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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 06, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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THE PUBLIC FORUM
HEARST PAPERS. As a steady
reader of your little adless book, I
want to take the liberty of congrat
ulating you for your remarks in re
ference to people buying the Exam
iner and American since the memor
able strike of a few years ago. Are
we so soon forgotten when we are
gone? The Day Book through your
splendid management has proved to
be the friend of the poor people. The
Examiner and the American have
fooled the poor in making them be
lieve that they were. The newspaper
strike surely showed where they
stood, the enemy of the poorer
classes and the tool of the rich. The
Exam, and the American lost a great
slice in their circulation about that
time, but since then have recovered
somewhat, but at a great expense.
Offering of prizes for subscribers has
lured many back to reading these
papers again. Giving $50,000 in gold
owv houses and lots and other such
luring and valuable prizes has help
ed. Next thing they will resort to is
selling fish or peanuts to keep up
their greatly declining circulation.
The way of the transgressor is hard.
Mr. Editor, I admire you and your
book because you tell the truth, and
I will always be a booster along that
line. J. L.
T the price to rise and therein differing
with the famous political economists,
Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill and
Henry George, who have all proved
that the price would fall. F. Williams.
THAT FIVE PER CENT. The an
swer of C. J. F. to my two questions
is correct The five per cent tax on
groceries would cause the price to
, rise, while the five per cent tax on
! the vacant lots would lower the price
i of the lots.
I want to congratulate C. J. P. on
I his knowledge of the effects of tax-
I ation, as such knowledge is very rare
among men.
I have nut these two questions to
a hundred different persons (one of
them an editor) and 95 per cent have
answered the second question incor
rpftlv. statin e that the five Der cent
(tax on. the vacant lots would cause 1
STATE STREET VACATIONS.
In your issue of July 27 you comment
on the tight wads of State street and
recite that the three largest depart
ment stores "also give two weeks' va
cation with pay to all workers." If
such conditions did obtain surely the
millenium will have been reached. As
a matter of fact, several departments
know not what a vacation is unless
the worker takes same upon his or
her own time. Furthermore, if pay
is allowed it is only one week for six
months' service (and you are expect
ed to stay a "reasonable" time upon
your return), and two weeks alter
a connection of one year with the
Arm. The practice of the Field con
cern with the women workers inke
alteration room, the power maHb
operators, et aL, is to give the heWa
"vacation" for not only two weeks,
but for a month at a stretch on the
worker's time. How generous! To
a socialistic student it is questionable
whether any of the two-week vaca
tions with pay as allowed to some
wage-earners employed in State
street department stores benefits the
mind and body. The pace is so fast
for tie other fifty weeks in the year
the driving of the egotistical, if not
tyrannical boss is so incessant that
a let-up of only two weeks is of small
moment You never heard of one oi
these concerns taking on help to do
your work while you were on vaca
tion, and if another employe has to
act during your absence then you
must do another's work in connection
with your own when you return. If
the State street dep't stores were giv
en to song the latest ditty would be
entitled, "How We Give Our Em
iloyes. Two Weeks' Vacaion and Not
Cost Us a Cent" To be cure, Big
Business will tell in the foregoing

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