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Tomen. But I find a good many re
spectable girls of the middle class go
to cafes and cabarets and sip two or
three highballs of an evening. So I
say, next let ub stop the 'unscrupulous
sale of booze as well as dope.
MARRIAGE COST. In The Day
Book of March 4 there appeared a
letter written by me entitled "Mar
riage Cost," which was in effect to
advise the financially unfit to refrain
from marriage. Mr. J. Weiler in the
issue of March 13, commenting there
on, says of all pseudo remedies for
poverty this one is the poorest. And
viewed from a standpoint of justice
and human rights it is the very poor
est Then why advocate it? Be
cause it is the only way in which the
poverty-stricken can better their con
dition right here and now.
Mr. Weiler says thejr should find
out the cause of their lowly condition
and endeavor to remove same. What
good would it do the worker if he
did find out the reason for his pov
erty by reading Henry George? The
majority of low-wage men, by the
fact of them being foreign born or for
other causes, are voteless, and even
if they were convinced that single tax
was a remedy for poverty what could
they do to advance it?
The worker of today is living under
a system which he cannot eliminate
or control, and living under that sys
tem and knowing the miseries and
want thereof, is it 0. K. for him to
marry and multipl? I think it is not,
and what justification can be offered
for parents who bring children into
the world amidst an atmosphere of
dirt, degradation and disease?
Take a typical example of low
wage slavery, say two laborers at the
same plant, each getting $12 a week,
the one single and the other married.
The single man is poor, but has just
enough to live on, and when he dies
no one suffers and whatever evil he
has done dies with him. Now look
at the condition of bis married broth
er. He has a wife and say four chil
dren to clothe and feed out of his $12.
Living, as he does, in an evil-smelling
city slum, his children are sub
normal and lack vitality, and very
seldom can he give them as much as
a fighting chance in the battle of life.
If that isn't a groundhog case of a
worker increasing and intensifying
poverty under the present lack-of-human
rights system then nothing is.
And, worst of all, it perpetuates pov
erty, for within 14 years or so from
the birth of the first child that child,
too, will be lined up, hat in hand, beg
ging for a chance to go to work so
that he can rise to $12 per, get mar
ried and reproduce more cheap labor.
Mr. Weiler's inquiry as to what
would have been said of Abe Lincoln
and others had they tried to settle
the question of slavery by advising
the slaves to bear no offspring is very
easily answered. Congress would
have ordered Abe to be given the san
ity test. The slave was simply a work
animal on his owner's plantation and
his master saw to it that his slaves
multiplied and replenished his bank
roll in much the same way as he at
tended to the reproduction of cows
and horses. William Burton, Apex,
WRONG SIGNAL In your issue
of March 27 I notice a Chicagogram
which reads: "If a green flag on the
tail end of a train indicates that an
other one is cominig, look innocent
when you see such a flag on a baby
Your "railroad wires are crossed."
A green flag on the rear of a train Is
merely a marker. It is when a pair
of green flags are displayed on the
front end of a train that they indi
cate that another is coming. Yours
for accuracy. Switchman.
THEY SURE DO
Mamma Don't you think our girls
make a fine showing?
Papa Well, they surely outstrip
every one iere. life.