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the enhanced industrial energy of
the modern world. The only alter
native to the continued disregard of
readjustment is the kind of hell now
raging in Europe. Economic law is
inexorable. The penalty of sin, of
violated law, still is death. Econom
ic law, under the conditions of the
a times, commands the western world
' to remould itself to fit the conditions
of the times Continued defiance of
that law is death. Henry Knaus.
ALLEN jSTEVEN. I have long
been a reader of The Day Book and
' some eighteen" months ago wasian
occasional contributor to The Fo
rum, but lost close touch with it by
a rather lengthy sojourn in the west.
. I recall, however, the names of some
of the early contributors', and am
often renfinded rf- one of them,
whose "will to be" apparently keeps
him in the limelight. An article by
him has been the occasion for much
discussion, andj the somewhat un
canny bent of his mind, together
with a peculiar style, has engendered
much bitter feeling, as all readers of
The Forum well know.
Thinking people agree that one
" should be allowed to say. what he or
she pleases, and if such be at war
with reason society should put better
thougbtsinto bis or her head. That
The Day'Book has always held that
position, none can gainsay.
Man is extremely' susceptible to
vanity, and the oftener one sees his
name. in print the prouder and'more
self-satisfied he is likely to bedome
and his power of analysis weakened
instead of strengthened.
I remember that many of The Fo
rum family waxed exceedingly wroth
A at one Allen Steven, and bitter were
the criticisms and many the denun
ciations hurled at him, but Allen
seemed to be irrepressible and the
possessor of an indomitable will and
withstood the shock of battle until1
the 42-centimeter guns of Levish and
Rasmussen were turned on him,
whereupon he collapsed and did not
1 appear on the firing line for long
However, like Vesuvius, long qui
escent, indications again appeared
which proved that Allen was not
dead, but sleeping. Little, spouts of
lava manifested themselves from
time to time, which of late have de
veloped into almost constant erup
tion. His last effort shows such pro
nounced improvement that I anx
iously await the next. It was humor
ous, as are some of his articles, and
,as he waB dealing with a reality In
stead of a figment of his imagination
he did quite well, as he frequently
does when his subject is wisely
Yes, Allen, your last treatise deal
ing with "bugs" is proof that you
have finally located, yourself, and if
in ' the future you will confine your
efforts to entomology and forswear
sociology, especially sexual sociology
and philosophy, I feel sure a "patient
and long-suffering group of literati1
will forgive your past Indiscretions
In Justice to Alleny permit me to
state- that among those who know
him well he is considered irresponsi
ble, irrepressible ami harmlessly im
possible. This ought to be balm to
Bess H. With best wishes to all.
F. J. Ragan.
TO THE AMERICAN CITIZEN.
If you want patriots and a greater "
unified nation in'America, here is a
method. It will give you a following'
so vast and powerful that its voice
alone will do the deeds, of moment for
the general welfare, and the thunder
of the cannon will be unnecessary.
Just speak the word from congress
for public possession of railroads,
public utilities, national resources
and land and the answering shout
from the American people will need
no support from armaments and its
debts and miseries to life.
A principle of general welfare, not
one of private fortune-building; is the
note twice struck by our presidents.