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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 30, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 21',
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THE. DAY. BOOK
N. & VGCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
COO S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, UA.
Tclpnhnne.v Editorial. IlenrM 3S3
ieiepnonea circulation. Monro 3S2
Subscription By Carrier in
Chicago, 60 cents a month. By
Mail, United States and Can
ada, 50 cents a Month.
Entered aa- second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postorflce at Chicago.
I1L, under the Act of March-1. 187P
WHAT DOES IT COST THE RICH
TO LIVE? An inquiry. into the cost
of living is now heing conducted in
the District of Columbia under au
thority of jgL act of congress.
As usuafthls Investigation is heing
limited to the homes of the poor, and
"special agents" of the bureau of
labor statistics are pokingheir noses
into the homes of bricklayers, labor
ers, charwomen, and street cleaners
and insisting on being told just where
the family got every dollar It spent
last year and how each penny was
spent. They want to know how much
food the family ate and how much
was paid for it, whether the "old
man" drinks and liow much he spent
for booze, whether the family saved
anything and if so, how muqh?
The act of congress authorized
and appropriating for the investiga
tion was put through at the insist
ence of those "friends of the poor"
swho are constantly trying to find out
how LITTLE the workingman can
exist on. They are not interested in
finding out how MUCH he needs to
make him efficient, happy and hope
ful. This investigation, like most .other
sociological inquiries, is futile and
impertinent and Is resented , by
worklngmen whoso spirit lias notjjet
been ground out of them. T
. What society needs Is an Invest!-
gation of the cost of living of the
"Wfi need to find out how little a
bondholder can live on. &
We need to find out how much
food is wasted In the homes of the
rich that Is needed to feed the starv-a
Ing poor, who are still "with us in j
spite of our vaunted prosperity
We need to have a clear statement t
from the rich as to why they need ,
three, four, or five "town and coun-.
try" houses, scattered from New
York to California, when 65 per cent
of the people cannot own their own. -
homes, and when there are those
who have no roof ove their -heads. fi
We need to, know what the 2 per3
cent of the people who own 60 per
cent of the nation's wealth are doing ?
with what the other 98 per cent are T
If Uncle Sam will conduct thls
highly ilecessary inquiry, astonishing '
results can ,be promised. t J
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Craze for short auto names con-
tlnues. Why doesn't some maker
copyright "I"? f
Turkish women are organizing to,
run their country. We suppose thev
will call that "trouser rule." "7
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