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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THREE LETTERS received by
The Public Forum will not be used.
One, entitled "Just a Few Whys,"
and signed by E. S., "Was too long,
And, furthermore, was written in
lead pencil so poorly it could not be
Another, signed by C. H. M., was a
copy of a letter sent to the Tribune's
"A Friend of the People" column.
The Public Forum does not want let
ters already printed in other papers.
Another, from J. McG., was reject
ed because it would have involved
The Day Book in a libel suit.
CAUSES OF POVERTY. The
federal industrial relations commis
sion found the cause of poverty, dis
ease, etc., in low wages. Gen. Gor
gas found the same. Now the Illi
nois commission confirms the oth
ers. Mr. Walsh and Gen. Gorgas of
fer the real remedy access to land.
The natural law of wages, discov
ered by Henry George, is that wages
in all lines must approximate the
amount produced upon ordinary
land. But the land is legally held
out, so cannot offer natural wages.
Nobody cares about this vital mat
ter; got tired of it; rather hear some
O'Hara proposes minimum wage;
many industries would close, not
yielding more than present wages;
hence many would be out of work.
Prominent women propose a closer
relation between employers and our
schools; then young people can step
from school into a job. This means
that the jobs are waiting, and no
body would know it except for the
closer relations, etc. Others want
vocational training; then the trade
unions object to such cheap labor.
If all joined unions, wages and
costs would rise together, but land
would rise the most and absorb the
sain. How long will twaddle prevail
over economic truth? Single tax
alone offers natural wages. People
fascinated by great names may re
flect on a few. Tom Johnson, Joseph
Fels, Elbert Hubbard, Frances Wil
lard, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Lane and
Post in the cabinet, a dozen con
gressmen, Mr. Walsh and Gen. Gor
gas, and the list could' be extended.
C. F. Hunt
THE TEACHERS' UNION. Tha
editor of The Day Book has most
kindly granted my request for the
privilege of giving the public such
information as I have pro and con
the unionizing of the public school
teachers. Two articles are to be
presented one, against federating
with labor and one for federating
Words can faintly convey the
measure of appreciation I feel for this
favor and the opportunity it affords
of presenting in a fair and honest
manner both sides of the shield to
the public gaze, on this question, so
that a clear conception of the mat
ter may obtain.
I believe it is necessary that it
be known generally and most thor
oughly that the elementary teachers'
organization, known as the Teachers'
Federation, is not the only teachers'
organization in Chicago that is affil
iated with the Federation of Labor.
There are two others. Neither are
all of the elementary teachers in the
Teachers' Federation. More than
half of the elementary teachers have
never joined the federation. Many of
the elementary teachers are mem
bers of the Teachers' League, an or
ganization which has never allied it
self with labor unions.
But of those teachers that are in
teachers' organizations affiliated with r
the Federation of Labor I would
speak. They are not the only peo
ple drawing salaries from the public
treasury who are affiliated with the ,
Federation of Labor, as many people
For the benefit of these I herewith
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