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TtSJTO THF. LAKE BECAUSE "TOO OLD"
When Robert Mooney jumped into the lake at Congress street he was
fished out. Then he explained why he had done it.
"I am out of work. When I asked for jobs they laughed at me and said
I was too old. Ian64," he said.
"They" said that-because "they" had the old conception of "business,"
the selfish, greedy notion which made them covet the larger margin of
profit to be made by exploiting the labor of youth.
If "business" means-nothing more than that employment should be
for the largest possible enrichment of employers, then "they" were right,
and the lake or the poorhouse was the "place for men like poor old Robert.
But is such "business" the kind of business that humanity most needs?
If it is, then let us frankly face the fact that somehow it must pay for
Us human discards and not selfishly shuffle the cost of their keep upon the
-Community at large.
If it is; if its great objective is always to be the enrichment of the fittest
or luckiest few, then let's promptly tax these favored few to provide hu
mane places of refuge for the old men and old women whom their greed:
has squeezed dry.
All over the land great and rich corporations are enacting age limit
rules, based on the belief that workers over 40 to 45 aren't good fatteners
of dividends. They demand the right to take their pick in the prime period
for exploitation. ' .
If this right is to be conceded ; if this, policy of efficiency is to be recog
nized and allowed as best for the men who run the business, then in com
mon justice let's make them pay for the privilege and pay roundly pay so
well that no human cast-off who has given the best years of his life to the
enrichment of others shall, in his old age, be left stranded and hopeless, a
worse victin; of others' greed than were the aged negroes during slavery
times who, being, property, at least got food, clothing, shelter and as much
care as was given to other aniihals.
But of course such "business" isn't business at all; it's simply a con
ventional form of piracy.
Real business is human service! the service of the many rather than
the few. And its profit, is in welfare rather than in selfish wealth.
When we once get through bur heads this finer conception of business
there won't be any Robert Mooneys jumping into the lake; they'll be too
busy serving their brethren. '
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pickles and 10 stuffed olives. Put
through fine meat grinder 10 drops of
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- Miss Eleanor Wilson, at 24, will be
a wife, step-mother to 6 children,
mother-in-law to two and step-grandmother
to one, when she marries Sec
retary of the Treasury McAdoo.
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