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Organizations for the Distribution
of Money to Aid the Needy Poor
By ELM WHEELEB WILCOX.
A reader of this column Is displeased
with aonvi tavorabl comments made un
April J" of the methods of th AasgciatuU
"What reason it ther,' h Mks, "for
such an organisa'
tlon to exist in our
great land, over
flowing with opu
There is no reason
for any form of '
charity to exist in
America if the peo
ple of America pos
pegsed the focused
will power to de
mand the rights of
every soul bofn Into .
earth, of the use of
earth, sun and air.
But until the people
dp unite and de
man4 such privi
leges thera mut be an organization for
the distribution of money to aid th poor.
And- there is not one particle of com
mon sen in abuinjf this icclet'y; which
is doing the best It. can, under great dif
ficulties, or of blaming it for the laxk of
co-operative methods among the people. '
The dlFcxmtertted reader says no one Is
doing anything to bring abput a better
That shpw how little, he .knowa what
i being done.
The Single Tan organizations, (which
hold the one great solution of the prob
lem) are doing wonderful work and pro
ducing wonderful results. Joseph Kels,
the mliiibpaire philanthropist, who Is de
voting his life and his money to efforts
to help bring about Justice for human
beings.' has 'settled down to I thV ctfntfl u
ion that it can be done only in one' way,
and tht way by putting into execution
to such extent as Is possible the prin
ciples and "precepts of Henry George's
philosophy, of taxing land values, and
He has obtained use of idle lands in
America and England and has prac-
The Manicure Lady
"George," said the Manicure Lady, "did
you ever shave a guerilla?"
"I wouldn't shave one of them," said
the head barber. "They have too much
hafr: I een a picture of one of them
once In one of the Sunday papers, and,
believe, me klddo, I wouldn't want to
waste any time lathering them. They are
as hairy as a hair mattress. I'm willing
to shave off the whlBkers of a teamster
that works so much In the open that his
face gets full of barbed wire, but I can't
see any reason in the world why I should
shave a' guerilla.1'
"I don't mean one of them big apes
that' roams in them African Jungles,"
said (he Manicure Lady. "I mean one of
them tough fellows that goes put In auto
mobiles looking for a chance to take a
pot shot at a gent which has told the
truth- Wel, . whe.ther you ever shaved
one of them or not, I had a chance to
get one of them the other day to have
his nails did. He did look kind of for
midable when he first blew into the place,
with his blue flannel shirt and his all
around all of recklessness, but the minute
he seen the calm, steady glance that was
emerging from my eyes of gray, he kind
of toned down until you would think he
waa a kid at 'a church sociable saying
kind words to a little girl that was bring
ing him in a plate of ice cream. Do you
know what I think, George? I don't
think that them guerillas is a very dan
gerous at ' any time. It always seemed
to me that a gent which would take five
other gents out with him and shoot a
seventh gent In the back was a Httle to
the ochre., as Brother Wilfred would say.
"Brother Wilfred ain't afraid of them,
George. . He iut sent a poem to the big
gest magazine In New York City the
otberday, and H Is going to be in the
paper, too, because the editor of that
magazine sent letter of acceptance to
Wilfred, and a five-dollar note.
"Wilfred was that elated that he sent
six more poems to the same magazine
the next night. I am afraid the poor
boy wl never know how sad them poems
were, although he admitted, himself that
all the six poems were meant to be sad.
Thla la the poem he wrote about the
"We know a lot of. eowardljr eowarda
Who go in crowds to play tricks.
They're fond of raising sixty,
"With the accent on the six."
"Tour brother ian't playing & very sate
system ljnself,", said the head barber.
"I guess Wilfred is that gloomy h
wants to die." said the Manicure Lady.
"The poor boy in't had a Job of any
kind since Wilson was nominated. Good
ness knows, he has tramped the streets
enough! No use talking, George, times
aia!t getting no better very fast"
tlcslly demonstrated the efficacy of his
Ideals. . .. ....
Five hundred gardens, composed of one
eighth of an acre each are supporting BOO
families right in the precincts of London
through the Influence of Joseph Fls and
he is hard at work convincing the own
ers of thousands on thousands of acres
of idle land all over England and else
where 'that by giving the use of these
lands to ptiople who are wanting to make
them fertile they will reduce the pau
pericpi of the country.
When the experiment has become uni
versal the force of puhlle opinion will
compel a change in our laws and render
it Illegal for any man or corporation to
hy)ld Idle land, while masses of people are
h.erded Into slums for want of oppor
tunity to till the land. .'
It will be more than Illegal; it will be
unprofitable to hold land in this way,
once the single tax value is placed on If.
Not so many years since there was a loud
cry of Impracticability f the single tax
Buj. UP in British Columbia and Van
couver it is being found practicable.
The British Columbia; royal tax com
mission reported last winter recommend
ing the abolition of the poll tax, the tax
on personal property of all kinds, the
increase of the amount of income exempt
from taxation and the substitution for
these-taxes of a tax on land values. The
commission started out prejudiced against
the land value tax and in favor of the
poll tax. After two years' careful study
the commission reported unanimously in
favor of the above changes, which, when
made, will place all British Columbia on
what the Portland vregonian is pleased
to ca.ll a single tax basis.
Now comes the Colonist' of Victoria, one
of the dallies of the state, and says, under
date of April 9:
"Although the next session of the
British Columbia legislature Is as yet
nine months In the future, preliminary
preparation'of legislation to be presented
to the House upon its assembling on tne
16th of January, la already commanding
attention. It is expected one of the first
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Vj WlNlFnEU BLAClv.
There's a woman out in . Denver who
want to tell the children all about every,
thing the minute they are old enough to
o to school.
government measures of tha new session
will be that effecting reductions in taxa.
Mon and rearrangements In thp asiew
ment system, based wholly or In large
measure upon the recommendations con.
tained in. the exhaystlv report of tti
Boyal Commission on Taxation, which
went into these matters last year."
In reply to an Inquiry, Hon. Charlei H,
"I may say that the Royal . Tux Com
mission of British Columbia, of which I
was a mamber, went to work with open
minds end without preconceived Ideas as
to what tney were going to do. The con
clusions we reached were forced upon us
by our knowledge of the conditions of
the .country and. Qf. the evils of some of
the taxes now levied. I confess that at
the outset I was even In favor of the po!
tax, against which our commission Is
' The same thing applies to the tax on
Improvements s,nd personal property. We
felt from our Investigation of the province
that they were unjust; that they could
not be girl levied., and that it was only
right that they should be abolished, and
w belive that this will- be donr by the
''The city of Vlctorlg, after carefully
observing the results In Vancouver, has
now also abolished the tax o Improve
ments, and J. am satisfied that within
two years neither personal property nor
improvements on land will be taxed any.
where In British Columbia. That this
will encourage enterprise and Investment
In the province goes without saying.
"In the communities that have adopted
the sysem of single tax there is no influ
ence that can be brought to bear that
could lead them to depart from It"
Meanwhile, until the people (who are
the power In every land) awake and
understand and use concerted methods
to bring the single tax Into use In Amer
ica, universally. Instead of In a few lo
calities, w must hve charitable organi
zations. And having them, let us find out the
truth about their methods before we
accuse them of one or all the vlnesv which
the unreasoning and uninatructad one!
lay at their door. ,"
, Much Intimate knowleogo of the organ
lied charities has made me regard them
with reispact and gratitude, while It has
made me more and more deplore the
condition which necessitates their exis
tence. But neither the founders, organisers nor
officers of these societies are In fault
for theBe conditions. ,
The fault lies wholly and entirely with
the submissive and indolent people, who
will not swaken and unite and demand a
trial of the principles of single tax in
every state In America.
She has talked
the school people
Into her ' way of
of thinking and a
very logical, sen
It seems to ' he
when she tells
(boul It, and the
pew course la tq
begin this fall,
maybe. A pror
tent against tha
new course Is go
ing up already.
"I don't want
my little girl to '
learn that sort of a thing In a class,",
said an Indignant smd protesting mother
to the president of the Board of Kduca
tlon the other day. "When It Is time for
her to know I'll tell her myself, thank
you. And, besides, I don't believe In
all this study of the body, what the
body needs, and what the body is and
Isn't. Why not get the mind to work
awhile and sea what that will do."
And altogether there's quite an Inter
esting fight going on over this question
of what a rhlld should know and who
should tell him about It.
It's a queer thing about this body busi
ness. " The first time I hear some one
a.y:that a certain man was too strong
to work I thought it was rather a foolish
I'd never known a "food condition"
faddist then. I know several of them
now. and every one thst I know is "too
Strong to work." They'll run on the
track, play basket hall, wrestle, i "chm"
themelves a doxen times a day; but run
on an errand for anybody, mow the
lawn, put up a shelf In the pantry when
the perfidious carpMer has broken his
plighted word not they.
When I want any real work done 1
don't Bet a big husky six footer with a
famous set of muscleB to do It. I pick out
some little delicate man who has to
His Innings, or Bachelor Life at a Summer Hotel
By NELL BRIMLEY
Copyright, ll National News Ass'n.
make his tired body work when It doesn't,. "
want to, and he'll do . the job and do It
right. ' ,. .. . .'..t.3
The strong man means well enoughi'
but he can't really work;' his body won't,
let him and hta body Is the ruler of Jha-L,
firm every day In the. week. x ivs
Why not? He has much valuable time
leaching hi body that It' is the mostn
Important, thing, on earth. AVhy houli.T
It be bossed around by nothing but will v
and mlnrf all at once? ' 1
The great, big, bossy, dominatln bedA-,
has' been the ruler too long to give uj,,7,2
without a struggle, and the poor welf i
meaning little soul has to sit in the vorjj-f.
nr and whine, for a chance to expres"'"
Kself at all,
I wonder if ai. this Idea of concentrat?'.'
ing so much attention on the body Uf'f
going to turn out sa well after all?.
Karly In life I found out that the way -i!
to beep from climbing the cherry tr:;'
when the cherries were too green to ba'i'Y
wholesome was to keep Just as far away'
from the tree as. I could and to thlnit..
about something else as hard as I couldy.-i
My new frock, the heroin In my latest '
bpok. tho way my mother looked whenr
tfhe was pleased with something I hadVf,'-".
done, how the Chinaman down at ha't
bottomi of the well and a little beyon ."'1
wore their long halr-anythlng, any'.
where, but the tree.
Once when I was a little girl startef
to carry some particularly nice cherrlea '
to a neighbor who had been very 111.
They were oxhearts, the only one o?
the kind In those parts. I carried tham.iii
In a pretty little green basket made of mV
some kind of rushes or sweet smelling"1"
grasses, I can see every cherry In that ' 5
basket to this day, v.'
I started with a light heart. In tha
pasture I thought: ."I .wonder how many "
cherries there are in this basket; It I
pretty heavy, It seems to me. And I
looked and I tasted one Just one ohj
how sweet it was.
It was hot in the pasture, the cherries-
were so Juicy, Just one more. a' to
In the woods I looked again. Yes, thera' '
they were, redder than ever-Just Qna ,
more, who would miss It? On the bridge. C '
I taled the cherries again, and under
the weeping willow sat down calmly'
nd ate every single last one of thos'jV-V
cherries, and I hid the basket and went'ii,
and asked the neighbor how she was, ' r-!
and then I went home end told my'
mother that she was dellghte with the
cherries, but that she thought some o( '
them were a trifle sour. , '
Something In my mother's look arrestee
the lie on my lips and I burst out cry.
Ing and told her the miserable, disgrace.
ful truth. And my mother kissed me-:;'
and cried a little, too, and then she tont"'
me out to the tree and we gathered:.";'
another basket almost as full of cherries "
at the first one and my mother sald: .;?.0
"Now go, and I'll tell you a secret..
You won't sat a single cherry If yon usa ;"
my secret recipe. Think about somef,,:
thing else ail the way and you'll forget ,,j
all about the cherries." ' ;
And I took the litti green basket ot.i V.
sweet-smelling grass and I carriea it ta '
the neighbor who had been 111, and sh
said she . hadn't tasted anything so good
in a year, and I sang all the way home,,,
Just because I "thought about something;'.
rise" all the way. '
I wonder If It wouldn't be a good Idea '".
to try this kind of plan when a littlj.'s'
girl reaches the wondering age. Glvexi
her something very 'interesting to thjnk"'.
about, all the way. I wonder.
A Little Song
He doesn't have to be a handsome wreich to find that the io6q peed never Jxswe to ahiaa oa him alow on eeavsjde "piae" ho'U find himtKtf better fed Add better fanned and bet
; tr flatterwj than ever hef been la bl Uf before. He'll find himself fUttue in roe arbor, a bee caught i honey.
By ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.
Oh, a great 'wprlji, a fair world, a triiijt
world I find It; " 'r
A sun that never forgets to rise, -On
the darkest', nlg.ht.( a rtar .in
skies, ' - 1
And a God of love behind it.
.. i, i i
a good life, a sweet life, a tarsi r
life I take It, ;.'
Is what ,He offers to you and me;
A chance to do, and a .chance to be, lf
Whatever we choose to make it.
a far way, a high way, a sura wa;
. H leads us;, , .y
Sllll.l WII5-. JWUl HHJ W.I71IJB lUUg, ' 'l.f.fi-.
W must trudge ahead, with a trustful
And' " know at the end He needj'ns."1 "J"'
Copyright, 1B13, Amerlcan-Journal-KxHV
apUner. - .
. glncalarly Alike. , " 1;
The two Clevelanders on the back sa(;-
were talking literature, r 3i .
"I'nv reading Ruskin all over again,
said one. ''It's meaty Stuff after so mucl
modern frjvol." '- -TrW
"Ruskin,'' said "the other man. "al-ayf-
reminds me of Artemus Ward." ' ' 'r
' "What's that! Artemus Ward?, Impoai'5''
libit." ' ;
"Not at all. -Tht titles of Ruskin'l--books
and WartJ' lectures never, haH?
Anything to do with tha contenta."-'t
Cleveland Plain Dealer. . ;, .
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