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lawbreaker, or to be condemned as
a criminal? Ed Norton Monroe.
An editorial in -The Day Book says
that arbitration instead of strikes to
settle wage scales cannot be made
compulsory by law because that
would take away from the working
man his rights of freedom.
I don't know what the trust press
dope was about the desired law be
cause I never take any any more. I
haven't money and time enough.
It may seem that a compulsory ar
bitration law would take away the
freedom from the working men, but
the cars should run, the lights should
be ready when evening comes, the
gas, water, etc., should be available
When needed. These utilities are ne
cessities and useful conveniences
needed by the public every day;
hence strikes to settle wage scales
are not only crude, but unjust.
As it is, it seems that school men
would be best adapted as members of
arbitration boards representing em
ployes because they would bring into
play voice and brains which would
not be overlooked by employers
whose children are educated in their
Why not have an arbitration board
elected at prevailing elections?
The second paragraph of Mr. M. H.
B.'s letter in July 2 Day Book is
either a misprint or he did not read
my letter correctly. I hope with him
for a good result of the carmen arbi
tration. We must bear in mind that
the evolution of man should and must
progress in the direction of using
mental intelligence instead of force
to settle differences, private, munici
pal, national and international.
Strikes are too much like brute force.
It certainly causes brutalities; arbi
tration developes mental intelligence
more and more and therefore is a
useful practice, as well as of imme
The public schools should provide
more training of practical mind so
1 that the working class could compete
more successfully by thinking stuff
and jawstuff with their employers.
N. E. L.
THE "CANNON OLIGARCHY."
The last issue of the "official organ"
of the Catholic Order of Foresters
contains a report of the proceedings
of the Illinois state court. Among ,
other things I read where Thomas H.
Cannon, for 21 years the executive
head and a candidate for another
term, was elected chairman of the
committee to select the delegates to
the international convention, in
which he will be a candidate for a
Will the "rank and file," after read
ing the "hand-picked" delegates, say
how many of them will dare oppose
another term for the king? In the
same issue appears an official order
levying a quarterly special assess
ment of 25 cents on each member
(146,000 in all), amounting to $36,
500, or $146,000 annually. If the or
der has a reserve fund of $5,000,000,
and by denying direct representation
to the subordinate courts, which
would mean a convention of 1,800
delegates and a saving of $150,000 bi
ennially, why is a special assessment
'amounting to $292,000 bi-annually
levied on the membership? Does this
not look like "government without
the consent of the governed"?
If the "official organ" would only
reproduce this article in advance of
the international convention the
"rank and file" of the order might
awaken to the fact that while the or
der was founded and flourishes in
these United States it is bereft of
democratic ideas and without a re- .
publican form of government. In oth
er words, it is an absolute monarchy
as despotic as that of Russia.
B. H. J.
In treating a man for an uicer on
his tongue, Paris surgeons discover
ed that the X-rays used also cured