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THE PUBLIC FORUM
READ DAY BOOK OF APRIL 5.
I challenge Mrs. Bishop to live at my
house and work as I and thousands
of others do, and Eve pn 33 cents a
day. Bah! newspaper notoriety! Mr.
Bishop is evidently a capitalist em
ployer of girls at slave wages and has
the co-operation of a wife, a maudlin
society parasite who only wishes to
further squeeze and starve the girls
now in his employ.
I laughed till the tears came at her
daily routine of work. Luncheon
from 12 till 2; attends a sewing club
till 6! Work? Mrs. Bishop, get 'a
Webster's dictionary and get the de
finition of starve and work.
People who work only heap their
bitterest ridicule on such empty
headedness. It is too ridiculous for
an educated $7-a-week working girl
to notice. E. A. Newcomb.
FULL SOCIAL VALUE. Social
ists bitterly condemn competition,
saying it prevents laborers from get
ting the full social value of their pro
duct Yet only by each man weigh
ing or competing his trade, profes
sion, services, goods or products
against those with whom he ex
changes can he estimate their full so
cial value. And as each, prefers the
thing received to the thing given,
each values them differently, else
neither would exchange.
Through difference of climate, lo
cation, implements, profession, trade,
skill, etc., each can often produce
the exchangeable-equivalent of a de
sired article much easier and cheaper
than the article itself. Hence each
profits by exchanging what he can
easiest produce for what the other
can easiest produce. And mercants,
importers, railroads and bankers,
who facilitate these profitable ex
changes, rightly deserve a compen
sating share thereof.
So rational trade is mutually bene
ficial to all concerned therein, as all
benefit or profit thereby. Indeed
benefit, advantage, profit, is the real
stimulus back of every sane human
act Only the insane court injury,
disadvantage and unprofitableness.
Yet Socialists say we should abol
ish all profit and desire for profit
Would not that abolish all inven
tion, implements, machinery, sale,
trade or exchange whatsoever? t)
As self-preservation is the first law
of nature and man ever strives to sat-
isfy his wants with the least exeruon,
would it not subvert human nature
and exterminate mankind? D. Web
ster Groh, Hagerstown, Md.
ARMAMENT. In the Stateman's
Year Book, also in Brassey's Naval
Annual for 1915 the comparative na
val and miitary strength of the Eu
ropean powers are given as folows:
Russia Army, 1.850,000; navy,
60,000; cost $326,039,698.
Great Britain Navy, 136,461;
France Army, 645,644; navy, 25,
000; cost $269,755,910.
Germany Army, 656,144; navy,
33,500; cost, $217,526,950.
If these figures are right, why has
Germany been considered the fore
most military country. I. Flosbach,
5838 N. Clark.
RECRUITING. Before me lies a
hand bill advertisement of the United
States government. In large black
letters are these words: "Do you
want to see the world? The U. S.
marine corps offers you the opportu
nity." Following are a few state
ments telling about the fine barracks,
good living conditions, good pay and
foreign traveL () )
This sounds fine to some poor
working man's son who has no op
portunity in the world to get good
food, clothes and a comfortable
home. It looks like a fine flower, but
he doesn't see the bee inside it
Why does a great Christian gov
ernment deliberately fool its citizens
with bills like this? Why does It
I paint life in glowing terms and then,