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December 31, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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December 31, 1924

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CATALINA ISLANDER IbLE MEN AND IDLE DOLLARS NEEEDED IN PRODUCTION ii.I! is .a conunon beH'-'--~f nowadays that t, everyone produced to the best of ~s ablhty that it would not be long WOre there . ,,., . would be over-1)ro(luctlon aml thJs Would bring again tile evils of ~aenlPloyment. This is not true, how- l'er. As long as there are people in the WOrld who need clothing and food l:ving because out o~ pro~tuction nmst be paid all wages for both labor and ca!)itaI. America needs both her idle men and her idle dollars in proluctive work. More l)rodnction means more necessities, more comforts, more lux- uries for everyone. To produce these the idle men and the idle dollars must renew theh- business partnership. Some of the great opportunitibs that and Shelter, in fact, all of the neces- tlle \Vorhl war brought to America slties of 1 fe there cannot be an over- still remain. The world still leans .., _,_., t',nssia s raw materials and, to place ' "-" ' a lesser extent, the manufactured to h;~ - " " "'. " is goo~ls ofCentral Europe. But our ~. '" advantag-e to hold back his in- outlult Of many products, unsettled in .mVldual effort)ails to understand that the readjustment of prices, has fall- It is not his employer who pays his Wages but the public who buys the Product of that manufactm-er. The l~artfaeturer merely furnishes the !.%ls and enll)lOVS the workers to as- sist him in making the finished prod- ~t.. The /)rice receixed for this fin- ed Product pays the worker his Wages and the manufacturer for his taw nlaterials and expense." Then, if the worker refuses to turn ~ut the full amount of work required Y hil~L the market t)rice of that arti- cle becomes higher and the consumer ~2fUses to pay for it if he can obtain e san~e goods at a cheaper price elsewhere. He Illay (,,,-ell have to buy ~r0nl another country where the pro- uUchon is greater and the price less. hThe belief on the part of large num- ers of 1)COllie that they, can benefit bY doing less work and receiving a ~arger salary has -roduced some of the most distressing scenes in history. l~he Mea that it is to the advantage ui the individual to produce as little as POssible and get the highest wage ~issible never has been able to bene- t humanity nor raise the standard of en far below ordinary needs. If production continues on the pres- ent scale, .-~.l]lel'icans nlust ])erlnanent- ]y reduce their living standard in hous- ing, in transl)ortation, in garments and in all of the things that go to make Ul) the life of the average American family. The education of the children, the arts and sciences, the efforts of charity, the luxuries of the home can- not fail to suffer as the necessities fade away. We cannot maintain aH these advantages of civilization while so much of our resources in the in- dividual effort of the workers and the wealth of the world is unused and unl)roducing. The employment of the idle man and the idle dollar that will produce the necessities of the world must be ben- eficial. We need both in the building trades. We need them in railroad equipment. Europe needs machinery and raw materials for making clothing and rebuilding her worn out railroads. It is folly to compete with her cheap labor in a vain attempt to provide her with garments or textiles or transpor- - :P@GE:" EIVE tation. ity to continue our customer' Wait on her production of these essentials. In helping her to resume we cannot fail to help ourselves.--Pacific Woodman: But her ,prosperity and abil- : .................................................... II I LOST TALENT ~=~g'~l~,m~~jr~' '... ~"':~ ..... . ana the wy rto go $ A great deal of talent is lost in the world for tile want of a little courage Every day sends to their graves a number of obsure men who have only remained in obscurity because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort; and who, if they could have been induced to begin, would in all 1)robability have gone great lengths in the career of fame. The fact is that, to do anything in this worhl worth doing, we must not stand back shrinking and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.-- Rev. Sydney Smith. Watch the world come to Catalina. Bungalows & Rooms For Rent at geasonable Prices Martha E. (ilidden, Proprietor (Mrs. Seth Glidden) INSUlt, A, Fire, Accident, Compensation, Life, Theft, Etc. Representin~ Ottl3" Reliable Companies J. E. MATHEWSON - Avalon to GO EAST via one of Southern Pacific's four great Transcontinental routes; return on an- other if you choose. Rely upon the safety, comfort, convenience and wide scope of Southern Pacific ser- vice. Communicate with any Southern Pacific agent for complete railroad inform. tion regarding any trip you plan to ta~e. @ F. S. McGINNIS, Asst, Pass. Traffic Mgr. Pacific Electric Bldg,, Los Angeles LEASE HAS BEEN SOLD low as t 331