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where you will find morals and ethics.
It has been proven that wherever
playgrounds have been opened crime
has been diminished.
The labor unions tried to pass an
8-hours-day law for wo'men in shops
and factories, but lost. They have
urged the passage of every legislative
measure providing for better sani
tary working conditions for men and
Every effort to better-the condi
tion of mankind is moral and ethical.
I am with capital whenever it
seeks the improvement of conditions
of the human race. Mr. Ford of De
troit is one and there are others. The
labor unions are earnestly striving
to bring about such conditions and
I am glad of the privilege to be af
filiated with them in this cause. A
ALWAYS BLAME SOMETHING.
If present conditions are given a lit
tle thought they should prove en
lightening to the American working
man. There is no doubt but that we
are skirting along the edge of "hard
times." Money is hard to get, al
though there is more per capita in
the country than ever before. Fac
tories are running on short time,
even though the importation of foreign-made
goods is very materially
reduced. Not long ago a large
amount of gold arrived from Europe
and a prominent banker said it would
have a bad effect on this country.
Some time before that we exported
gold and the bankers said then that
that was the cause of disturbed mar
ket conditions. In short, they tell us
hard times are due to too much gold
or too little gold, too much "foreign
pauper labor" competition or too lit
tle import business, whichever hap
pens to be the latest news item.
They tell us money is tight because
there was such a bumper crop to be
moved or else because there was a
short crop. In other words, they
squeeze out of the common people all
they possibly can and blame it on
current events, whatever the may be.
Chas. H. Hair, M. D.
ASKS WHAT ARE FLAGS.
Weeks and months have passed since
I have challenged one of the writers
of The Public Forum to a debate on
war and preparedness, which up to
this time has not been accepted.
The following are only a few of
my arguments against war and pre- ff)
We can buy just as cheap from the
victorious country, whichever it may ,
be, that attacks or controls this coun
try or any other. It will not take
life's necessities with it We earn
every penny we get for our labor and
owe our masters or the propertied
class nothing. We, therefore, are not
obliged to fight for property, which
under the present system of private
ownership belongs to the propertied
class which pays us wages we will
get, no matter what nation controls.
We are charged high prices for
food, clothing and shelter in time of
peace and more so in time of war.
We pay all taxes, including war and
the cost of preparedness. We can
not shift the burdens of taxation
down to another class as the proper
tied Class shifts them down to us
through the cost of living. This
shows who pays the income tax. No
employer or member of the proper
tied class is satisfied with smaller
profits, no matter how little or how
much he is taxed.
Fliags of different colors are thrust
into our hands to protect, which
mean nothing to us but policemen's
clubs and the militia's bayonet when
we strike for more wages as our eco
nomic interests compel us to do. We
have different economic interests and 4fe
should not fall for the fake patriot
ism of protecting property or coun-,
try of which we own nothing. Let
those who own do their own fighting
without taxing us for fights which
their economic interests and not ours
cause. If we take no part in their,
wars no attacking enemy will havo
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