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COLORADO MAY PAY DIVIDENDS" 7tQ-CITIZENS;-
COAL WILL DO IT ' t -
' Mr. Common Citizen walks up to the tax 'gatherer's window,
throws down a handful of silver and awaits hisftax-receipt. The col
lector takes lown a big
book, thumbs his way
through to page so and so,
hauls out the cash drawer
and grabs a little wad of
ones and twos, shoves the"m
over the -counter to Mr. C.
C, disdaining to take note
of the -silver lying there.
Mr. C C. is astonish
ed, everlastingly flabber
gasted, so to speak. Wh
what does this mean?" he
finally gets out.
"It means," explains the
collector, "that Colorado is
going to let its coal mines pay all the taxes, arid ih'vgood years there
will be dividends to hand out, too; please make way forMrs. Poor
Widow, so I can give her her dividend."
No, that is not an Utopian dream ; it's what can be done in the
state of Colorado, says Edward Keating, president of the state land
board, if Colorado will mine its own coal, instead of leasing them to
the Rockefellers and other big interests for 0 cents a ton.
"We can," 'he avers, "pay high union labor wages, provide for
the safety of the miners, sell coal to consumers at two-thirds the
present prices, and pay all the taxes of the state. We have enough ,
coal undr Colorado to supply the whole country for 200 years."
Colorado has the initiative and "referendum, so it can put the
question right up to its people ; the oqly obstacles may be such as
the"courts throw in the path. A prospective coal strike this spring
may influence the citizens fo move a little faster towards getting
hold of their own property. .
v "It's pure socialism," gasp the coal-carrymg-railroads, and the '
coal owning corporations.
"No, just cheap coal and plain business-by the, people, and for
themselves," smiles Keating. :
People seldom take the pleasure
in congratulating you on your
success that tKey,. do in sympa-
thizing with you3 in your 'failure-
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