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THE PUBLIC FORUM
H. C. OF L. I read with interest
the article written by Fred Saal in
The Public Forum of The Day Book,
I agree with him that the H.-.C. of
L. needs a good direct punch in the
tave. Believe me, that knockout blow
is going to be a reality as soon as I
have completed my plans for a gigan
;ic organization for the "masses."
I have spent months in preparing
to launch this organization and I am
just about ready, and the money
hogs might as well prepare for a
shock. I have no crazy anarchistic
movement to launch, but a sane, sen
sible organization for the protection
of the masses, an organization that
won't know what the. word "defeat"
means, and one that will never quit.
In the meantime I would like to
hear suggestions from your readers
and more articles like that of Fred
Saal. Ed J. Roach, 123 W. Madison.
THE COLISEUM MEETING. The
phrase "created free and equal" re
fers to equality before the law. The
lawmaker of public opinion is the
newspaper. The law is, therefore,
finally, the public newspaper. With
this in mind, let us analyze our posi
tion as citizens and ask whether we
ire getting representation in public
A body of 15,000 citizens met at
the Coliseum and expressed a unani
mous protest against the present war
program of the newspapers. The
newspapers' methods of represent
ing this great body was by a column
report and by one editoriaf accusing
these 15.000 people of treason. In.
the same issue, next to the Coliseum
report (in one case), a Big Business
man's comment in opposition to the
subject-matter, in the Coliseum
write-up was given equal promi
nence. Therefore, as far as our represen
tation &:jes, 15,000 citizens have less
influence than pne editorial writer or
one big business man. Does repre
sentation in its present form justify
its existence? Shall the initiative
and referendum replace it? This
question is also timely: Shall we
read the newspaper that is a traitor
to public facts, wishes and equality?
' A. H. Peterson, St. Lawrence.
REPLY TO CLARENCE DARROW.
Our highly esteemed friend Dar
row seems to give vent to his feel
ings and instincts instead of apply
ing calm reasoning with respect to
the present situation between this
country and Germany.
If Mr. Darrow thinks that instinct
shall dominate reason in this case, I
should like to ask this friend of the
people what have the belligerent
countries of Europe accomplished by
drawing blood and inflicting misery
and degeneration upon the lives of
May we not expect similar results'
if we follow the advice of our pa
triotic sentimentalists? I do not jus
tify, in fact, I condemn the act of
Germany with regard to their policy
of sinking all ships without warn
ing. But let us not forget that we
cannot expect justice in war. What
we do expect, however, is that a neu
tral nation should be true to all the
principles of neutrality.
Is not the entire situation due to
the commercial disputes, and is not
the very fact of commercialism a
damnable fact? Commercialism does
not in the least benefit the people.
On the contrary, it robs them of their
last piece of bread?
Is it not this commercialism that is
exercising every bit of power to drag
us into the abyss of misery in order .
to satisfy their greedy desires by ac
cumulating more and more wealth
at the expense of the lives of the poor
Why not practice true neutrality
by placing an embargo on all food
stuffs and munitions consigned to
the belligerent countries, and thus
i put an end to the suffering wrought