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W. H.," '.however, goes on to say that
we. should not believe this item al
leged to appear in the above-mentioned
catalogue. I should like to
"ask "Why not?"
"N. W. H." also states further that
"after reading 'Patriot's' article one
is forced to conclude that there is an
awful lot on the subject that he does
not know." All right, "N. W. H.", we
take it that you know something in
regard to this question. To put us
right, why not come across with some
information? Undoubtedly an ex
planation as to why the word "awful'J
appears in your statement would also
help. "Another Patriot"
NO SUCH LAW. "Fruit Clerk"
asks if there is no law in this land'of
liberty to stop the condition of slav
ery that compels him to work 16
hours a day for $13 a week.
The ablest lawyers would not be
able to find such a law in Illinois.
Sympathetic and short-sighted men
and women are trying to get such
laws passed now. Some states already
have them. Labor unions have suc
ceeded in getting shorter hours and
better working conditions and high
er wages for a few workers. But all
these laws are nothing but statutory
restrictions and such arbitrary re
strictions as that are contrary to the
natural law. Hence they will fail to
accomplish their object A few of
'God's children will be benefited and
the great body of them will still suf
fer from bad conditions.
The natural law calls for. freedom,
equal freedom for every individual.
Under that law each would work as
desired for the products of labor
prompted. If much is desired the
hours would be long. If little the
hours would be short. All being"
equally free, work would be individu
al or co-operative, as seemed best to
the worker, and free co-operation
would give each the full results of
The evil conditions of today are
produced by restrictive laws, antago-
Inistic. to the natural law. Nature
gives wealth only to the worker.
Wealth comes from the earth. Mu- '
nicipal law makes the earth the prop
erty of the few, so the many are dis
inherited. Before wealth can be pro
duced a bargain must be made with
earth-owners. No one has a right
to live upon the earth until he pays
toll to the earth owner. As people
increase in numbers the toll increase
es. The reward of workers decreases
and the wealth of the toll takers increases-
Disease, crime, poverty,
wars, prisons and misery increase,
and big-hearted men and women
work desperately passing laws re
stricting the hours of labor, leaving
the toll takers to carry on their
work. Geo. V. Wells. .
BEWARE. Terrible Teddy Roose
velt is awakening from his coma and
about to start on his usual rampage.
He seems startled to find the affairs
of government running so smoothly
without him, especially since the car
nage abroad has seriously complicat
ed matters here. He finds that the
new currency act a commendable
achievement of Pres. Wilson's admin
istration and an exigency that he was
wilfully or negligently blind to, not
only forestalled a financial panic, but
averted, a serious monetary string
ency when the business of this coun
try was plunged into a chaotic state,
due to the hostilities abroad, and kept
things nearly normal right along.
He learns that the administration's
diplomacy, which was characterized
as ludicrous by him and some notable
foreign diplomats prior to the incep
tion of the European war, has kept
this country aloof from entangle
ments that would embroil this coun
try in the wholesale conflagration. He
sees America's position envied. And
yet he is bored. He abhors the word
peace. He rises contemptuously and
assails the women's peace propa
ganda to be held at The Hague. CaJIs
it "silly" and "base." Intimates that
a man that accepts peace at any cost
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