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- THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE
., All through history the rich -and powerful have been bHhd-to
the signs of the times. Snug and comfortable in, their luxury,
they couldn't know what was going on in the mindsof "the millions
who toiled and slaved with little hope in their hearts fo'r any better
conditions on earth. ( x
Probably now the class that lives on the toil -of others sees no
significance iji the almost world-wide discontent ol coal miners.
But there is a significance just the same." 4
In fact a state of war between classes exists.
And the workers of the world, who'have been ,taught by their
religion, whatever it might be, that all men are brothers, "begin to
see that after all the brotherhood of man may, be'something more w
than a dream. ,
All England is scared out of its businessand political wits by
a threatened complete paralysis of business because the coal miners
have refused to longer be slaves and obey their masters.
In. Germany the coal miners are making men see that industry
has a mighty important relation to the daily work of humble coal
g In Pranccthe minerstetruck for a few hours just to show France
What they could do if so minded. l"
' In the United States a tremendous strike of anthracite miners
"fe imminent. -April 1 Will probably see the "beginning of a lesson
that men wont soon forget.
-t' Of course we have had miners strikes before. But never before
3vere the miners in various parts ofthewprltf so nearly acting to
gether. Never before was such a human bpnd of sympathy running,
fbetween brothers who live in different' lands and speak different
tongues. ; v .
What would the world do if all c6alniiners struck at the same
Wfyat would the world do if all railrpads had to suspend opera
tions for Want of coal for their engines?
s What would the world do if all factories.'h.adlo shut down, and
lU mills too, for want of fuel ? , '
How would the millionaires make more money?
All these lessons show labor something even though 'capital be
blind. More and more every day the toilers see the power of the
geople, the many, many millions who do the world's work 'and niake
tthe world's wealth. ,
More and more they see the ' folly of competition between
workers when there is little of it between capitalists.