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.