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CHALLENGE TO A FINISH ;
Coal at Newcastle, Eng., $20 a ton !
1 Coal at Pittsburg, U. S. A.,-$20 per ton is not an impossibility.
- Laughable" to those who have the $20. Horrible to all others.
Shameful to a government of, by and for the people.
But Bob LaFollette has the remedy. "He would have Uncle
Sam mine, transport and sell those mountains of Alaskan coal.
Miners would be fairly paid, live comfortably and become patriotic
citizens. The day of the Pennsylvania slaveand the Pennsylvania
Cossack and "divine right" baron would pass, and coal light, heat,
power would not be a luxury for the exclusive rich. The carpen
ter, the mason, the machinist, the railroader, the clerk would not
have to freeze and starve because their fellow-man, the miner, could
no longer bear the awful conditions of his life.
But do you appreciate what LaFollette has challenged? He
has challenged the very life of monopoly.
t He has challenged the infamous' combination between railroad
kings and coal barons that has, in spite of all legislation, made Penn
sylvaniaa travesty and dishonor to the very idea of freedom and
brotherhood, that has filled, with skeletons of fathers and sons, the
bowels of good old William Penn's commonwealth of "brotherly
love" and made it a stench as the commonwealth of brotherly
He has challenged all other propositions for immediate return
to self-government hy the pedple. Let Uncle Sam do it! It is the
hand writing on the wall writ by the lightning of justice. And cry
ing aloud for the truth, sense and justice of it is that incomparable
patriot from Wisconsin whom, sick or well, underneath or on top,
alone if need's, they cannot conquer, 'buy, fool or frighten.
Ball players fight for victory,
and fight like the dickens, but
they don't say such nasty thidgs
a,bout one another as the politic
ians do. And the umpire would
send them to the club house if
they tried it. 'Maybe that's what
we need in politics an umpire
who will banish the rowdy bosses
and spellbinders from the game.
BTit the people alone can be umpire.
v Now "watch-tfaeatent medi
cine sharks begin advertising1
spring blood medicines.
Said the maid with the dreamy,
"I'll go with you, dear, anywhere
For I am so glad
When my head's on the pad
That makes your round shoulders
Competition 'is the life of
- trade, baseball and poker.
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