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THE PUBLIC FORUM
NATURAL DEATH. Why so much
fuss about a baby that died a natural
death? Why blame the doctor be
cause he had-a chance to let this child
live with the patents' consent to an
operation but the child would have
been a cripple all of its life? R. E. C.
THIRD RAIL DANGERS. Elevat
ed railway track employes always
work with bare iron tools and are
unprotected in case they fall or their
tools slip upon the electric rail.
Many times the boss forces the
men to carry rails across the elec
tric rail, and if some are scared the
boss laughs at them. It would be
easy to cany a rail over the electric
rail if there were enough men, but
many times this is done with a small
number of men. It is all the fault of
the company, which only speaks of
safety and does not perform.
It is very dangerous to turn the
rails around on the "L," as the track
men had to do in the Kenwood yards,
Workers must turn rails around
over three or four electric rails. If
one of the trackmen let go or his
feet slipped there could easily be half
a dozen dead.
It is worth knowing that the ele
vated company has issued a 60-page
booklet of safety rules, yet more men
loose their hves on account of care
lessness than in any other way.
The company severely forbids em
ployes to cross the track in front of
stations. This means that in case
anything happens to some employes
on the tracks that the company has
the excuse that it is not responsible
because it warned the men.
In the safety rules are written
many things for the safety of the
company's purse, not the employes'
For turning rails on the tracks the
company should furnish turning
blocks, which would do away with
danger. Then, the company should
get rubber hose and cover the ends
of rail tongs and keep handy rubber
boots and gloves; they don't cost
much. "L" Employe.
ANTI-DRY I read an article
signed "A Dry" in The Day Book and
cannot understand how a person can
be so narrow-minded as, to write
such slander as that, by the gist of
it accusing about 50,000 men and
women who took part in the wet pa
rade of being drunkards and crooks,
stating that if they would get out of
town "A Dry" would not be afraid
to carry money after dark.
It goes to show what lunatics and
fanatics some of these drys are. They
insult and degrade decent, respecta
ble people. W. F. S.
TO STEVEN'S CRITIC, B. L K. t
With due respect to Mr. Cochran's
choice of "What's fit for The
Forum," it certainly will B-L., K, if
we're forced to give up space to dis
gruntled knockers of your type in
preference to intelligent opinions
(which is all Allen Steven has ever
professed to give) of contributors
such as Steven, F. Smith and others,
who have made this little sheet
worth many times the very penny
you prate of.
Your illustration on the dignity of
labor was "grate."
At your suggestion I allow my
imagination to picture where your
bread and butter would come from
if the "Tonys" and "Pats," so ap
parently obnoxious to your delicate
sense of refinement, had not dug the
foundation for the very store in
which you are no doubt a clerk.
Then again, Mr. Blow Lowd
Knocker, let us be thankful that
such men as Steven take the trouble
to express themselves in this Forum,
men who are fighting for the fellows
down in the hole and not fawning
for the favor of such being as the
quacks that ruin young manhood by
their false, obscene advertisements. .
If you are so well qualified to judge
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