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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1912, Image 10

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WHO IS THE REAL U. S.
GOVERNMENT?
Did you notice how calm the
government is when arresting
millionaires like the beef barons,
and how excited it gets when
hunting down workingmen?
Government officials are not
only kindj gentle and considerate
with millionaires when they vio
late the law, but also Very apolo
getic. But when workingmen
are charged with some violation
of the law, they are hunted down
like wild animals.
We don't know, of course,
whether the labor leaders just ar
rested are guilty or innocent, But
everybody knows that for days
the trust newspapers have been
getting inside information, and
printing the names of the men
the government expected to in
dict. And then it was all arranged
for a grandstand play a regular
round-up. All of the indicted
workingmen were arrested on
the same day, so as to make a big
story for the newspapers.
While on the face of things the
government is acting for the peo
ple, the most interested concern is
the steel trust.
In order to maintain slavery in
the steel business, the steel trust
must prevent organization of
workingmen in every branch of
the steel trade.
And every other trust is inter
ested in having the steel trust
victorious in its war against
labor.
.For it is a war of extermina
tion. When you come to think of it,
the government shows more zeal
in prosecuting' workingmen for
transporting dynamite from one
state to another, than it does in
prosecuting millionaire beef
barons for robbing all of the peo
ple in all of the states by estab
lishing a food .monopoly and
boosting the cost of living.
Is the steel trust, with J. P.
tyforgan at its head, the real gov
ernment of the United States?
THE LAWRENCE STRIKE
Contributed by A. Chard, 1648
Park avenue.
Down where they weave cotton
Conditions are rotten;
The toilers get very poor pay; '
While the owners make money,
They get all the honey,
And ride in their autos so gay.
They cut down the wages,
So the battle now rages,
Ths trouble we all so dislike,
Tis to us appalling,
When the hungry is calling,
While the "bread earners are on a
strike.
The men who do thevsweating,
Should be fair wages getting,
The boss should make profits,
that's true,
But not by oppressing,
Or by causing distressing
To mankind, as this life they go
through.

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