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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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Small Business Men. I was pleas
ed to note that the retail butchers
and other small business men were
taking up the fight for their custom
ers against the greed of the Big Busi
ness hogs who have been raising
prices without reason and giving the
war as an excuse. v
Possibly some day all small busi
ness men the butchers, grocers and
other retailers will learn that
THEIR interests are with the work
ing class and all consumers their
customers rather than with Big
Business and the bankers.
The tendency of Big Business in
recent years has been toward making
the retail merchant a mere clerk,
making their profit a sure thing and
his a gamble, with most of the odium
growing out of the high cost of liv
ing falling on the retailer.
There are few employers and many
employes. There are mighty few mer
chants who could live off the ricbr
alone. The steady trade of the many
is the best trade. Yet there has been
too much catering to the rich, who,
as a rule, are slowest when it comes
to paying their bills.
The retail merchant ought to be
able to see that he is interested in
high wages and short working hours.
If an employer already rich can in
crease his profits by holding wages
down he won't buy any more food,
clothing or shelter.
But if his several hundred employes
can get an advance in wages, nearly
every dollar of increase will go to the
merchants. He is interested in in
creased purchasing power of the
many rather than in increased riches
of the few who are already rich.
Yet you will find many retail mer
chants trailing along behind the lead
ership of the jobbers and manufac
turers they buy from, and hence
work for, and often fighting the in
terests of employes who are their
best customers,
The big financial hogs of Chicago
have no Interest at all hi the work
ing class except to get the money
the workersearn, leaving th& work
ers barely enough for an existence.
And every time they squeeze the
workers they squeeze the retailers.
Politics and War. Politicians who
get all het up over the game because
they want office may not understand
why it is hard work getting the peo
ple generally excited over the game
just now.
But there's a reason. Politics is war
and does fairly well to amuse men
when there's nothing else doing. But
with the real thing going on over in
Europe the local political war looks
too tame.
I have a notion that there is no
class of news that interests as few
people as the political news about the
scramble of men for office. The office
holders are interested, of course; and
they succeed in interesting their
friends and relatives.
f But the general run of people who
are working for their living don't care
a hoot what happens in the scramble
lor jobs at the political pie counter.
Many people learned long ago that
the only difference between Demo
cratic and Republican office-seekers
exists before election. Once they get
in you can't see the difference with
the naked eye and even a microscope
wouldn't leave much chance for a dif
ference of opinion.
The job-getting' part of politics is
a business with most of those who
play the game a' business in which
there is mightly little profit for the
If the rival candidates start a real
scrap, tlien folks will take notice, of
course just as they would take no
tice of a good-dog fight But it's an
uninteresting war when the real thing
is on even if the real thing is over
in Europe.
i ;
Ottawa. Newspapers of- Franca
suffering rom aper'tamlne, '..

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