Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968). The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
Mr. Dooley on the Trusts
By Finley Peter Dunne
(American humorist and social philosopher, born 1867)
MIND ye, Jawn, Ive no wurrud to say again thim that sets back in their own house an lot an makes th food iv th people dear. Theyre good men, good men. Whin they tilt the price iv beef to where wan pound iv it costs as much as many th man in this Ar-rchey Road d wurruk from th risin to th settin iv th sun to get, they have no thought iv th likes iv you an me. Tis aisy come, aisy go with thim; an ivry cint a pound manes a new art musoom or a new church, to take th edge off hunger. Theyre all right, thim la-ads with their own porkchops delivered free at th door. Tis, Will ye have a new spring dress, me dear? Willum, ring thim up, an tell thim to hist the price iv beef. If we had a few more pitchers an statoos in th musoom twud ilivate th people a sthory or two. Willum, afther this steak ll be twinty cints a pound. Oh, theyre all right, ony I was thinkin iv th Connock mans famly back iv th dumps.
Mebbe so, said Mr. Dooley. Mebbe so. What th ell, annyhow. Mebbe tis as bad to take champagne out iv wan mans mouth as round steak out iv anothers. Lent is near over. I seen Doherty out shinin up his pipe thats been behind th clock since Ash Winsdah. Th girls ll be layin lilies on th altar in a day or two. The springs come on. Th grass is growin good; an, if th Connock mans children back iv th dumps cant get meat, they can eat hay.