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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 23, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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and all who have influence are using 1
it to get some relief for the public. But
you never can tell what secret influ
ences are back of the congressmen
who block legislatioh. Wilson will
move swiftly once congress gives him
the power. The machinery is oiled up
and ready to operate. Hoover is ready
to act swiftly once congress gives the
word "go." The Federal Trade Com
mission is also ready not only as to
food, but as to fuel and transporta
tion. Congress alone holds back.
The food situation concerns not
only the allies.but the folks right here
at home. Neutrals have been buying
up food, and the allies have kept out
of the market only because Hoover
asked them to. But they're getting
nervous as they see agents of neutral
countries bidding up prices. And the
folks all over the country are getting
nervous, too. I understand there are
signs of much discontent among the
steel workers. Those enormous earn
ings haven't helped the workers buy
bread, meat and potatoes. Unless
prices come down Gary had better
jump wages p. d. q. This advice goes
for all other large employers of un
derpaid labor. Labor is patriotic
enough and has performed splendid
ly. But it's not safe to depend for
patriotism on cold bodies and empty
bellies. The situation won't take care
of itself. It must be attended to.
The navy is building. The 'army is
growing. The nation is organizing.
We can help the allies with aircraft
and ships and food. But we've got to
look out for our own people at the
same time and keep our own house in
order. Our own folks must be fed.
Those who are willing to work must
be able to buy food. So they've got to
have prices commensurate with
wages or wages commensurate with
prices. That's the biggest job Uncle
Sam has facing him right now. And
when workers demand higher wages,
don't consider it unpatriotic. They
need it. The captains of industry had
better volunteer big wage increases
and help put the hoggish middlemen
and social parasites out of business.
In the meantime, l nave learnea
that there js much of passing the
buck among the allies. They're not
as hard pressed as has been given
m-t Poland has 1.500.000 reserves
anrfFrance 500,000. Besides that,hun-
dreds of thousands are reaching mili
tary age every year. And Germany
is worse off than France, so far as
bleeding white is oncerned. I still
stick to my hunch of a big Russian
drive. Keep your eye on Brusiloff.
When he starts this time he'll have
plenty of munitions and supplies.
Russia is finding herself. When Brus
iloff starts his drive, then the central
powers will feel a squeeze from all
sides, and the kaiser can't keep shift
ing his armies from one front to the
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An Atlantic Port, June 23. An
other submarine fired on and hit by
an American ship was reported today
by the ship's crew on reaching an
Atlantic port. '
The fight took place June 6, one
day out from Genoa, it was stated.
The submarine appeared 600 yards
away and launched a torpedo, which
the ship avoided. A stern gun imme
diately opened fire and shot away the
submarine's periscope, throwing it
high in the air. The boat disap
peared. o o
Washington, June 23. A storm of
cheers that echoed and reverberated
throughout the capitol greeted Prof.
Boris Bakhmetieff, head of the Rus
sian mission and new ambassador to
the U. S., when he told the house to
day that "Russia rejects any idea of
a separate peace."
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Unidentified body of well-dressed
man found in Lincoln park. Initials
F. A. L. Believed he suicided with
carbolic acid.

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