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.themselves from work on' "Good Fri
day," a day sacred to all who profess
any one of these three creeds, with
out being marked absent and their
efficiency impaired, is it fair to allow
the Jews six days leave .of absence
with pay on six days not recognized
by the constitution of the United
States or the constitution of any
state in the union?
Mayor Harrison issued proclama
tions allowing these days, but failed
to issue a proclamation allowing
Catholics, Episcopalians and Luth
erans to observe "Good Friday" in
the same manner. But you will say
if he did the latter he would be re
cognizing a church holiday. Pre
cisely so, and that is what he has
done in discriminating in favor of the
Jews. If Mayor Harrison in this
action "played politics," I sincerely
hope Mayor Thompson will not fall
into the same error.
. If the Jews employed in public
offices wish to observe six holidays in
the year It should be deducted from
the fifteen days' sick leave annually
allowed city and county employes,
the same as would happen if Catho
lics, Episcopalians and Lutherans
absented themselves from work on
any of their church holidays. E.J.G.
CONDITIONS BREED WAR. The
street car strike has come and gone.
But the conditions that make strikes
and wars always possible remain. In
stitutions and laws that deny the
right of human beings to remain here
upon earth until they have agreed to
pay to some earth owner a large per
centage of the fruits of their toil for
the privilege of living and breathing
and enjoying the sunshine and shad
ows, that of right should be equally
free to all, stfll exist and rob the great
body of the people of every land.
Privilege taxes labor for the oppor
tunity to labor. It taxes labor again
to pay for the police, army and the
navy and the judicial machinery that
gives privilege its power to tax. Priv
ilege makes pension laws. It builds
7 hospitals and jails and passes mini
mum wage laws to make the condi
tion of labor more endurable, and to
pay the expenses of all these things
it taxes labor again and again until
labor ignorantly strikes for higher
wages and better conditions.
Higher wages can only come per
manently by reducing the toll that
privilege takes from labor for the op
portunity to live upon the earth. This
toll is measured by the rental value
of the land upon which we live. It is
constantly increasing wh'erever pop
ulation increases and it is the pri
mary cause of poverty, crime, strikes
Land values belong to the people.
Taxation of labor is robbery. Abolish
the robbery. Take land values for
public revenue. Peace will follow.
Geo. V. Wells.
BIRDS' EGGS. Can you tell me
why birds' eggs are of different col
ors? E. R.
It is interesting to see how a par
ticular kind of bird always produces
the same kind of color in its eggs and
in its own feathers.
It is not the particular kind of food
the birds feed on, nor the surround
ings they are in that has to do with
the special coolr of their eggs. It is
the particular chemistry of the body
of the bird. The differences in color
depend upon the presence in the dif
ferent shells of various coloring sub
stances. Perhaps you could change the
shade of the color of hens' eggs by
food, but you will never get a hen to
lay a speckled green egg. The color
may be a little bit lighter or perhaps
a darker shade than usual, but the
color of the shell is really as special
to the particular bird as any of the
things by which we know one bird
from the other.
Mr. Ketcham, Mr. Kill and Mr. Ber
riam are listed as undertakers in the
Chicago 'phone directory!
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