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consider the wretched condition of
the idiotic, epileptics, suicides and
feeble-minded, to say nothing of the
burden to state and nation.
No matter what his position or pro
fession the tobacco usefis an enemy
to the human race mentally and
physically, and as such must be an
abomination to God. Don't reply to
this in a temper, but think, reason,
prove facts for and against. If there
is big money in the business, then, of
course, the rights of the born or un
born are not considered just so long
as our pocketbooks are well filled.
ABSTRACTION AND DIVISION.
My friend across the hall is a Social
ist. We agree fairly well about a
good many things, but he has epilep
tic fits whenever I mention competi
tion. He revels in use-value, but
shudders whenever exchange value is
mentioned. Exchange is taboo be
cause it involves competition.
I tried to get him to look at things
as they are going on around him, but
he persisted in lumping everything in
the material world into one gigantic
muddle that he labelled "capitalism"
and wouldn't let me analyze it to find
out its composition, so I told him we
would settle the matter by dividing
up the state of Illinois between us.
We got the permission of the po
liceman on the corner to do it, and
after consulting Carl Max he said he
wouldn't play unless I gave him the
first choice. So I was forced to do it.
Then he said he would take for his
share all the money, all the buildings
all the food and clothing, all the ma
chines and tools and railroads and
boats and everything else that he
could remember that required labor
Then I thought I was in a pretty
hard place and went out to ask the
policeman what I should do. He told
me there was but one thing I could
do and that was to take my share the
land on which all these things stood
and out of which they were made. So
I went back and we agreed for the
first time in our acquaintance.
Then I told him the best thing he
could do was to get his things off my
land right away, for I wanted to go to
work and fix myself up comfortable
for the winter.
But when he hunted around to find
a place to put his money and tools
and buildings and other portable
property he couldn't find it. Every
other place on the earth was owned
by somebody and he didn't have mo
ney or other property enough to buy
He said there was no use of me act
ing a hog and if I would let him stay
in Illinois on my land he would make
it right with me.
So I told him I had all of the earth
I cared to own and if he would give
me the money he had and let me
have my little old flat to live in for
awhile, and make a bargain to give
me half the wealth he could produce
from my land, I would let him stay
as long as he wanted to.
He thought that was a pretty good
proposition and so he is out organiz
ing a political machine that will take
hold of the producing and distribut
ing of the wealth in a way that there
will be no competition anywhere.
When he gets it settled as to who
is going to be the boss distributor and
the boss director of products, and the
grand organizor of labor, and the
manager of manufactures, and the
high priest of agriculture, and the
great mogul of transportation, I will
probably come to the conclusion that
I will need a little more rent for the
use of my land on account of increas
ed cost of living.
Of course, he may be mean enough
to deny my right to the land and or
ganize a rebellion, but until he does
I think I have a little the best of it
Ceo. V. Wells.
THEN THE MAYOR MUST
Surely, "What fools we mortals be."
The Daily News in its issue of Nov.
12, in printing the sax-so of our great