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The Answer to the Query

The reviewer's query arose from the fact that the announcement in the front of the book criticized is, that only signed copies will be sold by the author, and at $10 per copy; but that typewritten or MS. copies may be made by any persons, who may sell them for what they will. Now, what constitutes the answer to the question of the reviewer is this: There may be many who, for a price that would not seem prohibitive—who for five dollars, perhaps, or even less—would make MS—or typewritten copies. Thus, an increasing number of people will have an opportunity created by which they will be enabled to make a living until a better opportunity is before them. Even if, upon its face, an effort to bring about such a result appears to be illogical, or absurd, or foolish, still if, at the time of making it, it does not appear to be within our power to make any of another kind, to obtain for "houseless heads" a shelter, let us be then at least the kind of fools that will make the effort. We thereby may achieve the splendid success of not being spoken well of by all men for having made it.

I saw after midnight—at a time when the German state had provided for its soldiers, their officers, the Emperor and his household, warm clothes, sufficient food, and a roof, while the snow was falling, huddled together in doorways, upon the highways of the German capital, because the jails were already filled— so it was said—to the limit, mothers and their little ones, and old men, whose "houseless heads, whose unfed sides, whose looped and windowed raggedness" were not for them a defense against the inclemency of the season. And having noted the officers and soldiers, and Emperor and Emperor's household, who were first clothed and fed, before these women and babes and old men—having noted these soldiers and officers and Emperor and Emperor's household, for whom the German state provided, seeing that the state did not also provide for these less strong ones also labor and occupation, by means of which to obtain them—I remembered words that then applied to this German state and to any which does not, with exact and equal justice to all citizens alike, furnish opportunity to obtain, by their hands, so much as to these others had already been given—clothing sufficient for warmth, nourishment sufficient for health, and a roof: Inasmuch as you did it NOT to one of the least of these you did it NOT to me.

At some future date the author of this work may—if the German government shall, in the meantime, first have seen to it that by day or night no one will any more have to walk the streets of its capital lacking clothes, or bread, or roof—come again to visit that city.

—Adair Welcker

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