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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 22',
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you of an error published m The Day something be done? Mrs. C. Stark
Book. You state sardonically (and and Mrs. J. Cole.
justly so) that at a time when ice is
mostly needed and when poor people
are hardly able to buy any ice at all,
the price was raised not only one
third, but more than twice the
amount they charged hitherto.
The big dealers are advertising
that they did not raise their prices.
I want to say that this is a brazen
lie. Their prices fluctuate from min
ute to minute. Whenever they
squeeze more money out of the small
dealers they do so to the extreme.
My father is an ice dealer and my
heart breaks to hear poor people bit
terly complain that they cannot af
ford to spend $1.50 per week for ice.
Cannot the city authorities intercede
and prevent the magnates filling
their coffers with people's money?
Abe A. Klapman.
CONSUMER'S ICE CO. Why is it
that after soliciting the people's
trade, having them buy ice books and
paying for same in advance, so they
will receive more interest on our mo
ney, that we don't get the service?
Most of the people in our neighbor
hood bought Consumer's Co. ice
books, and most of them have small
children. Several times we have not
received ice from Friday until Mon
day night about 9 o'clock, and this
last week have not received it since
Friday and it is now Tuesday.
We have made complaints to the
general office and the branch office
also. One of the neighbors called
into the general office and one of,
the clerks said that they would re
fund the money on his book. It is
very strange that he shduld say this
when they are spending hundreds of
dollars paying solicitors and adver
tising in the street cars, eta, for our
Why can not they hire more men
andjjut out more wagons if there is ,
THE FLAG AND LOEB. I read in
The Public Forum of Aug. 2 an arti-
cle, "The Flag and the Schools," and v
I must say that some parts of it are
very disgusting, to say the least.
I wonder how anybody who has
read The Day Book regularly can
support Jacob Loeb, after he has dis
missed efficient teachers so unjustly
without a hearing because they are
members of the Teachers' Federa
tion, an organization well worth sup
porting, this being in violation of the
civil service rules. '
Then, again, the writer of this ar
ticle states that the president of the
school board and other members of
the board who are with him in his
action sould receive encouragement
and assistance from all patriotic cit
izens. If that is the writer's idea of
patriotism I don't want to be pa
triotic, if it is necessary to support
Mr. Loeb in his actions.
We have all kinds of fanatics in
this country; there is the religious
fanatic and also the flag fanatic. If
there were fewer flag fanatics there
would be less clamor for war and
preparedness parades. The flag is
just merely a symbol of the govern
ment. It does not make a govern
ment good or bad. Russia has a flag,
but still has a despotic government.
It is the people behind the flag that
count, not so much the flag itself.
What can we say the flag stands for
in Europe, with the allies and the
central powers fighting so desper- i
ately? - w
We also do not enjoy the greatest
freedom under that starry banner
(to use the writer's words), for if we
did there would be nothing for us to
criticize. It is because we do not en
joy the greatest freedom that there
is so much to criticize.
It is very nice, I admit, for the