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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN. Saloons and 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 against prohibition. 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 ers. 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 his beer; they can compel him to sell no beer but a particular brand; and through their organization they can put any saloon keeper out of business who 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 do 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 ta.a vice resort, and controls the lease Qr owns the building or furniture, is a business partner of the keeper of the' resort Not many saloonkeepers get rich. The rich ones are the exception, not the rule. Jtich brewers are the rule not the exception. They play a cinch game. 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 has degener ated. There is no question. about that. But much of that 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 extra nickels. 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 political game. And the saloonkeeper has to stand all the odium of the business. My Friend. I would not have my friend favor me to my brother's 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 me. I would not have my friend re-form me. I would have my friend keep my friendship and let me re-form myself. My personality is sacred. Hands off. 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 any rule 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. I 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 am strong. I cannot expect more of her. o o Chicago has about 600 moving pic ture theaters, with a daily attendance of 500,000 persons.