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I call him John the Baptist, and, be
lieve me, he can shoot the speil in
my favor. He thinks I'm the whole
limburger, and any one who says we
ain't the original article ought to be
skun alive. Our records speaks for
themselves. So from wagon boy to
Christ is some gait, believe me. I
want to advise every young man to
work hard and save and some day
you can't tell what you might be.
Sverre Skreting, 1828 N. Sawyer av.
KNOCKER? SURE! Edw. Levee
in his Forum letter called the Social
ists "knockers." I feel, as a Social
ist, I have a right to answer him. I
will state for his benefit and for thou
sands of others like him that it is not
a question of voting and upholding
good men, but a question of principle.
Hoyne, Buck, Merriam and Con
nery, two Republicans and two Dem
ocrats, are not bigger than the polit
ical parties they are affiliated with.
They must during an election cam
paign accept party rules and party
tactics, of course within law. They
have to accept the blood-money for
campaign expenses, wrung from the
sweat of working women and work
ing men, in order to be elected or go
down into oblivion. Good and effi
cient service to be sure, and you, in
dependent voter (oh, how indepen
dent) swallow the dope dished out?to
you, thinking you are voting for the
Knockers! Sure, we're knockers!
We're knocking the capitalistic sys
tem under which we live, not the
men. Remember, we're bucking up
against organized capital. Knockers,
sure! We are trying to educate the
working people to act and to vote as
a class and not as Republicans,
Democrats, Progressives or Prohibi
tionists. In conclusion, Big Business does
not fear Hoyne, Buck, Merriam and
Connery, for the simple reason they
control the machinery of government
.(for example, the Thompson admin
istration in Chicago). What they do
fear is organized expression of the
working class on the political field as
well as the industrial field. Gabriel
Simansky, 718 S. Winchester av.
WHEN ALCOHOL IS FOOD. I
want to set The Forum readers right
on the problem "alcohol as a food."
And, first, I will quote the only au
thentic definition of food: "Food is
a substance that can be digested, that
furnishes the body-cells with build
ing material or energy, and that does
not injure said cells." A drop of al
cohol taken into the body has no no
ticeable bad effect on the cells and
may be considered a food. A table
spoonful of alcohol taken into the
body has an injurious effect on the
cells acting as a poison.
So, dear readers, if you have a
thirst like a Peruvian canary that can
be satisfied with a single drop of alco
hol you are feeding yourself. But ifs
you have a full-sized Ky. thirst, get
measured for a hearse, because you
are poisoning yourself. Jas. O. Boy.
DUTY. There is scarcely a word
as" frequently used as the word
"duty." We have been taught that it
should be our duty to follow the
golden rule. The same teachers of
that doctrine teach us to v lie, steal
and kill, but in a so-called legal way.
Trampling the poor down into the
mire and keeping them there does
not look like duty to me.
Some say that it is our duty to act
according to the dictates of our con
science, whether good or bad, for it
is exactly what a divine God willed us
to do. They say that after we die
we will come back in some form sim
ilar to what we are now; that if we
fared well here now we shall fare
better the next time. What is duty,
anyway? Frank Smith.
Talk about prosperity! Santa Mon
ica, Cal., authorities are building a
spooners' bench. 499 feet long.