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ernment remiss in the discharge of
their sworn duty?
Are the people themselves too in
different to bring about a change of
affairs through the ballot box?
Or, are we waiting for some ca
tastrophe to' teach us that we must
respect the rights of our fellow man
and not deprive him of the opportu
nity to make for himself a decent liv
ing? G. A. Wolter. 518 N. May st.
THE DANGER OF PENSIONS.
Under a revenue system that would
leave labor and capital free from
taxes and restrictions there would be
possible a pension system that would
provide for the maintenance of
every unfortunate human being,
without pauperizing the afflicted ones
and without increasing the already
heavy burden of public debts. These
are now so large that payment is al
most impossble and they are con
stantly increasing in volume.
The time will come, unless there is
a change in revenue systems that
repudiation of these debts will be the'
only avenue of relief. Public reve
nues now come mainly from taxes
that decrease the earnings of labor
and increase the profits of monopoly.
Labor and capital bear the burden of
pensions as well as the burden of all
other public expenses, and to in
crease these burdens under the pres
ent system of taxation is to decrease
wages, to discourage capital and to
make general economic conditions
worse for the masses of mankind
than they are now.
If enterprise shall be set free, if
labor shall be freed from its burdens,
if capital shall be encouraged by its
emancipation from tolls, then the
public revenue will be ample for all
public purposes, including pensions
for all who may need them.
This condition of freedom can be
reached by taxing monopoly only for
revenue purposes and abolishing tax
ation upon everything else. The
basic and primary monopoly is the
monopoly of the earth and its nat-1
ural resources. This is the just and
natural source of public revenue.
Workingmen should devote their en
ergies to getting this fundamental re
form. When that is adopted other
reforms will be obvious and easy and
effective. Without it danger lurks in
every change. Geo. V. Wells.
AMUSEMENT PARKS. Is there
any law to protect the American citi
zen from being held up in our amuse
ment parks by unscrupulous dealers?
I witnessed in Riverview park last
Saturday one of the most daring at
tempts to hold up a respectable citi
zen by way of prohibitive and extor
tionate prices I ever heard of. The
dealer in question was selling lemons
off a stand about one block from the
main entrance inside the park and
tried to compel a gentleman to pay
him 20 cents for a lemon (the whole
sale price of which is about 7 cents
per dozen), just because he had cut
the precious article for him. Ten
cents was tendered in payment with
a suggestion to bring an officer who
would settle the dispute. Instead all
the vendors of the neighboring stands
gathered around and the man threat
ened if he did not pay the price de
manded. They insulted him in their
own ignorant manner in every way
possible to provoke a row in order
that a dozen or more of those un
scrupulous sharks could pile on and
beat the man up.
Now there should be some system
of protecting visitors to the parks
from the violence of these thugs. Just
because a person will not pay the ex
tortionate price demanded is no rea
son why he should be held up to
abuse and his life threatened.
Vendors should be compelled to
have their merchandise marked with
the price demanded. A. M.
BETTER TREATMENT WANTED.
Why it is that a white man can go
into a moving picture show and pay
a dime while right behind him a col
ored person enters and has to pay