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transactions since that time I am re
sponsible. At the time when bids were put in
last year I had nothing whatever to
do with either John F. Higgins & Co.
or the G, D. Steere Bindery, and,
while a small stocflholder in the Re
gan Printing House, was neither an
officer nor director, and took no part
in directing its affairs, which were
handled by Mr. Regan. I did not even
know that it was bidding on the bind
ing of the council proceedings.
Summing up: I had no part in bid
ding on the job; did not do the work
after the contract was let; had no in
terest in the firm to which it was
sublet, and did not, directly or indi
rectly, receive, handle or get any part
of the money paid by the city for the
work. C. S. Peterson, Sec'y and
Treas. Regan Printing Co.
DEFINES RELIGION. Replying to
O. B. on the question, "What is Re
ligion," let me quote from "The Great
Work," by T. K., as follows:
"Religion is the application of the
facts of science, and the conclusions
of philosophy to individual life and
"Morality is the established har
monic relation which, man as an in
dividual intelligence sustains to the
constructive principle of nature.
"Superstition is unreasoning belief,
backed by fear, enforced by dogma
and intensified by persecution."
"Belief is conviction true or false,
rational or irrational, logical or illog
ical, warranted or unwarranted, and
with or without foundation in fact."
"Faith is the soul's intuitive convic
tion of that which both reason and
"A rational faith is based on mor
als, and the basis of morals is the
recognition of personal responsibility
under an enlightened conscience.
Hence a true faith is at one with eth
I agree with 0. B. that argument
over religion simply for the sake of
argument is generally a demonstra
tion of ignorance on tire part of the
participants, but, on the other hand,
argument or rather reasoning inquiry ?
backed by a pure heart and a sin
cere desire for knowledge is most
If there is anything that proves a
man's lack of religion it is quarreling
over religion. Can't we be educators '
without having to demonstrate our
"muscular Christianity," as seems to
be the rule of the present day?
L-. T. B. Thgil.
WHO IS TO BLAME? When I
saw the mounted police charge into
the mass of, strikers I asked myself
in all sincerity, who is to blame?
This is not the first time it has hap
pened. Tactics like these prevail in
all strikes and always will until we
stop it The only ones I can blame
are the voters, and of these the work
ers are in the great majority. We
saw what happened in 1912 under a
Democratic administration. Then
we elected "Big Biz" Thompson on
the Republican ticket. With one eye
shut you can see what is happening
Now, don't say that Thompson
settled the street car strike. Where
would we be if Kennedy and Rodri
guez had not been in the city coun
cil? If Thompson was so all-powerful
as to settle the street car strike
and better the conditions of the street
car men, why does he not tell the
clothing manufacturers where to get
Just as long as we vote the way we
do will we have these Cossacks. We,
the voters, are to bame. Why not
get our eyes opened, instead of blam
ing capitalism, and then turn right
around and vote for it?
Don't you think these policemen
would act differently if Seymour
Sfedman were our mayor? Then
why In the name of common sense
didn't you elect him? Do you think
the police would beat you up and
then throw you into vermin-infested
cells if Barney Berlyn were chief of