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CLEAR, CRISP AND CLEAN
In this campaign they can't send for
Walter Parker and fix It all up.
After election some reformer might
start an agitation for a safe and sane
Aviation meets have at last reached
the point -where they break more rec
ords than bones.
Tip to ro.il estate men: A lawyer
now in public life will be looking for
a suite of offices soon.
Weather forecast for Nov. 8: Cloudy
and much warmer for a lot of South
ern Pacific push candidates.
Gillo.tt's eighteen-million-dollar road
plan might make an easy road for
sonic politicians to affluence.
Has Walter Parker's undertaking
plant prepared itself for an extra rush
of business on November 8?
And about what majority would
Chairman Avery say Ilartwell and
Fredericks are likely to have?
"Supervisors will protect Santa Mon
ica course for road race." Are they
afraid somebody will run into it and
Fredericks' replies to Woolwine, it
must be admitted, are convincing. They
convince voters that he ought to be
The political campaign in Philadel
phia must be a hot one when the lat
est news about the Athletics is already
relegated to the sporting pages.
It is distressing to thinl: of the
emotions of Hetty Green when she
learna that her son Edward pure:
15,000 postal cards in St. Louis.
San Francisco is to have an aviation
meet. There should be a special prize
for the man who climbs California
street without the use of a cable.
Tammany will use moving pictures
against Roose elt, but will probably
»md that Teddy can move a little
faster than any films on the mark. t.
The grafters and rich lawbreakers of
Ban Francisco want Judye L awl or kept
off the supreme bench. What more
need bo said?
i'^or a man who was too busy at first
to answer Wool wine, Captain Freder
icks has suddenly found a lot of time
The district attorney ia no.v c
ing that he .saved the state $20.i 0
on something or other. No use talking
•—ho is a reincarnation of Frederick the
Even the Automobile Club
000,000 bonding schema for roads. J!' it
has an; 11 'hty quiet
Mi,-s Anne Morgan, di ol J.
Flerpont, denies that she will marry
Don Jaime, the Spanish pretender. The
:n family have no v.5..: for in
surgents of any kind.
The St. i. ils Globe-Democrat,
prods the cen .i foi not an
nouncing the count of i.os An
ought to give tho bureau a rta
time to cat h Its breath afl
The Nome gold camp haa no I ci
opportunities for tiio Individual
peetor, ihi btj Interest ) ■
thing. The poor ■
chance nowaday! lasts only until Hie
rich man gets bis eye on it.
LORIN A. HANDLEY FOR
I 11/" E TRUST that our readers have
IV read with some care the varl
ous reports of the speeches of
L/orin A. Handley, Democratic candi
date for congress from this district,
published in our columns during- the
present campaign. By publishing from
time to time Mr. Handler's utterances
The Herald hns given him an oppor
tunity of showing to its readers not
only what he stands for, but also the
extent to which he hns been a student
of those problems oC government which
congressmen will be called on to pass
upon during the next few years. All
who have carefully read Mr. Hand
ley's speeches must have become con
vinced of two things: First, that he
has given more intelligent attention to
studying the problems of government
which are of most interest to the peo
ple of the United States at the pres
ent time than has any man who has
offered himself for congress In this dis
trict for many years. In fact, not
within the last twenty years has a can
didate for congress been offered to the
voters of this district who is so fully
nnd Intelligently informed upon public
issues and governmental matters as is
Mr. Handley. Second, his utterances
have also shown that as a result of
his studies he has taken positions
upon these various important Issues
that must recommend him to every
intelligent, thoughtful citizen.
It Is probably unfortunate that in
electing our representatives in con
gress we give too little attention to
the opportunities which the candidates
have had to acquaint themselves with
the matters concerning which they
will bo called upon to legislate. In
other countries of the world, notably
in England and Germany, men are se
lected for legislative positions with
reference to their knowledge of polit
ical and governmental conditions and
interests. As a result, in both the Eng
lish and German legislative bodies,
many men occupy positions who have
been lifelong students of government,
and especially of the government of
their own country. Many of these men
are college professors, selected be
cause their lives have been devoted to
the sciences of economics and gov
ernment as taught in the great schools
of those countries.
The selection by the Democrats of
New Jersey of Dr. Woodrow Wilson,
president of one of the great univer
sities of the country, as their candidate
for governor, may be taken as one ex
pression of the fact that the people
of our own country are becmlng more
alive to selecting men for public posi
tions who have devoted their lives to
the study of the science of government
In its various branches.
The selection of Professor Handley
for congress from this district would
be another expression of the desire of
voters to place in public positions men
who have made a life work of study-
Ing the duties, responsibilities and ob
ligations of those positions and the
various matters upon which they will
be caled upon to act in their capaci
ties of public officials.
If the congress of the United States
was gone over today and the peculiar
fitness of each member of it for the
position which he occupies carefully
canvassed, it would probably be shown
that nine-tenths of them had been ta
ken from the positions of attorneys,
merchants, manufacturers, etc., posi
tions in the course of which they had
given little or no attention to the sci
ence of government and to the vari
ous important governmental matters
on which they would be called upon to
pass, and transferred to the position
of national legislators where they are
called upon to deal with matters to
which they have given in all their lives
little or no consideration.
Should Professor Hundley he elected
to congress the people who elect him
would have the satisfaction of know
ing that they would be represented in
the national legislature by a man who
for years has devoted all the powers
of a mental ability very much above
the average to informing himself upon
the very matters concerning which he
would be called upon to legislate as a
member of the national legislative
body. It would be a refreshing- in
stance of a man being intrusted with
public duties who had given some- care
nnd time to informing himself as to
what those duties- were before he un
dertook to discharge them.
For several years Mr. Handley has
devoted his time and Intelligence with
out stint to the cau • of better gov
ernment in» this city, nnd if elected to
congress his constituents will have the
satisfaction of knowing that they arc
represented In that body at this most
critical time In it career of our coun
try by a man of the highest ideals in
public affairs, of unusual ability, of
profound information on public ques
tions and of unimpeachable integrity.
TTTE arc unable fully to understand
WE the motives fully to understand
the motlvei and the methods of
' ' Borne of the managers and
newspapers behind Hiram Johnson in
their campaign of detraction against
Theodore Bell. In their own candidate
they ought to be able to find enough
virtues to make a strong bid for popu
lar support, but that kind of campaign
seems to have been forsaken for an
other whose keynote la a manifest de
sire to undermine Bell's support by
blackening his character or painting
him as the consort of men considered
enemies of clean government.
For example, Mr. Johnson recently
went to Xapa, Mr. Bell's home town,
and used this language concerning
There, ye men of Xapa, stands
Pat Calhoun; there stands Abo
Ruef; there stands George A.
Knight, the Southern Pacific at
torney; there stands William P.
Herrin; there stands lii« handy
man, Jere Burke, and there with
them .stands my Democratic op
ponent, Here stands one man,
Choose, ye men of Napa!
Not an iota of proof or. of circum
stantial Incident was given to sustain
LOS ANGELES HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 3, 1010.
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these harsh words against Bell to his
neighbors, who know how consistently
and fearlessly he has fought the evils
of machine rule for a dozen years and
through a period when it wasn't fash
ionable or profitable to attack the
powerful Southern Pacific.
Mr. Johnson stands on a platform to
day made possible only by the heroic
work of Theordore Bell in past years.
Instead of abuse Bell ought to receive
gratitude for the path he blazed for
this year's Insurgent movement and
the conscience he roused to its support.
Our conviction is that Johnson would
mako more votes by an honest acknowl
edgment of what he owes to Bell than
by his words of detraction.
When a leader sets bo bad an ex
ample not much better can be ex
pected of his followers. So it is not
surprising to find the San Francisco
Bulletin, usually a fair paper, taking
the cue and reeling off such as this:
Walter Parker, chief political
agent of the Southern Pacific com
pany in Southern California, is
actively at work in behalf of Theo
dore Bell. The said "Walter Parker
always gets his orders direct from
"Boss" Herrin, and does nothing
until he receives those orders.
The Herald has kept moderately well
informed on political matters in South
ern California this year. It does not
doubt that Herrin and Parker feel bit
tor against Johnson, who has slammed
them hard for many months past. It
is even prepared to believe that they
hate Bell less, for they have gotten
used to his philippics and up to this
campaign did not take him with entire
seriousness, believing themselves too
strongly entrenched to fear his at
But that they are in any organized
movement in behalf of Bell, or that he
is conscious of it, if such an improb
able condition exists, The Herald re
fuses absolutely to believe. It refuses
both because it knows Bell and his rec
ord and because there is not a sign
that Walter Parker is "actively at
work" in his behalf so far as it can see.
Walter Parker's chief concern just
now Is to save for his masters the Re
publican candidates for district attor
ney, coroner, Bheriff and other county
offices, but he Is so shorn of power that
the forces of clean government no
longer fear him. The governorship is
lost to the Southern Pacific with either
Bell or Johnson elected. But the ma
chine can bo rebuilt if Parker can save
the county offices by the re-election of
Fredericks, Hartwell, et al.
We do not have to go to Boll's par
tisans for refutation of all the ungener
ous and untrue innuendo now aimed at
him. On a very recent day the Ex
press of this city, one of Johnson's
supporter!, made this manly acknowl
edgment concerning Bell:
AN HONEST MAN. LOYAL TO
CALIFORNIA AND HIGHLY CA
PABLE HE WOULD MAKE A
BETTER GOVERNOR BY FAR
THAN THE PEOPLE OF THIS
STATE HAVE KNOWN FOR A
If Bell is "honest" he is not con
sorting with the men and the system
he has denounced for fifteen years
past. If ho is "loyal to California" it
need not be feared that he will betray
her interests, no matter what Herrin
or Parker or Hearst thinks, says or
does. If he would make "a better gov
ernor by far than the people of this
state have known for a generation"
there is only one fit word for what his
By their method of campaign John
son's friends are leaving open to rea
sonable men only one conclusion; They
are convinced of the formidable
strength of Hell and are losing their
heads over the discovery.
It seems thai the loss of Florida
orangei from tha hurricane will bo
about 10 per cent. As the California
fruit Is _."■ per ceni b tteri what per
the mark' i '
uentag* of advantage do we have In
He Can't Produce the Goods
THE HIGHEST BID
AN INTERESTING situation exlslli
in San Mateo county, where throe
supervisors aro accused in a con
fession of Jesse Marks, the go-between,
of bribery in connection ■with the fur
nishing of the court house. It appears
that San Mateo has a sort of solid
three in the board, composed of Joseph
Debendettl, Carl Coburn and Julius
Eikerenkotter. These men railroadad,
or steam-rollered, a contract for fur
niture through the board, and are now
The dramatis personae include the H.
S. Crocker company, furniture dealers;
the aforesaid Jesse Marks, their agent
in "fixing things up"; the aforesaid
solid three, who were "fixed up"; Su
pervisor Mcßain, an honest supervisor
who fought the Crocker company's bid
all the way through because it was far
in excess of the lowest bid, and was
regularly voted down; and District
Attorney Joseph G. Bullock, who draft
ed the furniture contract in favor of
the Crocker company.
It appears that the Crocker company
considered it worth about $6000 to have
the high bid accepted, and decided to
pay the first installment when the
contract was awarded, and the remain
der when the money was paid on the
contract by the county. Mr. Marks,
the agent, has unfolded some of the
interesting details, and the courts will
now take up the case where he left off.
Attorney General Webb has turned
one of his deputies loose on the parties,
and the people of California will take
considerable Interest In following the
matter and learning more about the
way 3in which furniture companies
persuade elected representatives of the
people to vote away the taxes.
SOWING DRAGON'S TEETH
THOUSANDS of employes of the
express companies at New YorK
and Jersey City are on strike,
enormous quantities of perishable
goods are being lost to merchants and
other shippers, violence is becoming
widespread and dangerous and troops
are being hold In readiness for call to
put down the disorder. The men affk
for more pay and shorter hours, which
tli' i ompanlea refuse to grant, even at
a vast cost to themselves that would
pay what is asked many ttmea over.
It would be easier to withhold .sym
pathy in the fight it' it were a case
of disagreement between parties in
which the merits were not already
known beforehand. As It is, while the
disorder may bo deprecated, and Is so
regarded by all good citizens, it is im
possible not to see the justillcation for
a feeling of the greatest bitterness on
the part of the workers.
On one side are the thousands of
men who receive wages which under
present living conditions give them
little if any opportunity to lay any
thing by for adverse days of sickness,
accident or old age. Constantly rising
prices of rent and foodstuffs are cut
ting down their purchasing power. Al
ready for many of them the proper
education of their children is out of
the ojuostion. They must be put to
work as soon as possible.
On the other side is a trust with
gorged treasuries. Last year the Wells-
Fargo company paid 18 per cent divi
dend, and then distributed among Its
stockholders TWELVE MILLION
DOLLARS of accumulated surplus.
The American Express company nets
its shareholders close* to 100 per cent
a year on invested capital, the North
ern earned 3Su per cent in 1909, the
Adams has yiven to its stockholders,
besides fat dlvidonds, THIRTY-SIX
MILLIONS of surplus since 1898.
There is nothing like the greed for
gold to drive all the human sympathy
out of men's hearts. There is nothing
like the need of it to makn Other men
i.ito ;mii i!v< n violent.
The express trust is sowing dragons'
teeth by Its present attitude.
Merely in Jest
A PERMANENT CURE
The various rulings of the commis
sions and departments at Washington
are oftentimes thought to be arbitrary
and unnecessary. No less a personage
than David Starr Jordan joked about
the laws of the international fisheries
"The fish there have no chance," he
lamented; "they have as hard a time
of it as the whites in the interior of
China. A druggist there said to his
clerk one day:
" 'Didn't I see a foreign devil come
out of here as I came down the street?"
" 'Yes, sir," the clerk meekly respond*
cd. 'He wanted a permanent cure for
" 'And you sold him '
" 'Rat poison, sir.' " —Joe Mitchell
Chappie in National Magazine.
Tommy was called upon In the Latin
class to give the principal parts of the
verb "delay." With a blank look upon
his face he nudged his companion and
said, "Say, what is it?"
His schoolmate replied, "Darn if l
Tommy's eyes brightened, and with
a relieved expression on his face he
thundered out, "Darn-if-I-know, darn
if-I-nare, darn-if-1-navl, Harn-if-I
Bix—They've elected you an active
Hicks —Of what?
Blx—Of the Society for the Merging
of Moral Influence.
Hicks—Eh! What's its object?
Bix—lts principal object is to induce
the Leaning Tower of Pisa to straight
en up. Initiation fee 10 cents.—Cleve
land Plain Dealer.
THE RETORT COURTEOUS
"Your hat's a peach basket upside
In scathing tones he ened.
"Of course," she said, without a frown,
"For the peach must be inside."
Far and Wide
SHAMEFUL WASTE OF TIME
"A man in Ohio has trained; a hog
to walk on its bind legs." Why take
■\ll that trouble when the woods are
full of a species of hog possessing nat
urally that accomplishment?— Ric
ABOUT THE RIGHT SIZE
"How Big Should Novels Be?" in
quires the Philadelphia Press. A
great many of them should be so large
that a powerful microscope would tail
to make them visible.—Kansas City
Edward H. R. Green, Hetty's son,
bought 15,000 postal cards in St. Louis
the other day. A fellow with a rich
mother certainly can accomplish
things.—St. Joseph (Mo.) Gazette.
WON'T GO FAR
Mr Wright, Prohibition candidate
for governor of Nebraska, reports
campaign expenses aggregating 10
cents. He got his moneys worth.—
"Lessons in flying, $25 each," is the
advertisement of a St. Louis aviator.
Correspondence courses In aviation
must be about due.—Rochester (N. V.)
Isn't Gen. Charlie Grosvenor, statis
tician extraordinary to the G. O. P.,
rather late this year with his dope?—
EXAMPLE IN MULTIPLICATION
A St Louis man Inherited $3000 and
was dead broke In two days. Gee, 30,
--uuii steins. —Omaha Bee.
IS THIS PAIR TO THE KING?
Portugal's klng-out-of-a-job says he
refuses to abdicate, which proves that
other countries, too, have their "Bal
HAS A GOOD JOB RUNNING HERE
Why couldn't Col. Bryan get a good
job running for president o£ Portugal?
PUBLIC LETTER BOX
TO COKHKSroNDKMf— Letter. Intruded far publication must be accompanied by **••
name aid address of the writer. Tb- Herald »l»e. the widest latltud. to correspondent.,
but aMamei no renpounlblllty for their view. . , •
A JAB AT THE WOMEN
Editor Herald: I am a visitor in
Los Angeles and am delighted with
your enterprise and push us a city.
Permit me to command tho good judg
ment Of the many women who stand
up on the front end of the street cms
Instead of occupying the many vacant
seats on the inside of the car. By so
doing they have the advantage of in
haling tho cheapest kind of cigar
smoke and the odor from the rankest
of pipes, such as they cannot secure
in the home. A VISITOR.
Los Angeles, Cal.
BOX CARS, PILLS AND WATER
Editor Herald: Many will have
laughed over "Dad's" story of the
pills, used to illustrate the box car
I method of extortion, but few probably
i will notice how exactly it is paral
] leled by our city water department,
which charges "so long as the water
is 'on,' " no matter whether you use
it or not. Though 7 cents per 100
cubic feet Is the price, the charge is
75 cents a month, whether you use
1050 feet or 100 feet or none at all.
Los Angeles, Cal.
Kditor Heraldl I fully concur with
your fair and impartial views expressed
in your editorial in reference to. the
Crippen trial. The laxity and petti
foggery in the trial of criminals in this
country are a travesty, a perversion
of Justice and a byword to the nations.
Crippcn's defense was the weakest I
ever road of—a plausible story to
•'avert a scandal."
I repudiate the statements expressed
by M. G. McCaslln in your issue of j
October 28 in behalf of Crippen's mur- !
dered wife. I would deem it beneath i
the dignity of any gentleman to cast
aspersions on her character. Such in
sinuations arc unjustifiable. We must
donl with facts and not hearsay.
Miss Leneve was acquitted for the
lack of sufficient evidence to implicate
her in the crime. She got the full ben
efit of the doubt. Does Mr. McCaslln
consider her a porson of questionable
JUSTICE AND FAIR PLAT.
EDUCATED BUT UNEMPLOYED
Editor Herald: After reading with
Interest the many letters in the Letter
Box column, I too felt as though I
must contribute to such good work.
I was interested in Mr. Berber's letter,
as my case has been practically the
same. We hear people saying every
day, 'Had we had tin opportunity to
get an education life's battle would
not have been so severe." True, some
did not take advantage of possible
education, but I am dealing with those
who did, and, besides, sacrificed many
things to secure an education and yet
got not a chance. I am not alnne in
such a predicament. You may call it
such if you please, but there are many
others in the city of Los Angeles.
A graduate by degree of a four-year
oloctrical engineering course, I came to
Los Angeles to enter the great elec
trical field of Southern California. I
secured a temporary position which
totaled six weeks. Owing to finished
work in this line I was let out, and
with futile efforts since have failed to
land another even with a few good let
ters. Can some suggest a plan?
Los Angeles, Cal. H. J. L.
TOO OLD TO MARRY
Editor Herald: I think C. E. a little
hasty, in condemning the "women gos
sips."' Auld Lang Syne asked for aa
vice. Now If the couple he speaks of
had true love for each other, and no
offense had been committed by cither,
it would require more than Mother
Grundy to keep them apart The
Widow should temper her wrath with
charity. Perhaps the man she married
had never developed his true character
toward women until he felt the owner
ship. It has been my experience that
when man asks woman to marry him
and she wanta to do so, it requires
something stronger tlian neighborhood
gossip to head them off.
Auld Lang Sync-should know that
after a man has passed 70 he is in his
second childhood and could not be
companionable to any one If she
wants to burden herself with a great
care and responsibility I would advise
hrr to marry him, and her journey
through life would moat surely be
dTf 'shea's lonely, with nothing to do
but seek companionship, let her devote
her time to the poor and needy. And
when the journey is ended she will
hoar that still small voice whisper,
"Well done." v- ■Ll'
SOME ARGUMENTS ANSWERED
Editor Herald: "Is it not true.that
today if women urge any moral refoim
they are believed to be honest.' Their
mofives are literally above suspicio
says Mrs. Mary Caswell In a morning
paper of Saturday.
Undoubtedly women's interest in
moral reform is above suspicion. The
world confesses that fact with no lit
tle pride that the mothers of the race
have the wellfare of their neighbors
as well as themselves at heart. Woman
wants clean cities, she wants pure
food, she wants fresh air and warm
clothing for children, she wants fan
play to her children and all other
children of the world. She wants, in
short, to see decency and fair play
prevail in every part of public and
private life. Mrs. Caswell has put
the worth publicly of woman most
aptly And when women find that
their power in reform goes so far ana
no farther until they have the ballot
they with characteristic persistency
seek for woman that vote which will
further her influence in general re
toMrs. Caswell dreads to see women
given the ballot for fear that political
bosses will make short work of wage
earning women. They have not suc
cessfully downtrodden the wage-earn
ing man. Then why the wage-earn
Again Mrs. Caswell Infers that Cali
fornia will be sadly off Indeed if the
ignorant women add their vote to
that of the ignorant men of our state.
Keally, are there so hopelessly many
of either ignorant men or women in
our state? What, then, has become
of the cream of the eastern and mid
dle states that have come to our
shores to merge their vote with ours.'
What, indeed, has become of tho thou
sands upon thousands of students of
our colleges and universities who have
remained In their own state to make
their future successes? Are we so be
nighted a land that a large vote m
worse than a small and select one?
Mrs. Caswell is pessimistic about
the number of immoral women that
are tolerated within our boundaries.
In comparison with other states there
are really not so many that they
would streak with venom the vote of
the women of California. The vote of
bad men has not altogether dominated
tills state. Why, then, the alarm
about the bad women of California/
BESS MUNN. .
Los Angeles, Cai
AN OLD LEGAL MAXIM
Editor Horald: I have often heard
It said that one of the rules used In
the practk'o of law is: If you hava
no case, abuse tho opposing counsel.
Doesn't this tit Hiram Johnson and
his abuse of Bell in tne last few
weeks? Let voters think this over
carefully. ELMER H. JOHNSON.
Los Angeles, Cal.
OLD AGE PENSIONB
Editor Herald: I wish you would
see if something cannot be done by
this grout city for its old men (like
myself) that cannot got work, though
capable, on account of the ago limit
lately adopted by all the stores, be
cause they think it up to date to have
young faces about.
Tills subject of employment inter
ests me very much. The Paul Beiger
caso came right home to me. I have
been there, and quite recently, and
am not satisfactorily settled yet.
A German told me a while ago that
all men over 60 in Germany are not
killed, as Dr. Osier suggested, but aro
pensioned off by the government and
don't have to work any more. This
pension money Is raised by a tax of
:!5 cents per week on every man,
woman and child from the time thcy>
I commence working. Now the fund
] has grown so that the Interest sup
ports all the old men in the empire!
Can we not have the same here?
Los Angeles, Cal.
OPPOSES BOND ISSUE
Editor Herald: In view of the fact
I that we have endured so much at the
! hands of the "solid three" selt'-pro
j viders of the board of supervisors,
! wouldn't it be ridiculous to vote $18,
--■ (WO,OOO for good roads all outside our
i own county and for which our county
must pay one-fourth of the principal
and more than one-fourth of the inter
est covering a period of 50 yearn,
which principal under certain auspices
might be more skillfully exploited for
private ends and aims than has been
the mse above referred to?
If the state is going to bond Itself
for the iprovement of its roads let her
legislators frame an impartial "square
deal" measure under provisions pro
viding reasonable protection against
In view of the apparent attempt to
do an injustice to this end of the state,
if we do not qualify the attempt by a.
stronger term, many intend, as does
the writer, to vote against the exposi
tion bonds as well as the good road
issue as a rebuke to such dastardly
Speed the day when such impositions
shall no longer be attempted.
ROBERT NIMMO, JR.
LAND VALUES THE OBSTACLE
Kdltor Herald: A writer in The Her
ald takes exception to that portion of
an article written by mo wherein I
warned the wealthy and Intelligent
people of this country from the coming
storm of Socialism, with Its slavery.
While claiming that he is not a So
cialist, he seemingly advocates tho
claim of socialism in saying that "So
cialism seeks to put an end to indus
trial slavery to Improve the condition
of the worker," etc. He also quotes
from Allen L. Benson, the noted So
cialist author, showing what rapid
strides New Zealand has made toward
Socialism, by the government furnish
ing cheap transportation for the benefit
of a lot of land owners, which action
seems to meet with my critic's unquali
fied approval; he thinking, perhaps,
that such cheapening of transportation
could and would benefit the laborer,
the actual producer of wealth.
I have read lately an Auckland news
paper which showed conclusively that
under the present socialistic regime tho
condition of the laborer was gradually
growing worse, while that of the land
owner was constantly growing better,
and as proof it showed that wages
there were from 25 to 50 per cent less
than is paid for the same kind of
labor in the city of Los Angeles; and,
further, that land values and rents
were advancing from 25 to 100 per
cent annually. If my critic were not
a Socialist, wasting his time dreaming
of castles in the air, or probably a
land owner wishing the worker to play
the part of a monkey in pulling his
creap transportation chestnuts out of
the fire, he would know better. As
long as laVid values and rents go up
faster than wages. It makes no differ
ence to the laborer whether the price
of commodities goes to par or zero:
because if invention to save labor, of
which we approve, should become so
perfect that labor was not needed, then
the laborer owning no land upon which
to employ himself ,and having nothing
but labor to sell, and that not wanted,
would pither have to get off the earth
or under it; and it would be well if
every one in this country, from a pres
ident who says "God knows," minis
ters who can see the flash of a red
light a mile off and can smell the
breath of a toper around a block, but
who practically do nothing to benefit
the laborer, down the line to tho most
ignorant labor union leader, could see
and appreciate the truth of tho above
statement. A minister of New Zea
land's cabinet, lately, seeing that such
Socialistic measures could not possibly
benefit the laborer, and that only by
taking land's unearned increment could
the worker obtain the full product of
his labor, resigned his office in prefer
ence to being a member of such an
Incompetent ministry. As to whether-
Socialism would mean slavery or not, I
will give the opinion of two leading So-*
"The social ownership of the means
of production, distribution and ex
change would destroy private property
"The freedom of the laborer to work
when and as he will is impossible under
any system."—Karl Kautsky.
Los Angeles, Cal.
When In my days of early youth
October to Its ena drew nigh
My chums and I would plan, forsooth.
To sot our neighbors' world awry.
On Halloween— portentlous name!—
We'd malic a topsy-turvy land;
But ah, alas! whene'er It came
We never did the deeds we planned!
Old Deacon Graft's I see again,
A square, brick house so grim ana strange!
I call to mind our councils when
We'd let our youthful fancies rang*
And plan a "tick-tack" on his pane—
A daring deed, a prospect grand!—
But plotting always proved In vain,
We never did the deeds we planned!
And I recall the preacher's slelfth,
A heavy, o)d, home-mado affair,
Which every year we'd "think" away
Hid in a deep ravine somewhere;
But though we'd labor to the oost
Of skin and breath, 'twould always stand
A monument to effort lost—
We never did the deeds we planned!
Sometimes a parent spoiled our fun,
Sometimes we got a whistled cue
To leave before the task was done;
And ao escaped the 'tanning" due. *
Fate, I>uck, or Chance —I do not know
Just which it was that stayed our hand,
Hut I'm assured this much Is no—
We never did the deeds we plannedl
—Charles C, Jonti la Puok.