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cent work at decent pay. The cure
is plenty of jobs at decent pay. The
trouble with such as he is that they
are reactionary, and the reactionary
spirit is actually one of the symp
toms of a form of insanity opposed
to that of paranoia; that is, "demen
tia praecox." J. Jacobson.
BOOSTS MANLY STORY. After
reading and pondering somewhat
The Day Book of late I find the best
of all the good things therein con
tained is the article by Basil M.
I am also deeply interested in the
whole big question, by which I mean
war, prostitution, big biz, etc.
It is all one and the same thing, for
Big Biz is the mother of it all. Take
the Mexican trouble. Simply and
only a fight between the Wall and
Lombard street oil interests.
Take all this howl about prepared
ness. Who started it? The muni
tion manufacturers. No one else.
But can we find a single damned one
of them doing any of the fighting?
A lot of feather-brained fools
thought they would go on a picnic,
not long after the present holocaust
started, so they boarded an English
ship and when they sank with the
ship the howlers howled that we
must avenge them and protect our
We must avenge, yes, but was
there one of them made a move to
do any of the avenging? No!
We must do it. Now just who are
we? I would like to ask the howlers.
I have no patience with the fools who
are continually crying for some one
to do something for them, to help
them, by which I mean the depart
ment store clerks. Why don't they
help themselves? They know how,
for they have been told enough.
No, if they formed or joined a
union, the boss would find it out and
they would lose their job. Ye gods!
they could not be any worse off if
they did. In fact, I would mighty
Soon ajiit any iob which, did not .pay
me any more than $7.50 to $10 per
week, and I want to say further that
any man or woman who will endure
that sort of thing is getting every red
cent and more than he or she is enti
Why don't you wake up? Cpme
out of your trance! a
Now, do not tihnk I am simply
ranting to hear the noise I make. I
talk this way in my own local union
at every meeting, nor am I an anar
chist No, I just want people to use
their brains, if they have any, which
I am, at times, constrained to doubt.
Take, or 'her learn, a lesson from
Mother ." s. Say, brothers, there
is a eric u . ,n for you ! Now, I just
want to ask some of our learned and
erudite lawyers and jurists one ques
tion, then I am done:
The state of Illinois wants a law
similar to the federal law, which will
permit picketing. Why?
The federal constitution specifical
ly tells us "the right of free speech
and religions shall not be abridged"
and that we are granted "peaceful
assembly and petition for redress of
"Assembly and petition."
We may either do one or the other
Then, wherefore, any more laws
granting the same things when our
very organic institutions so specifi
cally designates them? C. J. Alston,
720 Tyler St, Gary, Ind., Member
ARMING VESSELS. It seems
that The Day Book has gone over on
the side of the jingos when it claims
that the president is right in arming
merchant vessels ana should use 4ft
force to break the blockade. Besides
it is not quite neutral, either. If the
president thinks it necessary to arm
the vessels now, why was it not nec
essary before, when the U. S. was
shut off from commercial or any
other communication with Germany.
The president will protect the peo
ple's right ontlie high seas. It seems