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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Saloons arid Breweries. The anti
saloon fight has been making tre
mendous headway in recent years,
and it is quite generally believed we
will soon have a national fight for and
The chief beneficiaries of all of the
saloon evils the men who get the
hog end of the saloon profit haven't
come in for their share-of the .pound
ing. I refer to the brewers.
Most of the brewers are rich,
prominent and eminently respectable.
Most of the saloonkeepers are little
more than hired clerks "for the brew
Many saloonkeepers are set up in
business by brewers, who own the
leases and bar fixtures, control the
licenses and have the saloonkeepers
at their mercy.
They can fix the price, the 'saloon
keeper must pay for-hisbeer; they
can compel him to self no beer but
a particular brand;, and through their
organization theycan piif any saloon
keeper out of business Tvho gets in a
row with the brewery that owns him.
The saloonkeepers don't-. advertise ;
" hence they have no standing in the
newspapers.- The brewers th) adver
tise; and they do have standing with
the papers. They also, have high so
cial standing, because of their wealth.
Yet'any brewer who is selling beer
to a vice resort, and controls' the. lease
or owns the building or furniture, is
a business partner of thelieeper of
Not many saloonkeepers', get rich.
The rich''ones are the exception,, not
the rule. Rich brewers are the rule,
not the exception. They play a cinch
They permit the unionization of
their employes, and then, call on un
ion labor to help them vote wet. Then
they join hands with other big em
ployers of labor to crush unionism.
The- average saloon hasdegener
ated. There is no question about tfiat.
But much of ttiat degeneration is due
to the greed of the brewers, and. the
fact that small wages (or profits)
drive saloonkeepers to resort to all
possible expedients to rake in a few
The average saloonkeeper may not
know it,, but he is a low wage victim
himself a slave to the brewer. And
nearly every saloon, is a political cen
ter from which is played the brewer's
And the saloonkeeper has to stand
all the odium of the business.
My Friend. I would not have my
friend favor me to my brothers loss.
I would not have my friend tell me
how I should live, wHat I should
think, what I should do.
I would have my friend, to be satis
fied when I live my life in my way,
and still be my friend.
I would have my friend love me in
such manner. that he would want me
to develop' to the highest the best
that is in jne. .
I would not have my friend re-form
I would have my friend keep,..my
friendship' and let me re-form" myself.
My personality is sacred. Hands
Faithfulness. I shall not be faith
ful to my wife because any man liv
ing or dead shall say to., me "Thou
shalt" or "Thou shalt not."
Or because of anyrule laid down;
or of any definition; or of anything
printed in books. ;
If I love her and she- loves me,
neither of -us can be inferior or su
perior. .1. cannot make "the law for
her or she 'for me. The only law for
love is love.
If I love my wife, I will be governed
by my love. I will be as square as I
I cannot expect more of h'er.
Chicago has about 600 moving pic
ture theaters; with .a: daily attendance
of 600;60b persohs. -