Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|Mr. Dooley on Prosperity|
By Finley Peter Dunne
(American humorist and social philosopher, born 1867)
|YES, Prosperity has come hollerin an screamin. To read th papers, it seems to be a kind iv a vagrancy law. No wan can loaf anny more. Th end iv vacation has gone fr manny a happy lad that has spint six months ridin through th counthry, dodgin wurruk, or loafin under his own vine or hat-three. Prosperity grabs ivry man be th neck, an sets him shovellin slag or coke or runnin up an down a ladder with a hod iv mortar. It wont let th wurruld rest.
It goes around like a polisman givin th hot fut to happy people that are snoozin in th sun. Get up, says Prosperity. Get up, an hustle over to th rollin mills: theres a man over there wants ye to carry a ton iv coal on yeer back. But I dont want to wurruk, says th lad. Im very comfortable th way I am. It makes no difference, says Prosperity. Yeve got to do yeer lick. Wurruk, fr th night is comin. Get out, an hustle. Wurruk, or ye cant be unhappy; an, if th wurruld isnt unhappy, theyse no such a thing as Prosperity.|| 1|