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"SENATOR-BOB" IS FOR JUSTICE AND THE RE,A
RIGHTS OF PROPERTY, SAYS HERBERT QUIC&
By Herbert Quick'.
I do not think it fair to sav that
LaFollette is a champion of labor,
any more than a champion of cap
ital. He is for justice. His -record
in,, constructive statesman
ship s jiovs tjiis. - Het is for the
rights of property real rights-r-
And he believes that a man's
right to himself is -the most sac
red right of property. And thjs
rigfot involves his security inal
he produces by his labor. LaFol
lette may be reckoned as the
friend of any property Linqoln
would befriend. - ,
I suppose every railway em
ploye knows hat o Senator- La
FolIptte.be owes, the company
from working himuntjl he drops,.
.LaFollette thought it vas not
well for the public that railways
. be operated by men grossly over
worked, that it wasnot welljfqr
the.railrqad. men tn be grossly
overworked, and that in the , end
it was not wglj for. the, railroads
grQssly to overwork their men.
The law in Wisconsin, prior to
188Q, made railways liable to
employes injured while at work if
free from negligence themselves,
even, though tlje "accifiept: majf
haye been. le fult'pf q feljpw
But ambng the things the rail
ways did with their old-corrupt'
legislatures was to pass1 a J4w
fepgalipg fpe "fellow-servant"
As. a result injured rajlrogd
employes were ' almost' without
remedy. 'The courts' construed
the law strictly .against them. x
LaFollette, in two legislative
fights in tie first to which He
was beaten by the railway lobby
got this changed. His Taw did
way, too, with the rule of "as
sumption of risk," under whi'clnt
workman is held to consent to
danger, and made it the duty 9f
the railways to mke their serv
ice safer by "tell-tales" and otl?
time, had a bureau of labor, apo"
a factory 'inspection department",
both dead letters. In "1903 he
called upon the legislature to std
child. labor, nop-attendance t
School, and bad factory condj,
rtiops. He called for laws compelling
reports of accjdepts, making fjre
escapes mandatory in factorieS,
against Jong hours of' work for
women and children, against xft
healthful an4 dangerous sur
roundings, and for juvenile courts
to save children,. - -
All these Jaws were passed. '3
talked not manv months ago wjtH
a young womgn who is devoting1
her life to th,e cguse of the factqry
girls, ' '
She works in factories so that
'she may jepopt conditions. I $$?
ed' ner about conditions in Wis
consin. . "They are among tj?e
very bet," said she.
Wisconsin's w 9 r k'i ngmeps
compensation law is the npdej
for a great body of such law? .$1
this "country. It seeks to make
the industry-ndt tne employer;
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