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ways enters politics, " as he can
shoulder everything upon the people
whose servant he claims to be when
he desires to come out victorious.
War is a quarrel with neighbors.
A family quarrel is equally fearful,
only on a smaller scale.
People may call upon God and yet
he godless, for nof all who say "Lord!
J Lord!" shall enter the kingdom of
THE SLEEPING SHEPHERD.
I see by a morning paper that we are
to have a series of articles by the
assistant sacrejary cf agriculture,
here-styled an expert.
Anything coming from the office of
the se,c'y of agriculture ought to be
extremely interesting. This office
has been blind, deaf and dumb to the
pernicious practices of organized
crime. It is common knowledge that
syndicates have bought up the pro
duct of orchard and farm for years,
then, having control, have allowed
half the crop to rot in order to ad
vance the price of such of the boun
ties of nature as they see fit to let
through to the people.
Considering the real economic rea
son and the real economic remedy,
Mr. Vraoman's backyard talk is an
affront to the intelligence of every
American citizen. I would advise the
ass't sec'y of agriculture and his su
perior officer to study the unearned
increment land tax of the civilized
nations of the world. Every intelli
gent working man knows the reason
for the high cost of living, knows
that whenfthe speculative values
have been taxed out of land that land
will be cheap. He also knows that
cheap land means cheap food and
cheap homes, unless, of course, our
.'watchmen sleep at the post and per
mit syndicates and organized greed
to stand between the bounties of
nature and the empty stomachs of
helpless babes and children, of starv
ing men and women.
I am glad Mr. Vrooman has come
to tell, us. I hope he will tell us why ,
the shepherd has slept while the
lambs are being devoured by wolves.
If we had a watchdog that didn't
watch we would give him to some
man we didn't like. If in military
life a sentinel slept on his watch we
would shoot him. I would impeach
a sec'y of agriculture who has slept
on his watch and then insults my in
telligence by prattling back yard rem
edies and backyard economics.
J. H. Ostrander, Fine Arts Bldg.
ANOTHER SOLUTION. In my
daily perusal of The Public Forum
the one prevailing characteristic
seems to be a statement of grievance
succeeded by a sure cure, "if."
Permit me, then, if your tolerance
can stand the strain, to follow suit:
Grievance High cost of life's ne
cessities. Cure Convict labor. Let
the poor humans, that other humans
have inhumanly locked up, make
shoes and other wearing apparel; let
them run farms and produce all that
comes from the earth. Add a fair
profit to the cost of production to
prevent doing injustice to free labor,
and sell the goods to the ultimate
consumer at a price which would not
rob him of the entire joy and pur
pose of life. The profit made on
such sales could be apportioned to
each working factor and applied in
any one of three logical ways as fol
lows: Pay to those dependent on the
prisoner. If no one is dependent then
hand It to the person who earned it,
upon his or her discharge from cus
tody. This would sustain life and miti
gate" the danger of temptation while
seeking new environment and em
ployment. Provide magazines, tobacco, writ
ing materials, or even equip a library,
billiard room or swimming pool for
However, if society insists that its
members (who have been caught at
it) must suffer "all the law allows,"
then divide the money among "mor-