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crumbs that fell from the table of
Dives, the capitalist, but Dives at
least did not set the dogs upon Laz
arus when he complained that he
was still hungry after his meal of
When these poor old men made
their futile protest against starvation
wages, the loose-jowled, fat-bellied
gentry, for whose benefit the. stock
exchange is run, were probably on
the breeze-swept decks of then
yachts, lapping up high-balls, grumb
ling because stocks don't pay 8 per
cent, and wondering "What the hell's
the matter with the country, full of
strikes and anarchists, and pacifists,
and God-knows-what-all? Where do
they come from, anyhow?"
Everybody hereabouts is sympa
thizing with Sam Hilton because his
boy, Joe, who works in a drug store
in Grand Rapids, has gone crazy.
Sam won't admit it, but when any
young man comes home in the mid
dle of summer with a bagful of
hockey sticks, of course he's crazy.
Canaan (Mich.) Sentinel.
THE BREATH OF
THE PUBLIC F8RUM
JUST TRUST. I noticed Vapor
Plug's saying there's an "Automatic
Justifier" on sale at Harrison and
The best little automatic justifier
now on the job in Chicago is the
Trust Press. It's always automatic,
self-starting and non-inflammatory.
It justifies State street stores wel
fare, stockyards wages, traction
finance and automatic phone grabs.
THE JUMP IN WHEAT. The
most of the U. S. and the rest of the
world, also are greatly excited over
the recent advance in the price of
wheat Of course, it will be the
cause of hardship for iriillions. Bread,
the staff of life, will advance and
hunger will grjp the poor all over the
world. Starvation will reap a larger
death harvest everywhere.
Unfavorable weather conditions
always bring reduced harvests, but
never in the history of the world in
any civilized country was there
enough scarcity of food to condemn
a single human being to death by
starvation, if human-made laws had
been adjusted so as to give equitable
distribution of wealth.
Our laws are made to protect the
monopolist, the forestaller and the
gambler. Gambling in wheat and
other food products is encouraged
by law. The misfortune of a short
crop puts great fortunes into the
hands of gamblers.
But worse than this is the legal sit
uation that encourages the gambling
in land from which all wealth comes.
The successful gambler in other
things cannot conserve his winntags
except by investing it in land.
So it is strange that so much com
plaint is made about the high price
of food and other products of labor
and so little about the high price of
land which is produced by gambling
, The high price of land is fundai