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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1911, Image 3',
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more trouble financially.- "' ''
- , "He tp.ok me tp see Rockefellers
Iifeltrvery.-highly honored then.
They jtfertspeajcing his nanje in
whispers dqwni -there, 'and' I
thdught h,e,- was a great . man.
"VYben'heca,nie in. he shppk hands
wthttj. ; He 'had Vjijuidly vface,
aid,1wats".a-brotherlysort qf fel-
JP.W.V ,1 . ypi tJ " '
ifHe .askedaabojit, niy:' family,
and said -he had-aiured' hiniself
j tjijitlwewere x straight; honest
feljpws. ' ly.- " '
"'!Thebigges,t. rnistakcl ever
mdewas'Vfheft'I-vVent'to 4ee this
man. He captured, me, and then
turned me 'pyer'to Gates!" '
.-'-'The pipneer" then Hvent" on 'to
dll-how Rockefeller ."secured"
the r'da"d,,aiid froze'himself, -and
his,boAther"out.'', '''" ' " r- '
, ,'Afterv he. had finished -Stanley
announced he-''would- subpoena
"Rockefeller! " ,
"The Stdeli Trusrattorneys are
fighting 'h'arcl to. prevent! Rocke
feller being summoned, and there
js1 danger that Stanley will lose
"cohtrol of the committee.-'
. There arefdur Republicans and
ftve'Democrats on "the committee,
and 'Rep. "Martin W. - 'Littleton,
N: Y.,(Dem), seema to object to
the investigation going any fur
ther, or the 'callihg'of Rockefeller.
K'he should vote witlrthe Repub
licans' Stanley would lose con
trol. T ' ' - - v '
'Merritt's relation of how the
railroad' actually -"became Rocke
fellers" wasps' follows: r '
'""Gates cameto'me with smiles',
arid:'saidr:( Tijcoirie'frbm John D;
mind what he want's done. The
whole -thing is planned." It is the
proudest moment of my life.'" -""Then
he told me Rockefeller
could throw' me and my brother
out of the company any time he
wanted to protect other interests,
blit that we had borne the burden
and heat of the day and he.be
lieved we? should enjoy the. fruit
of our labors.- -
"Gates -told meJ Rockefeller.
would like to deal with the Mer-
rittvandjf we would deal with
him, we would remain -in the
co.mpany and be taken care of.
"Then he told me that other
stockholders of- the company
would have' to be forced out if -we
were to stay iii. He mentioned
several. 6f our associates. My
brother turned to Gates-and said:
" 'Mr. GateSj we- have laws in
this country! To do what you
want us to do would land us in
jail. Rockefeller with his $700,
000,000 can't makens-do that.'
"L turned to Gates and said. '
"You came from Rockefeller.
Go back' to.him and tell him that
when I steaj for a living, I'll steal
"Shortly after that I was told
we would have to pay our loan
within 24 hours.
"There I was in New York.
They had my stock. I didn't even
have enough money' to get' home
on. Gates told me I'd have, to'
walk home on the ties.
"I could not see how in hell it
was that I had gone.to New York
with millions, and in those few,
months lost them all and stood
contemplating ' a' wreck.- -I 'had'
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