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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1911, Image 16

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Written for The Day Book by Brand Whitlock,Mayor of Toledo.
The announcement that the
McNamaras have confessed their
sruilt is a sickening- moral shock
to those who had believed in their
innocence. There is much that
one is etmpted to say, but I have
time now only to ppint out tht
their desperate and cruel crime
was based on an old error, the
fundamental error of thinking
that there are circumstances
which justify force and brutality,
and violence.
All the brutality, all the vio
lence in civilization are based on
that error, including official bru
tality and violence, and no cause
can succeed, no people can be
come really great until they learn
that, as Tolstoy says, there are
no such circumstances.
There is no more good in dyna
inite than there is-in Pinkerton
bullets, for instance; no "more,
good in assassination than there
is in hanging, and no difference
between them; they are all the
It is another betrayal of the'
cause of labor, and labor's ene
mies will take advantage of it, de
spite the protestations some of
them made at the opening of the
drama that it involved only the
guilt or innocence of individuals,,
and not the justice-of. a cause. '
In that, of course, they were
correct, although the vast back-'
ground was always there, and
against it the mighty protagon
ists could be seen in their strug-
have committed awful crimes
does not prove that the cause of
labor is unjust. It has been be
trayed over and over again in is
history; it must have learned that
so much more is expected of it
morally than is expected of Priv
ilege, in whose name so many
crimes have been committed
down the centuries and it will do
now what it has done on so many
pitiful, on so many tragic occa
sions before this, t will get lip
and go on towards justice and
the light. .
The report of the committee oi
the Chicago Federation of Labor,
appointed to investigate charges
in connection with the passage of
the workmen's compensation law,
made yesterday, exonerated Pres
ident John Fitzpatrick of any
questionable actions in an effort
to defeat the bill.
After die committee Handed in
its report, President E. R. Wright
of the state federation, defended
the law, and paved the way for a
muddle of crimination and re
crimination, in which several del
egates took part.
President Fitzpatrick led the
a'ttackon compensation, and cited
laws in other states to show how
ineffective it was.
Delegate W. E. Rodriguez I
struck the keynote of the situa
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