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CHURCH ACTION KILLS
HIGH PRICE OF COAL,
Dean Walter T. Sumner of the
'Cathedral of SS. Peter and'Paul,
"between caifching burglars and
prosecuting professional beggars,
has developed into a "trust bus
ter," and has put a stop to t"he ex
tortion coal dealers have practic
ed on the poor of the West Side
, during the cold weather.'",
Dealers have been charging
from 25 to 35 cents a basket for
coal, and the baskets contain less
than a hundred pounds. This is
the only way many of these peo
ple can buy coal, for'that is all the
money they can scrape together
at one time.
Consequently, Dean Sumner
received numerous complaints.
Then ways and means of "bust
ing the trust'' were considered.
The dean talks about the dangers
of fire and, well-er-er brimstone.
But he finally came to the con
clusion that in this instance pro
viding fire without vthe brim
stone was the solution. The
church opened' a coal yard.
Baskets of fuel were sold, for
10 cents. The dealers howled.
But the dean's coal yard got the
business, and the people got the
coal, which was more to the.point.
Hundreds of them appeared the
first day. And this wasn't exact
ly charity on the paft of the
church, for it made a nominal
profit at 10 cents a-basket.
At present the church is not
doing much of a coal business.
The dealers saw the 'light, and
down went the price. -The. church
had accomplished its object, and
the coal men afe'n t wavering, for
they know the dean is ready to
compete'with them again at any
time. During the time of Its oper
ation, the dean's coal yard 'only
sold about 25 tons of coal. By the
time that Was; gone the dealers
had' brought their charges within
Now, if the dean would only
go into the butter business, or the
packing industry, or try ticket
scalping, life might be'worth liv
WHY DON'T WE SAY IT?
DEAR ME. MR jOflES, j
HOYT YOU SMELL OF I
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Bombing tHe higher-ups 'in
China ! Those heathen are catch
ing up with modem civilization
Every overcount in the recent
census was west, of Mississippi.
Don't need it in the east It's too
crowded, already. n
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