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Instead of owners of property get- T is given the horse laugh, and called ft
ting sori at the kids for discovering
these death traps and public danger
spots, they ought to thank them.
Allen Steven, 3325 N. Ridgeway Av.
WAR AND TDRiJNKENNESS. If
the struggling armies in Europe
could line up at some vast bar and
start to treat each other they might
in time drink themselves to death.
Then Chas. M. Schwab and J. P. Mor
gan would put on clean white coats
and aprons and start to serve the
rounds, and Kaiser Wilhelm and Tzar
Nick in their capacity as genial hosts
and pluggers would be saying: "No,
don't go yet, boys. Have another."
What a similarity there is between
the war and the liquor business.
Rounds of drinks stand very nicely
opposite rounds of ammunition. They
are mostly "gentlemen" concerned in
both cases, and "good fellowship"
and "courage" are each equally fool
ish. I am assuming that the "cour
age" idea is fully exploded. Both
drinking and war tend to react with
baneful effect upon the family and
quite thoroughly "break up the
Nor will but very few say a good
word openly about either industry,
but slyly there is talk in one case
of "money in circulation," "capital
invested," "labor employed," etc., and
in the other of "preparedness," and
soon we will openly hear on the
streets after the market for shells is
solidly established that it would be
a bad thing to forbid the business, be
cause "so many people would be out
War and drunkenness are both dis
astrous to the worker and profitable
to Schwab and Busch and the people
who sit in the seats of the mighty
and accept dividends on Bethlehem
Steel and brewing company stock.
Society acknowledges both and sets
its stamp of approval on both. The
worker, put into the proper condition
for drinking poverty always finds
tie -temptation at his elbow and then 1 curity,
fool because he does drinks as
they want him to, and because he
has been put into a condition pov
erty where he can't resist
And now comes war and prepar
edness. Again the worker is in the
proper condition poverty because
if he at home could buy the things
he makes capitalists would not want
outside markets and again the bait
is held out to him. Only now there
is no talk of foolishness, but only of
praise and of patriotism, "your coun
try needs you," eta, etc The sales
men of the system the clergy and
("the newspapers are again at work.
Let us not make too much beer nor
any shells. If that throws labor out
of employment let labor employ it
Self at making shoes or nice trim lit
tle cottages, and if eventually we find
that we have enough of shoes or trim
little cottages really enough, mind
you let us sit out is the back yards
of those said cottages and put said
shoes on the table and begin to get
The workingman is a fool to go to
war or be a drunkard, let us say. But
war and drunkenness come from pov
erty, says the Socialist Therefore
the workingman is a fool to be poor.
Poverty is the result of theft
Theft is the result of weakness.
Therefore the workingman is a
fool to be weak. Walter Sutherland.
DO YOU KNOW
A man recently drove his auto from
California to New York without an
accident and then ran into an eight
foot ditch eight miles from goal?
A New Jersey man, to save his
newly purchased sow a long walk
home, rode her home in his auto?
A man with a whooping cought in
Crane. Mo., can only be heard by peo
ple half a mile away or by animals?
Banks are reducing loan rates, but
the trouble for most of us still re
mains they continue to demand se-
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