for it is taken from the government's
figures on the increased cost of ALL
The foods the workingman eats
beans, for instance are going up
faster. than the average of foods
Beans have increased in price 20 per
cent trom January, 1915, to January,
1916. The government has no fig
ures on beans' increase in four years
. Potatoes increased in price 61 per
cent in the same twelve months.
These wage increases only put the
workman in most industries back
where he was two years ago, when
wage decreases went into effect all
over the country.
As a matter of fact, considering
the higher rents, fuel and food costs,
the worker who shares in this $64,
000,000 wage increase is actually
getting less than he got two years
A DAY IN THE QOUNTRY
By Alfred H. Butler
Grass is growing in the meadows;
Blackbirds chirping in the marsh;
Frogs are croaking in the rushes,
Grating out their songs so harsh.
Pussywillows are appearing;
Trees beginning to leave out;
Robins by the score are singing;
Spring is here without a doubt.
Farmers in the field are plowing,
Turning furrows long and black;
Horses straining at their labor;
Of such scenes there is- no lack.
Brush fires burning by the roadside;
People cleaning up their lots;
Garden patches being planted;
House plants taken out of pots.
Springtime odors on the breezes
Tell, of bursting buds and flowers,
Giving little thrills of pleasure,
Brightening up this world of ours.
With a four-horse power engine a
motor-driven plow of English inven
tion cuts a six-inch furrow at a speed
exceeding three miles an. hour.
WHY HAS MRS WILSON LOST
First Photo Showing Mrs, Wilson
Without a Smile.
Washington. Has Mrs. Wilson,
bride of the president, quit smiling?
Is it because of the crisis with Ger
many or the Mexican crisis that she
has been seen without a smile on her
These are two of the worries mi
the president's mind and it may be,
Washington savs. that Mrs. Wilson
has been saddened by the president's
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Mav 8. 1787. Congress took un
der consideration a plan for institu
ting a civil government in the Illinois
country to remedy the anarchy
which had been reigning there, t
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