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aldermanic committee lacked initia
tive and business ability to pusb it
t correctly. Reform bodies are able
to point out defects in all civic situa
tions, but rarely able to work out
constructive programs for the relief
of the people. - ..
What the city of Chicago needs is
a committee of active and progres
sive fighters to get the middleman
off the people's backs ana establish
the government of Chicago on a
. sane and efficient business basis.
Too few people are alive to the sit
uation. Wake 'em up!
That tommyrot on the tariff and
high cost of living before election
carried hundreds of unthinking peo
ple into the Republican camp be
cause it touched their stomachs and
poiketbooks, two vital spots. Yet,
N knowing that Chicago is the center
' of the middle west for food products,
we didn't see a blooming Democrat
telling or combating the real issue.
Get the friendship of some middle
man. He could give some astound
ing reasons as to why he fights with
all his ability the establishing of mu
j: nicipal markets in Chicago. Yours
k for City JVIarkets.
( REPLY TO SMITH. I have just
read Prank Smith's article in The
Public Forum. He is very optimistic
and I am not surprised at Mm being
so from his conception, or, I should
1 say, misconception of some very
vital subjects concerning the welfare
of the people.
I am proud to say that Mr. Ford
is one captain of industry who is op-
; posed to war, and I also agree that
Mr. Ford has improved the wages
and conditions of his men. ,
He has demonstrated beyond a
doubt that poverty is not necessary
in this age and stage of production.
t Now, when Mr. Smith asserts that if
' all other captains of industry would
do likewise we would have the "right
kind of socialism," he is very much
r " in error.
There is only one kind of social
ism, not 57 varieties, as some wouldj
have us believe. And it is not the
private ownership and management,
but the public ownership, with demo
cratic management of the social
means of production and distribu
tion. Then the workers will receive
the full social "value of their labor
and not a part, as per the Ford plan.
The equal division of unequal earn
ings would be impossible.
So many of our submissive citi
zens are so in the habit of having a
master drive them all the time that
they cannot comprehend a state
where they would not be driven.
Inez B. Crandall, No. 1, Stratford
Apt, Nashville, Tenn.
THE LABOR UNIONS AND
THEIR MONEY. Recently we were
told that the railroad- brotherhoods
have at their command over $12,000,
000. We may be certain that all.
other labor unions have at their com
mand sums, the total of which would
be quite astonishing. All this money -
is supposed to make interest. It may
be put in banks, or in stocks and
bonds, or in real estate. The money
put in banks is lent out by the bank
ers in order to earn its interest The
banker individually makes partly his
living out of it; stockholders receive
a share from its earnings; the up
keep of the banking establishment
is paid out oi it The unions receive
a small fixed amount out of those
What is done with the money of
the unions? It is used by private con
cerns and individuals for conducting
their business and to make as rnuch
profit out of it as they possibly can.
It Is no doubt partly used to fight the
unions, to fight labor and to make
miserable the lives of the individual
members of the labor unions. It is
with this money, saved by labor, the
same as with labor itself both are
used against themselves; that is
against their interest
The money, set out by the unions
through the medium oi private