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We haven't the slightest objection
to side-whiskers, galways, sluggers,
facial fire-escapes or whatever you
want to call 'em. In fact, we are will
ing to admit that to anybody that
likes that sort of thing the Redfield
facial foliage is a work of art, a thing
of beauty and a Joy forever.
But it would be too bad if our fed
eral government is to be judged by
those lovely whiskers.
The only useful purpose we can
figure out for them just now is for
the weather prophet to order a west
wind and for the secretary to unfurl
'em to their full length and sail wing-
and-wmg for Washington, D. C.
THE PUBLIC FORUM
DISASTER AND EXTRAVAGANCE
It is wonderful how the powers that
be at once become liberal and ex
travagant when the community is
stricken by some great calamity due
to their own greed and mercenari
ness. Investigators multiply as in
sects in the month of August Priests
and preachers deliver "conditional
absolution'' and funeral sermons for
the asking and even less. Mercenary
newspapers open their columns for
public subscriptions for the needy
ones. The telegraph wires are kept
ourning wiin telegrams 01 sympatny.
Labor-skinning capitalists give thou
sands of dollars to those in need. All
kinds of laws and regulations are
promised. Every one seems to be
anxious to ease his guilty conscience.
Or is it to allay the spirit of revolt
and discontent, which the rule oi
greed and graft otherwise might caH
into action. T. J.
ANSWERING "A CHRISTIAN."
In your issue of July 26 "A Christian"
anarchist suggests that we abandon
all naval and military forces, abolish
our police and fire departments, and
necessarily our courts of law, prisons,
lunatic asylums, trade unions, news
papers, civic bodies, etc., etc., and
leave everything to his God.
Surely, Mr. Editor, he is only try
ing to be facetious or else he desires
to rip his own argument up the back
above some other nom de plume, for
only a rabid fanatic could be serious
in making such suggestions.
Just try to Imagine the spectacle of
a crowd of people watching, the strug
gles of the dear little children and
the women that were on the Eastland
and leaving the rescue business to
God, without trying td assist them to
Or let us disband our trade unions
and trust in God to influence the boss
es to give us slaves something be
sides a crust of wormy bread and a
straw bed in a cattle pen. How beau
'tlful this world would be!
But there, the article written by "A
Christian" could not be taken nor
given seriously, so why waste time
trying to answer it?
If "A Christian" really is serious I
would suggest that he organize a
passive resistance society, with head
quarters somewhere around Dunning
or Kankakee, where he may win some
As one of his ignoramuses I would
advise "A Christian" to come down
to earth and discover that "God helps
those that help themselves." John
ACCESS TO SOURCE. Girls are
made to buy tickets to a cranky boat
or be discharged. How would single
tax remedy this, is asked.
If all subsistence were gotten from
the lake, access to the lake would
give all jobs. If the "poor" could live
on leaves, access to the forests would
remedy hunger. The land is the
source of all things needed, but it is
held away from labor just because it
is needed. Single tax will release it,
because it commands a price only as
it may yield rent As vacant land
yields no rent, no one would pay an.
increased tax and would abandon it.
Labor would then have opportunity.
This is all so simple we cannot help
wondering what kind of minds are