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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 30, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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town instead of for the loop business
I think the people of Chicago would
be foolish to vote that money for sub
ways until they "find a way to get a
council that can enforce service on
the street railways we have now. If
they can't get service under the
agreement they now have, it's a cinch
they won't get it after giving that 55
per cent back to the companies. A
street railway's promise to the public
jsn t worth a tinker s dam. No prom
ise will be kept except under compulsion.
Editor Day Book: As a reader of
The Day Book I have been interested
in the various articles appearing
J4 therein, touching on the remedies for
the Industrial conditions existing in
this country and particularly in the
report of the proceedings of the gov
ernmental commission's investiga
tion. I may be wrong, I probably am, but
to me it seems a deliberate attempt to
throw dust in the eyes of the people.
The cause of the trouble is as plain
as the sun at noonday. Let me il
lustrate: As a boy, you have no
doubt taken a ball of wet snow and
commenced rolling it In a short
time it had grown and grown, gather
ing every moment larger and larger
quantities, until soon everything in
sight was in its grasp.
What was true of the wet snowball
is true of a fortune so large that the
owner cannot use the income for the
support of himself and family. I
mean that there is an excess over and
above all his needs. This surplus is
reinvested, and with every reinvest
ment, like every roll of the snowball,
the surplus becomes larger, until to
day the banks, railroads, coal and
iron and copper mines and public util
ities of all kinds are in the hands and
under the control of a very iew in-
The field for individual human en
deavor grows ever smaller and small
er. The mass of the people are wage
earners, and women and children are
forced into the offices, factories and
mines to eke out a miserable, precar
ious existence, while all the time
these great fortunes, this turning
snowball, grows larger and larger.
What is the remedy? - '
I will concede to every man the
right to gather unto himself all of
money, property and wealth that he
or his family or friends can use dur
ing his or their lives, but no man has
the physical power and he never
should be given the legal power to
control, when dead, the things that
are necessary to the health, happi
ness and welfare of the living.
Here is the remedy: Wipe off our
statute books the right to make wills.
Provide by law that when a man dies
his. property to the amount of say
$500,000 shall descend to his heirs,
the balance shall revert to the state
in which it is located.
This would not be confiscation,
neither would it tend to discourage
individual effort A man would "have
the same incentive to provide for
himself and family, but he would give
it to them in his lifetime, and when
he had enough he would quit The '
incentive for keeping the snowball
turning would be taken away. C. L.
Hilliker, 850 Waveland Av.
Editor Day Book: Referring to
Jack Robbins inquiry in The Day
Book relative to "Harold Wray," the
history of this poor, unfortunate boy
as related by Robbins and the an
swers given in seven out of twelve
cases is a sad and tragic commentary
on, the hellish system "under which we
exist and some of the ignoramuses
that are responsible for it t
This case is but one of. thousands
where boys and girls are perverted
from" their natural selves and human
impulses 'by the. envirqnment in
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