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you; When trouble and suffering
sweep upon us we have no time to
think; we must let all our past think
ing count, and if it haB been pure and
strong, true and selfless, it will not
fail us then. Thankfully, Viola
WAGES MORE IMPORTANT.
This rag of single tax has been much
chewed and many an air castle built
from the mouth foam. At the best
a single tax' law cannot be more than
one point among a hundred gained to
bring about just laws.
The taxes are paid only once a
year and are not bo terribly steep
then. Of course, of more Importance
to the wage or no wage slave is the
issue of daily expenditures and daily
earnings. Those will be principally
untouched by single tax law. The
election of aldermen to the city coun
cil is a far more important issue.
Nils E.' Larson, 3853 West End Av.
SWEETLAND'S ARREST. D. P.
Sweetland was arrested for selling
the New York Truthseeker near the
Majestic theater on Sunday morn
ing, Nov. 14. Last winter he was
arrested for the same offense at the
same place and promptly discharged
by Judge Gemmil, who severely
scored the officer making the arrest.
That the arrest was merely a mat
ter of spite on the part of the police
department there can be no doubt
When Mr. Sweetland told a police
man that he had been once arrested
and discharged he replied: 'There are
They first booked him under Sec
tion 1,432 of the city ordinances, for
selling -without a peddler's license.
When they found that this would not
hold, as no .such license is required
to sell papers, they shifted to Sec
tion 1,773, which makes it a misde
meanor lor a hack driverand others
t to move on when told to do so
n officer. But Mr. Sweetland
not told to move on. He was
Spia to .stop celling "thatj?apejr," The
paper he was selling was the real'of
fense. E. C. Reichwald, secretary of
the American Secular union, at once
went on Mr. Sweetland's bond and
the union has charge of the defense.
This is but one case of the unwar
ranted tyranny of the police depart
ment and a sample -of the dyedrin-the-wool
ignorance of most of its
members. They imagine themselves
a law-making power instead of a law
enforcing power, and they will Te
quire a strenuous lesson to get this
out of their heads. They had better
pay more attention to the thugs,
thieves and other criminals of Chi
cago. Franklin Steiner.
AN ASPECT OF PATRIOTISM
Narrow-mindedness is the .essence of
patriotism. One cannot be broad
minded 'and be a patriot. Pew will
deny that President Wilson is a
broad-minded man; yet he Js not a
.patriot, in the common conception of
the term, for he -wrote: "We ask
nothing more for America than we
would ask for humanity." Prom the
jingo's point of view that is treason.
A patriot does not view things in that
light, almost godlike in its impartial
ity. The patriot says: "My country
first and humanity afterward, if at
Love of country! It may be all
right, but the love .of country that
dictates: "Get all you can and kill
and burn for more!" is inspired of
the devil and is the doom of millions.
"Deutsches uber alles'" there is
a sample of the patriotic creed. We
have its equal on this side of the big
pond: "My country, right or wrong!"
That breadth of view and fullness
of vision which distinguishes the
enlightened man from his superficial
ly smart brother is intolerant of the
jingoism, the prejudice, the narrow
ness of patriotism. The broad
minded man sees life steadily and
he sees it whole; he tries to look be
yond mere accidents of birth.
So long as there are patriots; so
long as men think of themselves as