the significance thereof, since the
state recognizes Christmas and he
I have dwelt on his communica
tion not quite as lengthy as himself,
but his idle prattle is so full of arbi
trary and ridiculous statements that
it quite does a confessed narrow
minded bigot justice- Mike Rafferty.
RETROSPECTION. The street
car wagearbitration presents to one
trained in the old school of economics
elements that in their contemplation
are staggering! Actually men have
assembled together in solemn judg
ment upon the question of the differ
ences between fair wages and living
wages! As well try to sit in judg
ment on the law of gravitation ! Isn't
it a fact as fixed as natural law that
the price of every article of com
merce is determined by the ancient
and respectable law of supply and de
mand, and doesn't competition be
tween those who supply have effect of
reducing the price to the cost of pro
duction? And doesn't the laborer,.
in selling his labor in competition,
realize it's full price? And men in
this twentieth century are assuming
the collosal gall to try to monkey
with this law! As well attempt to
help the sun to rise!
When I was young people seemed
to have more sense and this law
worked as smooth as oil in those
days. When one of m7 factory
hands wanted more money we told
him that we couldn't give it to him.
If he wasn't satisfied he quit and we
advertised (or whistled) for another.
Of course, after awhile the men be
gan to form into unions, but that was
all right We could deal with one
man who represented them all. It
was more convenient all around. If
they struck we availed ourselves of
the law of supply and demand by fill
ing their ranks with honest men in
need of work in other places.
The principle of supply and de
mand remained the same. But now
what appears? The captains of in
dustry are no longer able to mobilize
their reserve army. The men quit.
They had a right to quit. But so had
the company a right to hire others.
But public opinion says that they
must not make motormen out of bur
glars. Haven't they a right to work?
Can't anybody go into the street car
business who wants to? What is the
matter with the law of supply and
Well, I can't write any more. My
eyes are getting dim lately, and my
hand shakes a little when I write.
Yours for free trade.
Moral. Why grow old when you
can get Oslerized? A. E. Massey,
2450 Indiana av.
ANSWER TO GERALDINE, ZITA
AND MAXINE. I felt very sad when
I read the criticism on Miss Kate
Adams and the new law she spon
sored. I first met Miss Adams five
years ago, when I was an inmate of
the Everleigh club, in the South Side
district. Since that time she has been
untiring in her efforts to get me to
abandon my life as a prostitute. I
have finally done so.
Any one knowing Miss Adams per
sonally knows that she is a sincere
friend of the prostitute, and her first
and foremost desire is to help, not
to hound them. Her life has been
one of self-sacrifice, void of prac
tically all the luxuries of life.
I cannot agree with the writer, who
says that because there has always
been vice there always will be. That
is not the law of the universe. We
are forever changing and because a
problem is ancient should we be con
tent to let it remain unsolved? Should
we not, for the good of humanity,
do everything we can to suppress the
evil, which is the destructive and de
vouring enemy of mankind?
I am sure that if these young wom
en will view this problem sanely and
seriously, and not be influenced by
any selfish notion, they will come to
the same conclusion as Miss Adams,
"Desperate situations need desperate
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