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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 17, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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on in the frat where I am living.
I haven't known what another man
was since I was married. I hope I
never get the idea. Well, I guess this
is enough. A Constant Reaedr.
Editor Day Book In your issue of
Nov. 11, under the caption of "The
Field Family," you call attention
to the immense tribute being ex
acted from Chicago's two million in
habitants by the representative of
the two grandsons of the late Mar
shall Field, and you end the article
by asking, "But what's the answer?"
In my judgment the greatest dan
ger to the perpetuity of our republi
can form of government lies in the
building up of these immense for
tunes, coupled with the power given
to the individual to manage and con
trol that fortune after death. -
Unless the laws that now not only
permit but encourage the exploita
tion of the' many by the few are re
pealed, and that speedily, this nation
will become a nation of wage-earning
slaves, governed and controlled
absolutely by a few multi-millionaires.
We are fast approaching that
condition. All lines of industry, mer
chandising, railroad and steamboat
lines, banks, factories, mines and
public utilities are owned and con
trolled by a comparatively small
group of individuals. The farm is
yet Iree, but sooner or later the sur
plus wealth from these great for
tunes will be invested there; monop
oly of land will follow and "our en
slavement became complete.
Until the individual is deprived of
the power of controlling property af
ter death, in other words, until all
statutes giving and granting the pow
er of passing property by will, are
forever repealed, and the amount
that can pass by descent is limited,
just so long will trusts and monopo
lies thrive and fortunes like Marshall
Field's be created. Had Marshall
Field known that immediately upon
his death all the property of which
he died possessed in excess of one
million dollars would have reverted
at once to the State of Illinois is it
reasonable to suppose he would have
continued to exploit the public and
pay his employes starvation wages
in order that he might pile up dol
lars lie could not hold?
In the answer to that question, I
believe, you will find the answer to gr
your own.
A disease, deep-rooted and danger
out, requires a drastic remedy. Pal
liatives will not avail. To eradicate
crime, remove the temptation. To
stop the building of gigantic for
tunes, with their attendant trusts,
and monopolies, remove the lncen-J
tive by depriving the individual of the"
power of bequeathing unlimited
wealth. Geo. L. Hilliker.
Editor Day Book The candidacy
and I sincerely' hope the election of
Judge Marcus A. Kavanagh as
mayor would mean a new era for Chi
cago, a reversal of conditions long a
disgrace to our great city. It would
mean a government as near ideal as
one man could possibly make it. It
would be a government administered
by a sVxmg masterful courageous
man, who wears no collar news
paper clique or man's; a man with
strong convictions as to right or
wrong and the courage of those con
victions. A man whose career-as a
soldier, jurist and citizen one may
well envy.
Judge Kavanagh as mayor of Chi
cago would mean that the political
parasites who milk the tax payers,
the leeches who have lived off the
people of Chicago for years, would
become extinct and special privilege
would become a thing of the past It
would be an era of reform, not the
fake reform of the professional re
former (A costly proposition by the"
way!) but an honest, sincere effort to
create conditions to suit the needs of
the taxpayer, and- the people and I
sincerely trust that the next mayor
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