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" tion of the surface and elevated lines.
And of that Mayor Harrison said:
"The management of the elevated
combination desires to emulate the
exploits of their surface line brethren
by bringing about- unification with a
Comfortable nest egg of twenty-odd
million dollars of fictitious valuation.
On this the public will be asked to
pay the neat interest of 7 per cent.
This will be made the price of unified
operation of surface and elevated
In view of the present situation and
the cards the street railway magnates
have up their sleeve, the importance
of a Public Ownership league to rep
resent the people is apparent The
quicker the people organize the bet
ter prepared they will be for the fight
for Chicago's streets.
The consistency of some persons
reminds us of the Chicago man who,
when arrested charged with drunken
ness, proclaimed his religion and
proved that he never got drunk on
Ireland' has supplied England with
126,000 soldiers and it is probable
England could have secured more
men merely by recalling the constab
ulary from Ireland.
Gen. Miles refused to meet John L.
Sullivan. All wrong; those two grand
old haulers should stand together.
What gets me going, said Tommy
Is the nice clean face of our old hall
But the point is this, as sure as old
Just take a look at its black, black
"Speaking of our submarines,"
said the orator at a National '.Secur
ity league meeting, "it's another case
of Daniels in the Bryan's den."
THE PUBLIC FORUM
REMEDY WANTED. Is there any
one among your readers who could
suggest a proper remedy that would
change our present economipal sys
tem, the high cost of living and the
prevailing discontent of labor unions
in a rational and peaceful way?
It seems to me as sheer madness
to inaugurate strikes at these hard
times, when thousands of men are
idle for want of work and hunger
would force them to act as strike
breakers, even at the risk of their
lives, to save their families from
starving or suicide.
What benefit is it to a few to get
more pay when the cost of living and
other commodities increase in pro
portion and thus make the struggle
for a bare existence more difficult for
all others whom circumstances have
left without the protection of a labor
If a family cannot live on $2 a day
what of the millions of people whose
income is in many cases less than 50
cents a day? Who, already doomed
to poverty and misery, find their con
dition growing worse with every rise
in the wages of others because of the
ever-increasing price of all the neces
sities of life.
It seems to me that instead of
striking for higher wages we should
strike for a lower cost of living, and,
by a united effort, devise ways and
means to reduce the abnormal high
prices of all commodities and thereby
give the poor man a chance to get his
share in God's blessings of bountiful
crops and fruits the earth produces,
which, under our present pernicious
system of economy, the greedy mid
dleman is permitted to deprive him
of by charging exorbitant prices.
Is our government incapable to
protect its confiding subjects against
the rapacity of its few soulless and
conniving merchants who manipulate
the markets to sultlheir fancy?
Are ouf representatives in the goy-
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