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,THE PUBLIC FORUM
M. 0. TUTTLE -wrote a letter to
The Public Forum desiring some in
formation about the Hebrew insti
tute. This was giveji him in a pri
vate letter mailed to the address he
gave, 4649 Sheridan rd. Today this
letter was returned with a notice
from the postofflce that no such per
son could be found. The Day Book
trusts that its Public Forum contrib
utors will be more careful in giving
their addresses. All the Public
Forum asks from its writers is a
square deal. Forum Editor.
GOT KIBBLER'S GOAT. A lec
ture delivered in room 811, Masonic
Temple, has succeeded in getting my
The speaker was a Mr. Wilkes
harre, who, by the way, calls himself
Prof. Wilkesbarre, and the subject
Among the many statements that
got me were the following:
Socialism is a brain disease.
Self preservation is not the first
law of nature.
Exploitation is the first law of
The first he backs up by saying
that socialism is full of silly, sloppy
sentiments, altruism and a pitiful
plea for something that isn't there.
The second by stating that if it was
left to the working class we would
have no progress, as it (the working
class) only does as it is told, so
therefore, if not ordered, it remains
where it is.
In discussing the third point he
said that self-realization, not self
preservation, is the first law. Then
went on to say that only "cheap or
ganisms," to use his own terms, are
afraid of death, for "conscious egos,"
or "finished -organism," value their
ideals more than life.
To my mind his first outburst
demonstrates his ignorance of so
cialism. I would like him to meet
some of our expounders of the cause, i
I do not think the capitalists would
do much if left to themselves.
Mr. Wilkesbarre remarked that the
working class was a mass of matter
that did not matter and that the only
thing it is good for is to go to work
or to do as it is told.
He spoke before a large number of
people and seemed to me to be full
of the very thing he was speaking of,
ego. W. Kibbler.
ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS. When
in any field of public service acci
dents of more or less moment occur
from time to time and at varying
intervals, would it not seem that an
urgent need called for an Investi
gation along lines upon which the
causes might be ascertained, to the
end that public safety might be as
sured in the future. This in partic
ular pertains to passenger elevators
in buildings where accidents, more
or less obscure and of greater fre
quency than hearsay would indicate,
have occurred in recent years.
Might it not be shown that, far
from being of obscure origin, these
accidents are merely the inevitable
effect consequent upon causes not
difficult to define?
What are the essentials of a safe
elevator? What are the inherent
hazards to be anticipated? What
features determine the adaptability
of a given device as regards its effi
cacy in eliminating a given hazard?
What is the relative standing in or
der of importance and sequence of
any given device in a given case,
leading up to safety of operation in
the abstract? What are the engi
neering problems to be met and
solved? How many elevators in
Chicago would stand a test under
emergency conditions? - Might it not
be shown that any of these accidents
could be avoided by the use of adapt
ed appliances readily procurable?
From a technical and engineering
standpoiint, does the elevator indus
try in Chicago stand on a par with
other lines? Would it not seem that