From the Rock Island Argus, March 18, 1913. By S. E. Kiser. “Man wants but little here below”—once that perhaps was true; I have no right to think I know, no more, indeed have you; Man may have once been satisfied to skimp along somehow, But it is not to be denied that much is needed now. There was a time when eggs were not quite worth their weight in gold, When bacon did not cost a lot and steaks were cheaply sold. When beans and bread and milk and cheese had not, in fact, obtained A place among the luxuries from which the poor abstained. Man needs a fortune here below to live in comfort now; No wonder that the wrinkles show so plainly on his brow; He has to have a lot to drive starvation from his door, And month by month they still contrive to keep him needing more.
The Cost of Living