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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 26, 1912, Image 11

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What makes the -cost af living
Listen to this:
At a recent meeting'of the Am
erican Specialty Manufacturers
Association, consisting of manu
facturers of food stuffs, whole
sale and retail grocers, Salomon
Westerfeld, a Chicago retailer,
speaking for the grocerymen;
charged that the high, cost-of-living
was due to the following-seven
causes: - 5
Expensive flats; -Automobiles;
Swell clothes; Domestics; Tele
phones; Poodle dogs-; The de
mand that all groceries bedeliv
ered.. ' f
"When the good -matron quits
dropping a nickel in the telephone
every time she 'wants a loaf, of
bread, when she fires her kitchen
mechanic and starts- doing the
work herself, when she makes, her
sealskin coat last two winters in
stead of one, When she-moes-into
a flat that costs $25 'a month in
stead of $75, when -she is able to
pay. the groceryman promptly
instead of being three, mouths-in
arrears, when she takes her mar
ket basket on her arm and goes
out after the groceries for the
family when these things come
to pass the high cost of living will
become a nightmare," said West
erfeld. History repeats itself. Adam
blamed Eve for his misfortune.
And that seems to be considered
sufficient excuse for hanging the
high,cost o.food an'd everything
else on woman's .shonldersr for-.
getting that the housewife is.the
one who suffers the most. How
ever, it might be that excuse as
Nvell as any other, for the people
feel they know who is to blame.
As for 'the 7 causes listed,
Westerfeld forgets that present
food prices hit everything in the
eating and drinking line, so that
every extra mouth to feed is an
added burden that must if possi
ble be got rid of to insure exist
ence. Automobiles, domestics, tele
phonesand poodle-dogs, all have
big appetites, and are absolutely
useless, if not fed. So the only
homes that can sp'ort them today
may be .those of Association
.members, who, being in on the.
giuunu uuur, nave tne msiae.
track of the nennlp frhpv rrit-iricn
Peoplemust be prodded into
thinking, and there is no quicker
'way to force ihem into action
than to out them on starvation re-
iions through prohibitive prices.
j.. v-n.eu uwu aim an empty
stomach provide not only room"
for serious thought, but induce a
craving for action that will lead
to future'freedom from the pres
ent causes of human suffering.
' That country is the rich-
est which nourishes the
greatest v number of noble
and happy Jiuman beings
The loud laugh may bespeak
thervacant mind, but that is bet
ter than .the no-laugkat-ail,
which-bespeaks the .vacant hear ;

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