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Its Different Effects on Productive Industry When
Spent for Boots and Shoes, for Cloth ing, or in the Saloon. —» 1 w .I,^, mmmm ♦ THAT TEN-DOLLAR BILL. SPENT FOR BOOTS SPENT FOR CLOTHING. SPENT FOR LIQUOR. AND SHOES. [To wages29.l percent, [To wages 27.7 per cent,to [To wages 3.8 per cent, to farm products 28.9] farm products 22.8] to farm products 9.6] Three workingmen leave the shop Saturday night, each with a ten-doliar bill in his pocket to show for his week’s labor. One spends his money to supply his family with boots and shoes, one buys a suit of clothes, and the third “blows in” his money in a glorious drunk at the saloon. Beside the important difference that two men go home sober, and with their arms full of valuable goods, while one goes home a brute and empty-handed, there is the fur ther difference that the spending of the money has upon OTHER WORKINGMEN and the FARMER, whose labor produced the goods. What this difference is, is shown by the diagrams. Each diagram represents the value of a ten-dollar bill. Of the $lO that went for hoots and shoes, $2.89 went to pay the farmer went to £he tanners and the shoemakers.* I *•»•* *,.* l • Of *Jt]7*e*si(f Th&tVent.fes.a sqit.of clotfie’s*s2i2B paid the farmer £or his.cpjwrtf wool-s* ancl wentlfM*wages to the spinner, the weaver* and \hb tailed ;*..** • : l'l But of the $lO that was spent for beer and whisky, ONLY 96 CENTS WENT TO THE FARMER TO PAY FOR HIS GRAIN, AND 38 CENTS TO THE MEN WHOSE WORK PRODUCED THE LIQUORS. * The farmer and the wage-earner together received $5.80 from the man who spent his $lO for shoes, $5.05 from the man who spent his $lO for clothes, but ONLY $1.34 FROM THE $lO THAT WENT TO THE SALOON. In each case the rest of the $lO went to pay transportation, rent, inter est, taxes, profit, and cost of retailing. —The Voice. BACKBONE v/M7.m?Myy///m PAR M PROOUCTS • __________ DEFECTIVE PAGE The Saloon Must Go Commenting on the report of the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor, on the relation of the liquor traffic to pauperism, crime and insanity, the Minneapolis Journal says: “These statistics are worth study. The liquor traffic works the same and even worse results in other states. It is a feeder of our jails and penitentiaries, insane asylums and poorhouses. It is a devourer of manhood and woman hood, and, stripped of all its licensed legitimacy, it is a public enemy, a tax eater, a Moloch, devourer of body and soul. And the present large movement against it points to the time when it shall he put under public reprobation and drinking resorts will cease to flaunt their glaring lights at night, and triumphantly hang out their banners by day. These figures show unmistakably that the youth of our country can and must be rescued from the pursuing hand of this tremendous evil.” Vote for the Right. The following, by Dr. Lyman Beecher, although written nearly a half century ago and concerning another issue, is up-to-date horse sense for the present situation: “In our prayers we request that God would bestow upon us good rulers, ‘just men, walking in the fear of God.’ But by our voting we demonstrate the insincerity of such prayers. But you may say, ‘lf I do not vote for the man on my side will this not be helping his antagonist, and will not this be as bad as if I voted directly?’ No, it is certainly a dif ferent thing whether a vile man comes into power by your agency or in spite of it. ‘But suppose in all respects, except ing this crime, mp ic a w.-ws, Wi> ■Vftptrti'tiA. two evils may we not choose the least?’ Yes, of two natural evils you may. If you must lose a finger or an arm, cut off the finger. But of two sinful things you may choose neither, and therefore you may not vote for one bad man to keep out another bad man. It is ‘to do evil that good may come,’ and to do this, the apostle declares, ‘their damnation is just’.” Only Backbone Needed. We have been told so long that prohibition was simply out of the question in a large city that we are surprised to see the commercial capital of our country under complete prohibition one day in seven. We will now always be able to point to New York city when we are told that prohibition cannot be enforced. Honest and capable officials can enforce any law if they set out to do it. This is a lesson worth a great deal to all reformers. What is needed is a party that will give us that kind of officials. —lowa Commonwealth. A Churchman on the Church. Take, for instance, that abomination of desolation, the saloon, at enmity with all good, and in league with all evil. Only here and there is there a church at war with it. One might attend most churches for years and never hear of the saloon, much less join a campaign against it, or provide a substitute. We call ourselves “soldiers of the cross.” Sol diers, indeed, whose idea of “service” is to “sit and sing our selves away to everlasting bliss,” while here are vice and crime, moral and physical filth, ignorance and wretchedness, within hand-reach of everyone. This apathy on the pari of a multitude of good people touching a thousand evils would be impossible if the church had a true conception of her mission.—Josiah Strong.