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enormous profits and give their of
fice employes beggarly wages. ' The
workers of Chicago should agitate
for insurance by the state at cost
Other states and countries are doing
it Why not Illinois? F. B.
' PROHIBITION AND THE WORK
ERS. Will prohibition benefit the
fW working class? Some Forum writ
ers tell us it will. I say it will not,
and will state a few of my reasons.
More than "half the territory of the
United States is under prohibition,
but the working class is worse off
.now than it was five years ago. Our
necessaries have doubled in price.
Some articles have increased 400 per
cent in price. Waged have increased
about 10 per cent. A smaller num
ber of working men have their homes
paid for than was the case five years
ago. This is true in prohibition
states as well as wet states.
When Oregon went dry one brew
ery went into the tannery business,
another in the shoe business. Are
you payipg less for shoes now than
you did two years ago? Has the
working class benefited by the
change? Some men who could
make enough money in the saloon
business to send their children to
school and keep their wife at home
now have to send their wives and
children to the shoe factory to work
to keep the family alive.
The brewing companies were in
the business for profit When the
state went dry they could 'not- let
their property lie idle. They went
into the shoe business. They had to
employ labor to make profit The
war has created conditions that
a make this business very profitable.
W The brewing companies probably
find the leather and shoe business so
profitable that they will be willing.to
continue prohibition while the
slaughter of human life keeps on in
Europe, or else their country be
comes concerned in the slaughter
ing business. What benefit does the
working class derive from these con
ditions? Prohibition is the dope used by the
big capitalists and their stool pigeons
(the big newspapers and fake re
formers) to chloroform the work
in gman, so they can rob him out of
his labor. It is not the $15 a year
that the average workingman's fam
ily spend for liquor that keeps them
in poverty. It is the $2,600 worth of
labor that he produces each year, of
which he does not see a penny, that
keeps him in poverty. Some of the
big business men spend more in one
evening for booze than the average
workingman's family spend in a year.
Still he rolls in wealth while the
workingman rolls in poverty.
The worker will need something
different from prohibition to get him
out of the hell hp is in. The "boot
legger," the "fake doctor" and cer
tain druggists want prohibition. It
gives them an opportunity to sell
cheap, rotten booze, without a
license, at the same time charging
you double what you pay in the sa
loons for good whisky. The Billy
Sunday type of "sky pilots" like to
keep the question of prohibition be
fore the public it means more
money to them than playing base
ball. Workingmen, remember that
the big capitalist donates money to
help prohibition because he knows
where to place his money to bring
him a large dividend. Demand all
you create and use it for the comfort
and pleasure of your families and
yourselves. Clarence A. Diehl.
INJURED BY BOMB BLAST
Mrs. Joseph C. Schultz, 1727 W.
Division, was injured last night when
bomb explosion wrecked her home.
She had received an anonymous tele
gram threat that the building would
be blown up.
When she returned home at mid
night from a card party she detected
gunpowder. She hurried her hus
band and two childr.en from the
house. Then the blast came.