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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 30, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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long as ships arc run and built for
profit and not for use, so long -will
tragedies infest our so-called civili
zation. The sinking of the vessel is a great
crime, but it is only upon such crimes
that capitalism could thrive. It is
therefore our duty to kill the caus
. and. not merely play with effects.
) .In face of all the tragedies -which
have taken place since last August,
all preventable if the great tonic and
antiseptic of reason and justice were
applied,' it behooves us to bring
about a new system of society, a sys
tem which will do things for the wel
fare of humanity and not for the god
of mammon. Sam Druck.
very long ago a British steamer was
sunk by a German submarine. How
ever it happened a few Americans
were on that steamer and the U. S.
government began to send one note
after another to Germany, stating
that Americans must be saved, no
matter whether they are on a neu
tral 'vessel or not And now it hap
pened in Chicago a number of work
ers were to go out for a little trip
and before they left the shore the
ship went under with them- Now
what right has the-government of the
U. S. to tell the government of Ger
many that Americans must be saved
when it does not save them them
selves? And now the question comes,
who is guilty? And nobody can tell
who is guilty. Some say the com
pany running the ship," while others
say the Western Electric Co. and no
body has yet come to a final conclu
sion. But when we are not poisoned
with the capitalistic thought we can
easily, find out who is guilty. And
now let us for one moment think
over it to ourselves and we will surely
come to a conclusion that the pres
ent system of profits is guilty and
nothing else. The company to whom
the ship belonged is not looking for
the comfort of the public, but they
are looking for more profits. And
therefore are trying with as little
money as possible invested to take
out as much profit as they can. And
this is not the first one and not the
last one. How long will the people
of our so-called civilized community
stand for all this? And how many
more victims' will we sacrifice on the
altar of capitalism? Let us then re
organize our society on the basis of a
co-operative commonwealth, where a
life will be prized much higher than
a silver dollar. Only then and not
until then will we be able to save the
lives of people. Abe M. H., 1758
Hastings St
Eastland disaster should arouse the
public to the realization of their
power politically to bring to justice
the guilty of this frightful catastro
phe, caused beyond a shadow of
doubt by the negligence of federal
and other authorities. We therefore
request you to give the following sug
gestions the widest publication in
your paper:
That every American citizen write
to their respective senators and con
gressman to immediately work in be
half of the people that elected them
to office to bring to justice and con
viction the ones guilty of this whole
sale murder or else not dare to make
an appearance for re-election.
We demand that the state and fed
eral officials protect the lives of
peaceful American citizens in our
country first, so they will not be mur
dered by the wholesale through the
negligence and incompetence of the
political dollar-chasers, instead of
trying to protect a few Americans
who contributed lavishly to cam
paign funds for mercenary reasons
and who deliberately travel on British
powder magazines into known danger
zones. Humanity in our own coun
try first
We also suggest it should be the
duty of the entire clergy of the coun
try, regardless of creed, to tell the
people from the pulpits to write their

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