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only the names of the renowned and
great. Walton Walker, 1941 N. Mo
ROBBING CAPITAL Quite fre
quently there appears in The Public
Forum articles by Qeo V. Wells and
C. F, Hunt, men whcfno doubt are
working for a better system of so
city for the human family. Mr. Wells
in closing one article, says: "Earth
owners are robbing labor and capital
now." I would like for him to ex
plain how capital can be robbed.
Adam Smith calls capital "stock."
Capital is but another name for
wealth. In a country without in
habitants there would be no wealth.
Land is not wealth. To produce
wealth you must have land and hu
man beings. Capital, or wealth, is
any tools, machinery or other stores
used in the production of wealth, or
it is any food, fuel, shelter or cloth
ing supplied to those engaged in pro
ducing wealth or 'capital.
A loom is capital. Is it true to say
that the loom makes the cloth? It
is the weaver who weaves the cloth.
He uses the loom, and the loom was
made by the miner, the smith, the
joiner and the engineer. There are
wood and Iron and brass in the loom.
But you would not say that the cloth
was produced by the iron mine. Now
how can the loom (capital) be rob
bed? What folly it is to say that
capital produces wealth. Capital is
used by labor in the production of
wealth, but capital itself is incapable
of motion and can produce nothing.
And how can a thing which of itself,
can produce nothing be robbed?
Every Socialist concedes the fact
that the landowner, but not the user,
is a useless parisite under any form
of society and that the capitalist (or
owners of stores) is not needed in a
properly ordered society. If it is
wrong for the landowners tb collect
interest which they call rent, by what
line of reasoning is it right for the
capitalist to collect interest which he
The landlord produces nothing. He
takes part of the wealth for allowing
the workers to use the land. The
capitalist produces nothing. He takes
part of the wealth for allowing the
workers to use the tools (capital).
All wealth is the result of labor. La
bor is work. Work is the result of
hand and brain. The brain conceives
and the hand executes. The result
is wealth (or capital) .J. M. W., 9721
Av. L. ,
A PHILOSOPHY OF TEMPERA
MENT. I love to think of this good
old world as a place made up of cos
mopolitan temperaments. Our moods
now. are not our moods tomorrow.
Surroundings or environment have
so much to do with each one of us.
I thought I was in love with a cer
tain girl once until I found she could
not weep. Being at times a moody,
tearful chap myself, I was disappoint
ed when I found this girl could not
shed a tear, although I know she
often felt like crying. If we two were
snifflers, would be happy together?
I don't know. I imagined we would
both be in complete harmony and
happiness if we could shed oceans of
tears. I was endeavoring to extend
the hand of hope and cheer to the
unfortunate when I described Eva
Tanguay's cheery ways.
.Those of us who are perfectly se
cure in happy homes are fortunate,
but how about the outcasts whom
everyone shuns? Is there no hope,
no Christian Science for them? Do
not our own thoughts and those
about us either depress or raise up?
I love thinking women and change
able women as long as they do not
go to the extreme of disagreeable
ness. It is better for us to take
happy-go-lucky people into our sys-
tems than patent medicines and
drugs. Cheery smiles are the best
tonics. My idea in writing of Eva
Tanguay was to raise up with hope
those whom members of my sex had
kicked down into ruin and despair.
If each of us would think of th?