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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 10, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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The people don't seem to have any
Idea of the pursuit they have taken in
regards to drugs. Every man has
some way to admit a certain amount
of poison to his system which every
system requires a certain amount of.
It may be in such a mild form as cof
fee, wine, whisky or anything that
will relieve the nerves. They are
more than two-thirds of the people of
this country that are drug users of
some kind. Talk about abolishing
crime. History will never know so
much crime as will be in the future
caused by the abolishment of drugs.
- W. M. Morris, 3519 Vernon av.
CREEL'S SPEECH Socialist and
labor union leaders claim that the
capitalist press colors and misrepre
sents news regarding these move
ments. The "kept press" generally
deny this. On Sat., March ti, the
Daily News and The Day Book each
had a report of the speech of George
Creel in the Sherman house.
The Daily News' article as printed
is given here: "The four chief causes
of the social unrest are: Disregard of
the law by employers and employes;
attitude of the course which place
property rights above human rights;
unfair distribution of the products of
labor; low wages; and the greatest of
these is low wages.
"Low wages; wages insufficient to
allow a man to live in a healthy and
sane fashion may be found at the
bottom of most of the troubles of
most of the states now in the grip of
the social unrest. When we read of
lawless acts committed in such states
as California, Colorado, New Jersey
anu west Virginia, wuere buuiui uu
W rest is now or has been lately so com
mon, it is always the employes or
the ex-employes who are committing
the lawless acts. However, upon
careful investigation, it appears that
the employers are just as guilty of
lawlessness as the men employed by
Now, by referring to The Day
Book of Sat, March 6, you will see
that what The Day Book featured jqf
its article was not conditions in Cajq
fornia, Colorado, New Jersey or West j
Virginia, but conditions in Chicago
department stores and the Chicago
packing industry. We are interested,
of course, in conditions of the worEf
ing class everywhere, but as ChicagttT
people we are interested most in Chi-g
cago conditions. Why did the Daijy a
News miss all reference in Mr. Creel'sB
address concerning Chicago work,-K
ers? -jt
The answer is self-evident: Chj.-')S
cago department stores and the Chijja
cago packing industry advertise Jn.jj
the News. It does not pay to offended
good advertisers. Moreover, if tbeIO
social unrest that "is now or lateoa
has been so common" can be kept,jj
at a great distance, as "in California,
Colorado, New Jersey or West Virfjf,
ginia," it will keep the working clasgIfi
in Chicago from becoming unduly
troublesome. ' ,',j03
The startling thing for Chicajgpnf
people is Mr. Creel's statement as x"e-IB
ported in The Day Book, "that th9
average wage for 6,226 workers in
the packing industry here in Chicagg
was $12.26 a week," and that whilg,a
food and clothing have increased lQ9ra
per cent, wages have increased ontjr10
10 per cent. ?yt
The conclusion is, first, that thegj
working class will get only what jjj:
can take by force from the employ,-1.
Ing class. Second, that a capitalist I3
newspaper, depnding on its adverti'sj.Q
ers for its success, cannot give wod
ing class organizations an hones.t ()
news service. Third, organizations g
by the working class on the industrial (,
field, as expressed by labor unions t
and on the political field as expressed 3
by the Socialist party, are the means
by which the working class can force )
decent living conditions for every ,
worker. C. F. Runyan, 3318 N. Ash- ,
land av. n
Hall supplies me with a title, "Fool i3
Conviucer," which I am not entitled
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