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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1912, Image 9

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THE REMARKABLE SYMPATHY OF WILLIE HEARST
FOR THE BRITISH COAL MINERS
r. . Hearst's American this after
noon prints three cartoons and a
long, fine editorial about the jus
tice of the demands of striking
coal miners.
Which sounds fine, and may
make ' you think that Willie
Hearst, surely is the friend of the
workingman unless you happen
to examine the cartoons a little
more closely and "read the edi
torial. (
If you do these last, however,
you'll find out that the cartoons
-are taken from the Labor Leader
of LONDON, and that the edi
torial is all ahout the justice of
the demands of the striking
BRITISH miners, and the piti
fulness of the wages paid the.
BRITISH miners, and the neces
sity of seeing that the BRITISH
I miners have adequate protection
for BRITISH lives and limbs.
There isn't a word in that edi
torial about the AMERICAN
coal strike. There isn't a word
about the justice of the demands
of the AMERICAN coal! miners,
of the right of AMERICAN coal
miners to a decent living wage, of
the right of AMERICAN coal
miners to proper protection for
AMERICAN lives-and limbs.
In fact, you couldn't tell frorii
reading that editorial, or study
ing those cartoons that there was
or ever had been such a thing as
an AMERICAN coal miner.
And there isn't much news in
" Hearst's American, about'" the
American coal miners' strike
for what there is before you can
find it
There's the whole Atlantic
ocean between Hearst news
papers and those poor, abused,
coal miriers of Great Britain, and
the mine owners of Great Britain,
don't advertise in Hearst's news
papers. So Hearst is for the British
coal miner. He is for him strong,
and he is willing and anxious to
back them up in his newspapers
which are published in America,
and he is willing and anxious to
tell just why he is backing them
up. He just spills all over him
self in sympathy for the British
coal miners in that editorial.
Here's a sample paragraph
from the editorial :
"And no one can contradict the
actual statistics which show that
four miners are killed in England
every day. And no one can quar
rel with their (the miners') de
mand that precautions shall be
taken to cut down the number of
these deaths."
Now would you think it ever
had occurred to Willie Hearst
that no one can contradict the ac
tual statistics which show that
TEN miners are killed in the
UNITED STATES every day?
And would you think it had
ever occurred to him that no one
can quarrel with the AMERI
CAN miners' demand that every
precaution shall be taken to cut
down the number of these
deaths?
If you did think that these
cither. You have to go hunting
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