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many. His talk was very short and
hot, hardly long enough to grasp his
Big, husky, broad-shouldered,
erect, he claims gas in system, lungs
perforated, which sounds ridiculous
for such a strapping person.
Who and what is he and his
league? Such a fine piece of "propa
ganda for peace at any price" boost
ers, up against it and broke, crippled,
unable to work, and Socialists over
looking a grand opportunity of get
ting a horrible example of militarism.
In glancing over last Saturday's
Day Book I saw his announcement.
Can any reader enlighten a befud
dled but curiously interested individ
ual. W. N.
BOOSTS COMPETITION. A Day
Book political economist contends
for competition and against mono
poly. To determine the value of each
principle let us first examine the
vegetable world. In the spring the
gardener will sow some radish seed.
Does he believe in competition? Not
much; he kills the weeds and thins
out the weak radishes, thus giving
his favorite a monopoly of the
strength of the ground. Here com
petition works for puny, worthless
produce; monopoly for just the op
posite. The same rule works in the ani
mal kingdom. For example, observe
almost any neighborhood. In mine
I have observed about 20 small mer
chants starting in business. Com
petition has ruined most of them. I
can recall a small, hump-backed
woman who had a delicatessen store.
She was doing fine when a big, burly
man started a grocery store adjoin
ing and put her out of business; now
he is gone; both are ruined. If she
could have had a monopoly she
would have been on easy street to
day. But our economist might reply
that a monopoly is of no account to
the person who cannot get in the mo
nopoly. Very true, but competition
is the same to a person who can't
compete. Honors are even. Compe
tition fills the business world with
wrecks. Monopoly sometimes gives
the consumer a lower price. Compe
tition leads to an overproduction, an
anarchy of production. Competition
limits the output so as to prevent
overproduction and panic.
Free competition won't work in a ft
good many cases. Suppose every one
was free to put in telephone service.
We would have 20 telephone systems
and it would be a nuisance. If the
city, would grant every one the right
to put down street car lines the
streets wouTd be full of rails.
A monopoly on the earth I must
admit is bad; suppose one man own
ed the earth.; he would charge for the
right to walk on his earth. Now sup
pose 1,000,000 men owned it, it would
be just as silly. One man has just as
good claim to the earth as another;
it matters not who first saw the land
or who is the strongest, but in things
produced from the earth the rule
seems to be different. Competition
between laborers for low-class jobs
is bad, but for high-class jobs it
seems to be good, as all can't have
the best jobs.
Co-operation is better than either
competition or monopoly. The work
ing out of co-operative schemes to
abolish both competition and mono
poly is what is wanted. D. F. Sweet-land.
THE RIVERVIEW RINK. I no
ticed an article in The Day Book,
under the Public Forum, where a
gentleman seems to be highly in
sulted because he was refused ad
mission to the Riverview roller rink
on a certain Sunday afternoon while
a roller hockey game was going on.
Now this gentleman seems to be un
der the impression that we do not
allow people with sweater coats to
come into the rink and I would like
to change his ideas.
It has been the custom of the.