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Single Tax

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

The single tax uieetiug beid in Lyr;, hall was well attended and before it was over all the seats were filled. Thomas Bawden', of Detroit, th. speaker, was very ranch in earnest. He has a pleasant voice, bnt a somewhat peculiar pronunciad on of sonue words. He was evidently not w atheïst and tborougbly Ix-lieves in tèmperanée and total abstinence froc tobáceo aud liqnor. He defiued the siugle tax idea to be tho taxiug of laud accordiDg to its value, withotit regards to to its irnprovenieuts. He said l,:J0O billious were x)nid auutially in this country for rent of which 400' millions went to Englaud and Germany. That was what the people paia. for breathing the Amricau air. Wages were what can be produced by hands npon raw producís. Everything in life thaf is worth lïaviug comes from labor, He did uot criticise the landlord or the capitalist as everybody would be one if they had the chance. The law of rent was a natural monopoly. Poverty comes from the brokeu. laws of God, no prartr can save mens from poverty. If a man gets more rent for a store uow than 10 years ago, it is becanse the population is more dense and land values have iucreased. More people today were too poor to buy 100 miles of railroad travel than 10 years ago. This was not progresa, it was retrogression. Machines did not displace men but displaced land, mak ing it more rare. He was quite severo in bis criticisiü on Rockafellow and the Baptist church and thought Rockafellow 's religión, was really hypocracy. Mr. Bawden made some converts by his talk alié was particularly pleasing to tbe tol - loweis of the Henry Georse itlea.