' THE PUBLIC FORUM
TAXATION. Robert J. King seems
i to think that a tax on land values
! will have the same effect as a tax on
I labor products, food, clothing and
' houses; that is, to raise prices.
Now here is where the single taxer
shows his knowledge of the greatest
of all questions, taxation, for he bold
ly asserts that, whilst a tax on food,
clothing, coal, oil or anything pro
duced by labor will raise the price, a
high tax on land values will have the
directly opposite effect and will lower
the price of land.
If any one doubts this let him con
sider what would happen to the price
of the 400,000 vacant lots in this city
if a 5 per cent tax was laid on them.
Would not the owners have to either
put the idle, starving unemployed to
work on them, putting them to use,
or else throw them on the market
for sale, for no one could pay a 5 per
cent annual tax and hold the land
idle. As a result thousands of lots
would be offered for sale and the
price would falL
I tell you, we working men will
have to realize the importance of the
land question before we can better
our condition very much, for the land
question underlies everything, and
everything we have or can have
comes from the land. F. Williams.
OWNERSHIP LEAGUE In your
paper of June 19 you had an article
at the head of which you ask, "Why
isn't now a good time to organize a
Public Ownership League?"
I would like to, ask why it should
be necessary, or, rather, why you
think it so, to go through all the time,
money and hard work it takes to
make up such an organization, when
you know the Socialists are organ
ized and working for that purpose?
I am a Socialist sympathizer, hav
ing read some of their literature ad
vocating municipal ownership, which
I am very much in favor of and there
fore think it would be much better to
support and help them In their ef
forts. Walter Schuth, 2710 S. Tripp.
TRUST PRESS SCRAPPY. Have
you noticed the Chicago Herald and
Hearst's American? Two "trust"
papers fighting among themselves.
Advertising business must be drop
ping off. We are thankful that we
have one paper in Chicago that con- fy,
siders "real" news more important
than advertisements. P. M. H., La
LABOR TROUBLES. After the
amount of labor strikes experienced
by different communities through
out the country only recently,
and after we note how these diffi
culties keep multiplying each year,
it must be agreed on that there is a
cause; that something is wrong. And
as the future indicates a great in
crease instead of a decrease of these
violent labor eruptions, it seems ab
solutely necessary that the great
American public for their general
welfare should seek a means of
avoiding and settling these disputes
between capital and labor.
A great many remedies are sug
gested by thinking people, but the
one remedy that is closest to hand
and seems best suited to present con
ditions is the establishment of the
much talked of court of arbitration in
each state, this court to be conduct
ed in a manner similar to that of the
law courts except with the total ab
sence of the practice of law therein.
By that is meant the disbarment of
professional lawyers and all the for
malities and technicalities of so-
called law. Let the parties of both
sides state their grievances in a plain an
unmistakable manner to the presid- "'
ing umpires or judges.
In chosing judges for 'those arbi
tration courts, the persons selected
should be efficient authorities on the
batterment of social and economic
conditions, who should be thorough
ly familiar with the conditions of the
struggling people at all times. And
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