Burke said that he knew of no way of drawing upian in‘-
dictment against a whole nation. We do not agree with
Prof. Nearing’s indictment of the entire American press.
But there are so few eitccptions in this case that we must
consider his terrific charge as a matter of truth it not of
fact. Meanwhile the guilty papers are squirming under
Scott Ncaring’s ‘accusation like thieves in the glow of a
police flashlight. .
, DON’T GO TO CANADA
ANADA is politely inviting Americans to visit its points
of interest this summer. Canada needs the money, and
it is even offering to admit 'German Americans and other
hyphens across its borders without throwing them into con-
centration camps.’ But don’t go. You will regret it, if you
do. They, are waiting for you. Even nativeborn Ameri-
can women are not safe. Two well-known actresses who
had engagements in Montreal were expelled under most
humiliating circumstances by the Canadian secret service
men who board the train as soon as it crosses the border,
and dozens of cases could be cited of Americans with Ger-
man names who were seized and thrown into jail as soon as
the Canadian thugs could lay their hands on them. Boy-
cott everything of Canadian origin, from whisky to bonds,
until Canada releases the poor people whom it lured from
’ Austria and Germany to take up farms and then looted and
threw ', into concentration camps when the war came in
IS IT RETRIBUTION?
E reprint, without comment, from the New York
Trib1tize,. the following letter of an American
SIR: Your constituency is your subscribers, I believe. I am a
Subscriber, and wish to ask some questions. I -
hy are soldiers from New York State to be sent to the border
before they have had any ch nce to acclimate? ,VVe all agree this is
an outrage. Have none of the states of our Union lying in the same
climate, practically, as Texas any reliable state militia? These could
e used for a time and acclimate 'the Northern fellows.
Are the munitions of war that Mexico will use against our soldiers
munitions that are all made in this country by Americans and now
10 be used in killing my, boy, for instance,-for I have a ,son,who
may be on the border soon now, though I hope not? ’
Is this “retribution" because our nation, while calling itself neutral,
has been getting rich making munitions of war for warring nations,
and is this retribution to fall on children (my son is a high school
boy), who have had no share in deciding these vexed questions of
Uueneutrality? Truly, this hoard of moneythat America has been
Doolmg this last year of Europe's war has soon become "blood"
money. There is just cause for every one of us mothers to revolt
azaxnst this call to sacrifice our beloved sons who have grown up
by ourti ‘d , ,
- rest as I V ' t .i EH. SMITH.‘
, ' STARVATION 1N ENGLAND
TARVATION, it seems, is stalking through England. The
British Navy may be mistress of the seas, but something must-
have happened to British shipping. Germany destroyed only a few
Per cent. of Great Britain's commercial tonnage, yet this small per-
centage has been sutiicient to raise food prices in England several
hundred percent. Is it surprising, then, that Great Britain and her
henchmen in the United States have moved heaven and earth to
paralyze Germanfs submarine weapon? A committee of experts
appointed by the British Government issued the following table
Showing the increase in food prices: . - '
GERMANS HONOR FRENCH GRAVE
Meat 50 to 60 per cent.
Bacon nearly 40 per cent.
Fish 86 per cent.
,Milk about 30 per cent. '
Margarine 18 per cent. X
Potatoes, Flour, Bread and Cheese from 50 to 60 per cent.
Here, as usual, the British Government attempts to deceive public
(London), Mr. Cecil Chesterton, is “an entirely inaccurate state-
ment of the actual increase of prices paid by the working class in .
large industrial centers.” As a proof of this assertion, Mr. Chester-
ton submits the following figures founded on a careful examination . v
of food prices since the beginning of the war:
Meat 250 to 400 per cent.
. Bacon 100 per cent.
Milk 50 per cent.
Margarine 50 per cent.
Potatoes, Flour, Bread and Cheese from 75 to 100 per cent.
Mr. Chesterton goes on to say:
“Let us take the first of these articles to which we have given
some attention, and which is the prime requisite in the food supply
of a. great industrial community. The figures we quote below are
taken from actual cash prices paid in Smithtield Market by an expe-
rienced and capable buyer. They compare the prices paidlin‘ the
first week of July, 1914, with the prices prevailing in the market on
the Monday of the present week, June 19, 1916, and they cover the
principal classes of meat consumed by the poorer sections of the
C0mm15mitY 3 July, 1914 June 19, 1916 Increase
Per lb. Per lb. Per cent.
South American Chilled Fore- '
Quarters of Beef.... . . . . . . . . .. 3d. 9%d. 320 ,
Frozen Hind-Quarters of Beef... 4% . 9%d. 230
River Plate Lambs............... 5d. Is. 250
River Plate Sheep... . 3%d. l0%d. 300
English Flanks Beef . 4d. 10d. 250 .
Chilled Flanks Beef............. 2%d. , 8d. 370
Chilled Briskets . . . . . 3d. 9%d. 320
Chilled Clods and Stickmgs Bee .
(Stew and Pudding Meat used "
by the very poor)............. 2d. 8d. 400
"Now in all the price advances we find the dehnite assertion of the
law that the article of food primarily consumed by the poorest
inevitably reveals the greatestadvance. Thus we see that the meat
which costs 5d. per lb. in July, 1914, advances 250 per cent., while
that which costs 2d. per lb. advances 400 per cent. In varying gradu-
, ation this holds good throughout‘ the history of increased price, the
reason being that as prices go up those sections of [the community
which are better off increase their purchases of the cheapest article,‘
with the result that when the lowest grade is reached and no lower
is attainable the pressure of demand is at its greatest-a pressure
which brings about that acute privation of the very poor which times
like these produce. , ’
‘ “This condition of things must obviously entail consequences of a
most serious description. Indeed, it is not too much to saythat‘
something approximating to slow ‘starvation must of necessity, be
The table, according to the editor of the New Witriess . ‘
the lot of many thousands of women, entailing consequences gravely ‘
prejudicial to the future of the race."