f
drinker, his family consisting of four
sons and one daughter. The three
older sons followed in the footsteps
of their father and though each was
talented in his particular line, one a
taxidermist, one a landscape garden
er and another a mechanical engineer
and successful business man, these
three were all religious, but became
incurable drunkards before they were
30 and died in middle age of the over
use of alcohol. My father, the young
est, though also a heavy drinker at
22, then met a young woman whose
influence caused him to become a
strict teetotaler for the remaining 50
years of his life, and the example of
"hereditary taint of drunkenness in
the family," as taught by my mother,
caused the six brothers and sisters
to be reared as strict teetotalers and,
there being no religious belief in the
family; this successful result was ob
tained by my mother through prac
tical drill and the inculcation of the
habit of sobriety and abstemiousness.
I think you will agree with me that
it is a matter of some interest "What
booze did for me" and our rationalist
family, for the booze was kept en
tirely in the last generation and we
have found that other rationalist
families have secured equally gratify
ing results by not introducing any
form of mysticism to enforce a mat- M
ter of practical diet and common .
sense, a matter entirely separated - '
from theory or theology. A. Worth-
ington, 7140 Normal av. .
He Once lor all, I demand to -
know who is master in this house.
She You'll be happier if you .
don't find out Philadelphia Ledgers