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THE BI&INS 'OF WORK
By Berton Braley;.
Ixtalked-of "common workmen" ( and .of all our, "unskilled, labor,"
And I patronized 'the skilled ones in a condescending way,
I looked upon the masonj-who','.it ha'pepned, was my neighbor
As a very common; person Iwho was' working by the diff ; ' ',
.Yet I spoke "with awe, of people of "remarkable attainment"
(Who had. won'-a legal, battle br-a literary .prize)
But I, never really sayvied wha .the .workman's, kind ofbrairi' meant
Till "I tried to' toil a-littlerand I suddenly was wise. " '
For I planned tQ build ahencpop and a sortofi heater to it
With somer simple pipe connections an,d a very simple drain,
lY.et I puttered and. I spluttered when I-started in to do it .
And I botched the business plenty spife of all my stress'and strain;
iThenl hired a "common' workman" of the sort that I.had slighted,
And-'he lbpked TnyTienhouse oyer anclhe smole a gentle smile,
'And with quick and, certain labor ,all my awful breaks were righted,'1
And the job was swiftly finished 'in a smart and proper style.
So learned-my little lesson, which is. very plain for seeing
That to size a fellow justly you -must-take him at his trade,
And the man you've often'sneered at as "almost a human being"
May do many -sorts of thinking which' you, never have essayed;
Digging ditches has its.brainwork there's a knack in swinging
shov'ei; . ' '
' There's aiotof cerebration 'in an ordinary job,
So the ordinary workman, though he's living in a hovel;
May "be just as keen-as you are andyou needn't be a snob !
' o o -
taken in diluted form would
give "the earth to those who are
willing- to use it. This would' be
the result of taxing into the pub
lie treasury the full rental value
of the 'land itself, leaving im
provements and personal , prop
erty -free 'of taxation. '
For a "man who has been in his
grave a number of years, Henry
George is a fairly influential citi
zen of .the worldr-' . .
"One of the dead but sceptered
Who still rule us from their
-' 'unis." ' T '
SINGLE TAX SWEEP
The coming electidn-for prov
incial parliament in'Ontario will
be fought out on the single tax
issue, which is becoming im
mensely popular in Canada:. Al
ready they have the lanci -Value
tax in several cities of British
Columbia, Alberta and Saskatch
wan. But those are fiew coun
tries. Ontario is the4firsl of 'the
old communities to consider this
.The single tax jn its pUrity
and almost everywhere it' is yet