that the system corrupts tne moral
fiber of its owners, and from them it
extends to councils and legislatures
The most valuable asset of all these
monopolies is the opportunity to
monopolize the use-Qf the streets of
a great city or the highways of a
well-settled country. Without this
monopoly their tangible property be
comes valuable only in the markets
for scraps. The people give away
their inheritance of equal opportun
ity and are robbed by monopoly tolls
by the managers to whom they have
given up their patrimony.
The council's opportunity to help
the people is here. The most valuable
part of the Automatic property, the
opportunity to do business, already
belongs to the people. The council
should forbid the sale to the mon
opoly of this property and its capital
ization and should take possession of
it and assume the business of tele
phoning as a part of the public func
tions of the city government They
should extend it as rapidly as pos
sible, so that every householder could
become a patron of the city.
If the council is brave enough to
face the present emergency the
people will back them to the limit
One of the monopolies that oppress
us would be abolished and we would
be ready, with renewed strength, to
attack the next oppression. Geo. V.
Wells, 6050 S. Park Av.
enlightenment should make it a point
to hear her. Watch for announce
ment A. M.
WOMEN'S DRESS. Several of
the writers in this great and glorious
column have made the remark that
men are responsible for the prostitute
women of today.
But no, if the women and men who (
mako this accusation would stop and
figure out the reason for these steps
on the part of the man.
Let us start with the gowns worn
by the girls of today. They are cut so
low at the neck that it is a disgrace;
their skirts are so short that their
limbs are exposed nearly to their
All of these things go on to irritate
man into doing things which are not
proper, such as making advances to
these girls, and using brutal force
to compel these innocent girls to do
And in closing may I say: Women,
dress properly and you will not be
subject to advances of men; decent
men, but irritated by your styles.
SHE'LL BE INTERESTING. Mrs.
Margaret H. Sanger, who was arrest
ed at the instigation of Anthony
Comstock because of her agitation in
favor of giving to all women the
knowledge of the methods of prevent
ing conception now given to well-to-do
women by their physicians, is
coming back from England to face
She plans to speak in Chicago dur
ing the summer. Announcement of
the meeting will be made in the daily
.papers. All friends of freedom and I
ANSWER TO A. D. All honor to
Frank P. Walsh. He did what he
was appointed to do. He brought out
Many other good men, by their
splendid work, have won our trust
and support, but somehow good men
have not been able to make much.
Let us from now on put our trust in
principles. Let us support only those
who stand clearly and unflinchingly
for the abolition of the wage sys
tem root and branch. Mary G.
Dempsey, 3524 Wrightwood Av.
THEY GET CREDIT. Do firemen
who later become "policemen get
credit for their pensions for the time
served in the fire department?
According to Harry Pflaum, sec'y of
the police pension fund, the answer is
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