The Ration Ticket

Excerpt from the diary of Jules Flegmon.

13 February. -- It's an outrage! A denial of justice! A monstrous assassination! The decree has just appeared in the newspapers and I'll be damned if they haven't placed artists and writers in amongst "those consumers whose upkeep is not offset by any justifiable compensation"! I might possibly have understood if the measure applied to painters, to sculptors, to musicians. But to writers! In this, there is an inconsistency, an aberration, which shall remain the supreme shame of our time. For, after all, the usefulness of writers needs no demonstration, certainly not mine, I can say in all modesty. Now I shall be entitled to only fifteen days of existence per month.
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