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of an ideal life (though blurred and not perhaps so clear as White's
White admits this in his letter to the Editor), Amundsen's was yet
the vision of a kindred soul that was willing to go in quest of his ideal
and pay foi and suffer in its attainment.

Yes, and there would still be another reason why White would
journey as far as New York with Amundsen. White is one of those
fellows with a great deal of confidence in his own ideals; and knowing
New York City to be the quintessence of culture, progress and achieve-
ment, he would know that Amundsen, being also intelligent, would
see the obviousness of his, White's, contention when they got to New
York and would gladly remain and sing its praise. If he didn't,
Amundsen could still go on, while White could remain and keep up a
correspondence with him, pointing out the features of New York that
Amundsen had overlooked and keeping "A" in mind of the hardships
and pitfalls of a trip to the North Pole, for by that time they would
have become real friends, respecting each other's good faith though
quarrelling (as good friends will) abo"ut the incidentals of their various
opinions and beliefs.

Is it necessary, Mr. Editor, for me to draw analogies? Is it necessary
for me to point out that the "North Pole" of the Socialists and the
"New York City" of the Single Taxers are both but visions, both
goals still to be reached? Fortunately (or unfortunately, as some
may view it) the road to both lies along the same general path and over
the same obstructions. At some points there is no roadway, forests
must be cleared, streams forded, planking laid, bridges built and in
some places almost insurmountable obstacles overcome.

We can multiply the Whites and the Amundsens, but as yet we can-
not find a sufficient number of men with vision and ideals to cooperate
and make the work of "clearing the brush" and building the road
light enough even for those who have set themselves the task of carry-
ing on.

Shall we, then, who have the vision that urges us on, and a goal
that requires such effort and sacrifice, shall we make the quest harder
by dividing the hands that can help at least to the point where our
figurative paths branch off? And who can say that in such work thus
communally done there shall not arise a mutual understanding that
will make for the survival of what is right.

For myself, Mr. Editor, I am somewhat in the attitude of mind
Mr. White displays in his letter I am sure I am right. But there
the similarity ends. I am so sure I am right, so confident of the reason-
ableness and the justice of the philosophy of Henry George, that I am
not afraid to trust it to the consideration of our friends the Socialists,
or to trust myself in their company while pursuing our common ideals
so far as we know them to be common; and I am further confident
that by the time we together have cleared away the brush on the way
to Human Equality, and have achieved our common goal, the Equal
Right to the Use of the Earth by the Nationalization of the Rent of
Land and the Abolition of All Taxes, our friends the Socialists will
have become Single Taxers because their ideals will have been realized.

Now, Mr. Editor, just one more thought. Mr. White, in inveigh-
ing against Socialism and in his desire to get into the "fight," as he
expresses it, loses sight entirely of what you said with reference to the
gradual disintegration of the Marxian .dogmas. He evidently has
taken no notice of your illuminating quotation from Arno Dosch Fleurot
in the New York World of Dec. 9, and surely has omitted
to note the words of Norman Thomas, Socialist candidate for Mayor
of New York in the last election, and which with your permission
I will quote again. Referring to assessments Mr. Thomas demands:

"HONEST AND EXPERT ASSESSMENTS BASED ON THE
PRINCIPLE THAT LAND-VALUES BELONG TO THE COM-
MUNITY WHICH CREATE THEM."



And in stating the principles upon which the Socialist Party might
consider affiliation, Mr. Thomas says:

"THE SOCIALIST PARTY WILL NOT, HOWEVER, GO
ALONG WITH ANY GROUP THAT AVOIDS OR HEDGES ON
THE CAUSE OF NEW YORK'S TROUBLE LANDLORDISM.
THE PEOPLE MUST GET THE BENEFIT OF THE LAND-
VALUES THEY CREATE."

This from the Socialist candidate for Mayor of New York! Does
Mr. White stand any squarer on the essentials of the Single Tax? This
from the man who in this rock-ribbed seat of conservatism polled
174,000 votes, while playing the light of far-seeing radicalism on the
maladministration of government without an unkind word against
or smirch upon anyone! Can White point to a better or more worth-
while leadership.

Let me suggest to Mr. White and to others who think or feel as he
does, that we can do no better than to cooperate with Norman Thomas
"Amundsen" on our way to White's Single Tax New York and con-
fidently trust to the intelligence of all who are with us when we reach
a safe and sure haven to determine for themselves whether the jour-
ney's end has been reached. Let us demonstrate our confidence in
our own philosophy by casting it in a common cause, and ourselves
following to see that its principles are kept clean and unsullied. My
guess is, Mr. Editor, that if we will do this The Single Tax Philosophy
will emerge as a pillar of light guiding the mass, and remain enthroned
at the end as the realization of all hopes and all ideals.

New York City. OSCAR H. GEIGER.

THIS VETERAN STILL AT WORK
EDITOR LAND AND FREEDOM:

This is to greet you upon the festive occasion of Christmas and to
wish you all joy and a very Happy New Year. At this time I want
to thank you personally for the wonderful work you are doing and have
been doing for so many years in the good cause which means so much
to you and to me. I envy you this just as I did the wonderful influ-
ence exerted by Mr. Post. Sometimes the progress being made by
the George philosophy seems awfully slow and discouraging. Why
are men so stupid as not to see the light that burns so brightly for those
whose eyes have been opened?

Tonight I go to speak to the Carpenters Union on Henry George
and his philosophy and, of course, am hoping that what I say may
bear some fruit. I shall distribute some of the condensed copies of
"Progress and Poverty." I do what I can to spread the idea. Such
events as the Edinburgh Conference are encouraging and we must not
lose faith.!

Wichita, Kas. HENRY WARE ALLEN.

A CHEERING MESSAGE
EDITOR LAND AND FREEDOM:

I'm handing it to you for pluck, stickativeness and failure to show
the least evidence of weariness in well doing. While, when the spirit
fails me or my knees weaken, I go way back and sit down, dejected, hope-
less, despondent that my tiny spark sheds no beam across the dark-
ened walks of men, you go cheerily, radiantly on as though in sight
of the advancing goal and assured of a physical entrance upon the
joys of a new earth in which dwelleth righteousness. God bless you
sail on and on and on!

When I get your paper I go through your "Comment and Reflec-
tion," without a stop, much as my fathers when downcast would fall
upon their Bibles. The rest can wait. From that I get just what they
got the food needed and I arise revived, refreshed, inspired, and
summarily overflow into a letter to the Grange, my pastor or anyone
else whose name comes before me, and am soon again on the heights
taking in the beauties and raptures of the dispensation I am helping
to usher in. Then I hear some one was seen reading a copy of LAND



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AND FREEDOM which I placed at his disposal, and I meet a news editor
who asks why I don't send in something, and the possibilities of life
ten. Oh, if all could only keep the spirit!

The last number with your comment on Dr. Winton and the Social-
ists seemed to fit my idea of what should be said and at the same time
inspiring to all interested from our viewpoint, in that it shows "the
world do move" and only needs directing.

Union City, Conn. F. K. PERRY.

THE DRUM BEAT OF SOCIAL REDEMPTION
EDITOR LAND AND FREEDOM:

May I venture to compliment you upon the vitality of the Nov.-
Dec. number of LAND AND FREEDOM. I was glad to see Mr. Millikin's
excellent analysis of the several Single Tax groups, and I welcome
his term .V . which is descriptive and just.

Personally I am unable to generate enthusiasm over any of the forms
of Companionate Single Tax. They all seem to be such a pale shim-
mering of the real thing.

George's crusade had the high beat and rhythm of Salvationism.
Its tone was robust and vibrant, its accent Olympian. The flight of
his imaginative, yet reasoned, thought carried round the world
whereas piecemeal compromises of his idea crawl over mere political
surfaces and tend to stagnate in swamps of petty controversy.

Chatty talks to cheery clubs about exemptions and excess are all
very well, but they create no crusaders. As you are well aware, Henry
George drew no rainbows in charcoal. His pictures glowed with the
high color of emotional fervor, and in his heavens dwelt a God who
provided for all his children. What one hears in the pulsations of
"Progress and Poverty" is the drum beat of social redemption. When
this major theme is stifled, and the flutes and piccolos of minor tax
reform sound their thin and quavering note, is it strange if public atten-
tion wanders and the world hastens back to the solace of its radio?

Boston, Mass. WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON.

NEWS NOTES AND PERSONALS

WM. H. HOFFMAN, member of the Composition Roofer's Union of
Cleveland, Ohio, has evidently been doing some thinking on the tax
problem, for in :n of January 25, he has an article

on "Taxes on Business," containing the following paragraph:

" It would seem that even the average schoolboy should know, by
this time, that :i!l so-called 'taxes on business' are in reality paid, in-
y, by the ultimate consumer. Since about 80 per cent, of the
:te consumers are wage-earners, that means that such a tax would
be paid for, for the most part, by the workers then-selves. The em-
ployer would merely act as an unofficial tax collector for the govern-
ment i. e., he would simply add the tax to the price of his products
and collect it in the form of increased gross receipts, leaving his profits
just where they were before. The important thing in determining
where the burden of taxation really lies is not who hands the money
over to the government, but whose net income is reduced by the
proc

WALTER N. CAMPBELL, of Washington, D. C., attached to the In-
terior Department, is a water-colorist of rare talent. His harbor scenes
especially, are delightfully romantic, while all his compositions are
pleasing and with a delicate blending of rich values. His first artistic
attempt being made when he was thirty-five Mr. Campbell has made
painting his pastime for over thirty years.

TOM L. JOHNSON'S Cleveland Railway Co., now controlled by the
Van Sweringen's, "well known realtors and philanthropists, has with-
drawn the half-fare rate to school children, " observes John W. Raper,
humorist. Single Taxer, and newspaper man of Cleveland. He adds,
"However, motormen and conductors will be carried free, as heretofore."

THE London, (Eng.) Hrra'd contains a column review of " Progress
and Poverty."



MR. J. O'D. DERRICK of Glasgow, the correspondent for Scotland
of The Irish Morning News, Belfast, and of its associate paper, The
Irish Weekly, this year celebrates his 25th year connection with those
journals. His activities as a Single Taxer have often been chronicled
in these columns. Mr. Derrick has just been unanimously elected
secretary of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the National
Union of Journalists, an unsalaried post. The newly elected presi-
dent is Mr. Maurice Shinwell, a brother of Mr. Emmanuel Shinwell,
M. P., who has a post in the Labor Government. One of the Glas-
gow elected members of the Executive Council of the British National
Union of Journalists is another Labor M. P., Mr. Thomas Dickson
who is secretary to the Under-Secretary for Scotland, Mr. Thomas'
Johnstone, M. P., who is the editor of the Glasgow Labor weekly,
The Forward.



AMONG the Single Taxers in attendance at the Fifth New England
Conference held in Boston, November 21st to 23rd, were Prof. Charles
H. Porter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George
H. Duncan, of the New Hampshire Legislature. Speaking on "Civic
and Commercial Advantages of Organized Recreation," Williams
Butterworth, President of the United States Chamber of Commerce,
cited the increased land values that result from recreational centres
and the consequent increased revenue from taxes on these land values.



HAMILTON, OHIO, is one of the few municipalities in the United States
perhaps the only one that owns three major public utilities: water,
gas and electricity. Its pioneering spirit in public ownership resulted
in the acquirement of the municipal water plant in 1884 and was re-
sponsible for Hamilton's being the first American city to go into competi-
tion with privately owned gas works. Dr. Mark Millikin may find
himself responsible for the municipal ownership and operation of a
fourth utility: the street railway system. The present company's
franchise expires in two years. Consequently Dr. Millikin, as a mem-
ber of the Hamilton City Council, urges the city's acquiring the road
and substituting the more economical and flexible buses for local city
transportation. Hamilton has found the City Manager plan very
satisfactory' and sustained Proportional Representation by special
ballot in the last election.



AMONG the New England Single Taxers leaving soon to spend the
winter in Fairhope are Fred T. Burnham, of West Newton, Fiske
Warren, of Boston, Dr. Hetnan Lincoln Chase and son, Heman, Jr.,
of Alstead, New Hampshire, and Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Dennett, of
East Alstead, New Hampshire.

THE death of Hon. Charles R. Grant, of Akron, Ohio, on May 25th,
marks the passing of an able, staunch friend of the Single Tax move-
ment. He was judge of the Probate Court, Summit County, Ohio,
for eight years, 1883-91, and judge of the Court of Appeals of Ohio,
1912-18. Had Judge Grant lived till October 23rd he would have
celebrated his eighty-second birthday.

To "Old Joe" Farabaugh goes the honor of having converted the
main body of the dozens of Single Taxers in the Carrolltown district,
near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. All the Farabaugh 's are Single Tax
thoroughbreds most of them farmers. There's James A. Farabaugh,
brother Joe, at Bradley Junction. There are Englebert, Michael,
Will and Leo all sons of Joe, and Vincent and James G., sons of James
A. Farabaugh.

Judge John H. McCann, of the Cambria County Court of Common
Pleas was first attracted to the study of Henry George's works by Joe
Farabaugh, when Joe, as a man in his thirties, was editor of the
.-.' Record thirty-five years ago. The Swope Brothers of Johns-
town became interested in Single Tax through Joe Farabaugh. Speak-



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ing of him, Judge McCann has said : " He is a very able man and familiar
with history. He gets all the data he caji from everyone he comes in
contact with and carries the good ideas along. "

Joe Farabaugh tells with pride of going to Johnstown one day many
years ago to have his photograph taken. He stopped in the studio
of one Richard George. "Ever hear of Henry George?" asked the
disciple of Richard, little dreaming his identity. "Certainly," replied
Richard. "He is my father, and what's more he's in the very next
room having his photograph taken now." So Joe Farabaugh had a
most unexpected visit with the great philosopher whom he so greatly
admired, and whose doctrines he had been promulgating so enthus-
iastically.

THE . Kansas Union Farmer, of Salina, Kansas, contains a Single
Tax lettei from W. H. Sikes. Mr. Sikes also writes in the Merchants
Journal of Topeka.

MAJOR FEED J. MILLER, of Center Bridge, Pa., now wintering in
Florida, has a review in the Bulletin of the Taylor Society, devoted
to industries and their management, of Significant Paragraphs from
"Progress and Poverty" by Prof. Harry Gunnison Brown. Majoi
Miller says in conclusion:

"Only a few hours of time are needed to read this book and its clari-
fying effect as to the nature, incidence and effects of taxation and ftf
the real basis for our claim to the right of life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness is very stimulating for those who will do a little think-
ing and are puzzled and plagued by our present human problems."

THE Doctor Mary D. Hussey High School Essay Contest carried on
by the committee of ladies and assisted by Edward Polak, has excited
much interest here and abroad. J. O'Donnell Derrick, of Glasgow,
Scotland, has started a similar contest in that city. Mr. Polak writes
that there is no doubt of the importance of this work to bring young
people to our viewpoint.

PROF. JOHN DEWEY thus gracefully acknowledges receipt of con-
gratulations from the Secretary of the Henry George Foundation:

"Please accept my heartiest thanks for your letter on the occasion
of my seventieth birthday. And in as far as you spoke for others in
the Foundation, will you not transmit my grateful acknowledgement
to them also? While I have been able to do very little for the cause
which you represent, it is most gratifying to me to feel a sense of soli-
darity with you who are workers in the field. "

ANOTHER of the faithful to pass away is Victor M. Bissell, of Terry-
ville, Conn., long a subscriber to this paper. Mr. Bissell was very
much of a student, and had been in the book publishing business for
himself, and also with the Appletons and E. P. Dutton. His sight
failed him, but he never tired of books, which members of his family
read to him. His last purchase was the complete set of the works of
Thomas Paine. Mr. Bissell believed that Paine had been greatly mis-
judged. He died on September 27, 1929, at the comparative early
age of fifty-four. He never lost faith in the principles of Henry George
and believed that the Single Tax was the one great hope of a tax bur-
dened nation.

THE death of Thomas B. Preston, for more than fifty years a mem-
ber of the editorial staff of the New York Herald and Sun of this city,
recalls his activity in the early days of the Single Tax movement. He
was seventy-five years old at the time of his death which occured in
January of this year. He was a nephew of Monsignor Preston,
deceased, a high dignitary in the Catholic Church. He himself was
a student of theology and never lost his thirst for knowledge. Late
in life he took up courses in French, Dutch and German. There will
be those among our older readers who will remember him.



UNDER the heading, "Should Single Taxers Cooperate With Social-
ists, " the Fairhope Courier quotes with apparent approval from LAND
AND FREEDOM and calls for correspondence on the question which we
have raised.

IN the course of an excellent editorial in the Christian Science Monitor
the writer says: "Society which questions the claim that it owes
every man a living is realizing that it does owe every man an oppor-
tunity to make a living." This is the gist of the matter.



ON Dec. 21 died George C. Von
Long a member of the Manhattan
local work for the cause, he will be
of this paper. He had been ailing
workers who have passed on are
Ohio, long a worker in the cause,
Canada; and Carlos P. Griffin, of
quent contributors to the work of
pamphlet publishing activities.



Auer, at his residence in this city-
Single Tax Club and active in the
remembered by many of the readers
for some time past. Other faithful
F. H. Augsperger, of Middletown,
J. A. Haggstrom, of Alsask, Sask;,
San Francisco. AH have been fre-
LAND AND FREEDOM and its allied



AN interesting pamphlet comes from our friend, Dr. Chas. J. Lavery,
of Aberdeen, South Dakota, entitled "A Doctor Looks at Prohibi-
tion. " This was read before the recent health association convention
at Minneapolis. It is an argument for federal control of the liquor
traffic.

SPEAKING of our account of the Pittsburgh Henry George Congress
in the Sept. -Oct. number of LAND AND FREEDOM, Fred S. Wallace,
editor of the Coshocton, (Ohio) Tribune writes: "You have done a
good job of reporting."

JAMES B. ELLERY replies to the editor of the Dispatch-Herald of
Erie, Pa., in the columns of that paper and indicates why general pros-
perity fails to accompany progress.

A VERY interesting and impressive list of commendations from many
sources on the lecture work of James R. Brown is issued by the Man-
hattan Single Tax Club. We have not the space to quote even in part
from these striking testimonials.

A CARD from Eben Stillman Doubleday, of Brooklyn, reminds us
that "Ninety Years ago I was born," and concludes, "I want you
to realize that I greet you once more with all hearty good will and
love." His labors for the cause of human emancipation have occupied
a large portion of these long years. May he live to reach the hundred
mark!

A HEADING of an article in the Evening World on the sporting page
from Joseph O'Shea, correspondent at Miami, reads as follows: "Rents
at Miami Boosted as Race Meeting Nears, " which reminds us that
landlordism takes its toll from the sporting fraternity as well as from
business.

CHARLES A. GREEN, author of "Social Justice," reviewed in the
last issue of LAND AND FREEDOM, has been a believer in our gospel
since 1894. He writes, "This philosophy has been my only religion
all these years."

THE organization launched by Will Atkinson, "The All American
Reciprocity League," has enlisted as vice presidents John Dewey,
George Haven Putnam, Oliver T. Erickson and Eugene Manlove
Rhodes. The president is Charles H. Ingersoll.

WRITING on the activities of the Henry George Lecture Association
John Lawrence Monroe writes:
"Mr. Duncan will continue to fill engagements in New England and



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New York State until February 15. Between March 15 and June

I Mr. Duncan will be free and during that time we expect we will be
able to arrange a trip for him through Maine and into Canada.
Mr. McNair will be available during May and the first part of June.

1 think that will be the best time for the proposed Central West tour.

1 am sure a compact itinerary can be arranged for Mr. McNair at that

;ime taking him into the leading cities of Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, and Indiana. It will be an exceptionally fine time for
appointments in Chicago. The University of Chicago, for instance,
without solicitations, has asked us to arrange for Mr. Mills to speak
on the tax situation, and is anxious to hear Mr. McXair when he is

n this vicinity. A prominent radio station will use Mr. McNair for

ts Wednesday Liberal Hour when he is here."

HENRY PRIESMEYER, of St. Louis, Mo., writes: "Through LAND
AND FREEDOM Henry George's immortal message has been fervently
Droclaimed, an inspiration to all Henry George's disciples to carry
on." Charles Lischer, of the same city, "I consider LAND AND FREE-
DOM invaluable to the cause." "Your paper is doing a wonderful
work," writes William R. Williams, of Toronto.

OLIVER MCKNIGHT has a recent letter in the Philadelphia Record.
Mr. McKnight does not weary in well-doing. It is interesting to re-
call that our old friend, friend of so many who recall him, Charles
^rederick Adams esteemed very highly the letters of Brother Mc-
Knight.

EMU, KNIPS, of Fairhope, Ala., recently paid a visit to Prof. S. M.
Dinkins, author of the "Humbuggery of Alabama's School System,"
a book which he much admires and which was reviewed in Nov.-Dec.
number of LAND AND FREEDOM. Mr. Knips very happily calls Prof.
Dinkins, "the Phil Sheridan of the Georgist movement."

MARK M. DINTENFASS has a good letter in the Fort Lee, (N. J.)
', in which commenting favorably on the Pittsburgh Plan for
the cities of >" v Jersey he vertheless has this to say:

"The Pittsburgh Graded 1v Plan" may be, and if applied prob-
ably will be, an ameliorative measure, but nothing less than the col-
lecting by the government of the full ye: ly rent of land in lieu of all
taxes will afford a complete and permanent relief fo the manifold
burdens that now beset humanity."

THE articles on Municipal Housing contributed to the New York
American by Joseph H. Fink, Secretary of the Housing Committee
of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities, are now enshrined in type-
written form in the Municipal Reference Library of this city. They
comprise the results of Mr. Fink's investigations into housing condi-
tions in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Paris and other cities



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