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to force the big corporations to
givethem at least part of a living
The average weekly wage of
workers in the mills is 7 to 8 dol
lars, for the men, and 5 to 7 for the
women and children. Thus it is
necessary for every member of a
family to work in the mills in or
der to keep body and soul together.
The profits of the mill owners
are so great, that -stock of the Pa
cific Mills company, of a par val
ue of $100, is quoted in Boston at
$3,350 a share. v
The difficulties of the strike
leaders is increased by the, pres
ence of foreign workers, import
ed by the mill owners to cheapen
labor. These importations of the
mill ownei's are unmanageable.
AN EDITORIAL ON CO-OPERATION
By H. J. May
Secretary of the British Co-Operative Wholesale Society
, To summarize the benefits of co-operation:
'We claim it gives the greatest purchasing power to the weekly
wage; an encouragement to thrift in the system of cash payment;
automatic saving in the shape of dividends on purchases ; a safe in
vestment for savings; opportunities for training and education in
citizenship free from the bias of the "schools;" a direct share in the
government of a pure democracy; and a place of honor and useful
ness according to merit and ability in a movement whrc&hids fairto
circle the globe with its influence and to be second lb nne among
the working class organizations of the future.
It may seem that the benefits are material and fall short of the
ideals we have declared, but beyond all these things lie the ajm and
determination of our people to put an end to the' evils of corrupt
trading andjhe division of men into capitalists and laborers.
This spirit of association, and the resolute refusal to accept the
present state of society as final, elevates co-operation above all other
working class movements.
It is for us so to control commerce and industry .that crooked
trading and illegitimate profits will be impossible in order that
every man who pays may be assured of getting his money's worth.
But we are not stopping there. -We are building up a new
citizenship which even now is entering updn the time when it has
both the wits and the will to wield a tremendous social and political
Influence for the promotion of a happier and juster social order and
the realization of the old ideals.
C, Brown, head of
railway system, be
gan by piling cord-wood for en
gines to burn. Get busy, sonny 1
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