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ner pail fuller than the Republican
The anti-slavery men of long ago
attacked the slave values with such
ferocity that slave owners rebelled
and sought to build a free republic.
Of course that was impossible. Con
tradictory propositons like that are
The danger confronting us now is
that the owners of land values will
get up a rebellion and seek to make
this republic as free as France was
before the revolution, or perhaps as
free as it was while Madame Guillo
There is nothing so dangerous to
society as meddling with the rights of
freemen who have the legal right to
get wealth without earning it.
The Forum editors should warn the
unsuspecting of this danger. Geo.
MOVIE CENSORSHIP. As a
reader of your paper and a frequent
attendant of the "movies," I should
like to pass a few remarks on our
board of censorship.
In the first place, I think the gen
eral public should have something to
say regarding the selection of such
a board. I certainly think the pres
ent board is mentally dwarfed and
unfit to tell any intelligent set of
"movie" goers what kind of pictures
they shall look at.
Last night I went to see "The
Lure," and it was so chopped up when
the censors (?) got through with it
that it would have been a mystery to
me had I not seem the play pre
viously. These censors show what kind of
judgment they are capable of exer
cising when they take the real story
out of a picture that would teach a
moral lesson and then allow children
to see those "Keystone Comedies"
with their continual bedroom scenes
and their lewd, filthy suggestions.
Mr. Funkhouser might have been
fitted for a public censor sixty years
ago, but at the present time we need
a man of science (why not a sociol
ogist?) for the job.
I am for a board of censorship that
knows the average person's idea of
morality and that will not make the
censorship of the pictures just a per
I think the general public knows
whqt it considers fit to be seen and I
think if the pictures were left alone
they would be better than they are
after Funkhouser and his "bunch"
gets through with them. I think many
of your readers will be with me in
this. I. B. H.
NOISE. I read in The Public
Forum some months ago a letter
from one of your contributors stat
ing that Roger Sullivan was a big
enough man to give Chicago her next
mayor, even though he failed to be
come a U. S. senator, or words to
that effect. Maybe he was big enough
at the time of the writer's prophesy,
but during the intervening months he
seems to have shriveled some. Polit
ical "big" men with "big" business
affiliations seldom grow bigger (mor
ally) while in office.
A few million dollars in the hands
of a less "big" man than Roger Sul
livan would probably have made just
as "big" a noise and could easily
have gotten the same results.
If a noisy noise annoys an oyster,
what kind of a noise annoys Sweit
zer? Lyndon M. Hall, Maywood.
THE END OF IT
Young Lawyer (having passed his
examination' Well, I'm glad it's
over. I've been working to death the
last few years trying to complete my
Old Lawyer. Cheer up, my boy;
it'll be a long time before you have
any more work to do.
Harry Rainsted, while clamming in
Belvidere, 111., found when he remov
ed some clams from his hooks, two
$10 bills which he had speared while
they were lying in the mud.
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