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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 16, 1912, Image 7

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tional Packing Co. did to the beef
industry.
It is to be hoped that the gov
ernment's passion for a dissolu
tion of the moving picture trust
will not have the same effect as
in the Standard Oil, Tobacco an,d
Beef Trust cases '
HAS CHICAGO DISCOVERED ITSELF?
According to General Manager Miller, of the Association of
(Commerce, Chicago has discovered itself during Made-in-Chicago
week. And then he goes on to say there has been a large increase,
in the membership of Chicago business associations and that sales
have increased.
All of that is very fine. Probably Chicago will be boosted and
business will boom. But Chicago has a long ways to go before it
really discovery itself.
Booming business alone won't make Chicago or any other city
great. Big skyscrapers, monster railway stations, gorgeous lobster
palaces and beautiful boulevards cut a figure, but after all what
makes any great city is the character of the men, women and chil
dren who live in it.
Some fool business men think the way to make a city great is
to .make a cheap labor market, so tha.t enormous profits may be
made by manufacturing. To that end, they organize and try to
break up labor unions and establish the open shop which generally
means open to all but union workmen.
But the lower the scale 'of wages in a city, the lower 'the scale
of humanity, and the loyer the moral tone of the community.
There are people in this town who think that the big depart
ment stores help niake Chicago great, because some of them are
supposed to be the greatest stores, in the world.
But the magnificent displays in the show windows don't tell the
whole story. Neither does a Field museum of art, prove that Mar
shal Field was a good citizen. Marshal Field was but one of many
men who became multi-millionaires by making labor cheap. Many
of the women whose names almost daily grace the sassiety columns
of the fawning newspapers, make their lavish displays on fortunes
ground out of the very souls of men, women and children.
No, those beautiful "displays of made-in-Chicago products don't
fell the whole story. Back of them is the story of life, with its wick
edness, its greed, its humanity, its sordid selfishness and its innu
merjible shams.
And Chicago will not haye discovered itself until everybody
knows the whole story, and has insisted that the people who do the
actual work are paid enough for-it to live decent, wholesome and
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