THE PUBLIC FORUM
WHAT? This board of education
mixup makes me feel like starting
something, so here goes. Will some
reader of The Day Book kindly in
form me what the function of the
public school is? And what is the
duty of the public school teacher?
Is it simply to teach reading, writ
ing and arithmetic? Or what?
NO PLACE TO PLAY. The boys
of Lake street and California avenue
are almost as bad off as those who
live on 18th street. When we come
home from work we never can meet
in any lot or yard unless we are
chased away by the police, and for
no cause whatever. So we are now
organized. Mike Doone, Business
Agent C. R. U.
WHY DIDN'T REILLY STAY IN
THE ARMY? The valued Trib had
a "military expert" who criticized
this administration's military policy
on every opportunity.
Here was an "expert" with four
years' service in the army who nev
er heard a hostile shot criticizing the
work of men who were in the service
before he was born.
This "expert" cost the U. S. $25,
000 for his education, and after four
years of salary drawing he thought
he had repaid the people and re
signed. This "expert" was only a second
Jieutenant, but he glommed his fa
ther's title for a pen name to lend
weight to his writings for the Trib.
This "expert" was in the cavalry,
but now we see him a full-fledged
captain in the artillery, with the
chance for promotion in the near fu
ture as soon as one of our artillery
majors can find . an alibi to come
home to his newspaper.
If this second lieutenant of cav
alry had stayed in the army he would
have had to wait 15 more years be
fore he could command a troojj, but
the "world's greatest newspaper"
needed an "expert" to knock Wilson,
so here we find him a captain of ar
tillery, years ahead of his class and
ahead of men who entered the serv
ice years before him.
As he is connected with the sacred
Trib, this is not a case of pork. Mil
DOCTORED FOOD. There are
many reasons why the working peo
ple should take an interest in the co
operative cafeteria plan, which was
outlined by Mr. Webster in The Fo
rum some time ago, and which, by
the way, has been fairly well started
on its road to success.
I fear that many do not fully real
ize the good that can be derived from
a proposition of that kind.
I will not dwell here on the results
that will accrue from co-operation,
the social benefit to its members, its
educational value, nor the saving in
money, but I wish to emphasize the
need of the workers starting an eat
ing place of their own, in order to
save their stomachs and their health.
A person not connected with the
eating industry can scarcely realize
the frauds and deceptions practiced
on the foodstuffs. While there are a
few public eating places that serves
comparatively clean and eatable
food, the faet remains that most of
the so-called pure food lunches are
purely fakes, and the food served is
not really fit to eat. I have been sev
eral years behind the scenes. Being
a cook, I know whereof I speak.
Space does not permit or I.would
name a few of the many frauds and
deceptions worked on the people
who eat in the average food shop. Q)
Suffice it to say that frauds take in
the entire list of foodstuffs, from
plaster of paris bread on down.
It is only reasonable to suppose
that when the people, or a part of
them, get together and establish a
co-operative restaurant they surely
will see to it that their food shall, at
least, be clean, wholesome and sea
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