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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1912, Image 5

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The tremendous vote cast at
the last election for Roosevelt and
his social justice platform, to
gether with the big increase in the
Socialist vote, has set even some
of the rich men to thinking.
There's John R. McLean, for
example. He is worth many mil
lions, owns the Cincinnati En
quirer and- the Washington Post,
as well as the Washington gas
company, and oodles of Washing
ton real estate to say nothing of
a tuxedo coat, a plug hat and a
dandy cane.
And here's what John is saying
to his readers in the Cincinnati
Enquirer: ,, -
"It is well for us all, without
reference to what party or sect
or race we belong to, to set our
selves at work to bring-about the
desired result gradually and
quietly, for if it does not come in
that way it will come with a
cataclysm. If we avail ourselves
of the means at our command it
jnay be quiet and gradual; if, on
the other hand, we simply stand
by and allow things to drift, a vio
lent upheaval is probable.
"There must be a voluntary re
vision of the basis on which the
joint production of capital and la
bor is divided. It is against the
best interests of both that wages
should be forced down to. the low
est point at which, as a purely
economic '"proposition, laborers
can be hired.
. . "All employes should be paid
enough to support them and their
families in decency and comfort,
and with the ability to save some
thing, provided they are thrifty
and industrious, and employers
should regard these essentials
and not the lowest rate they can
secure in making their contracts.
"Society can better afford to
pay more for what it consumes
than to live under the constant
menace of a laboring class under
paid, underfed and dissatisfied.
"Not only would the recogni
tion of the necessity for action in
these directions quiet discontent,
but it would be a valuable factor
in diminishing the social evil.
"Young men at the period
when their natural instincts are
the strongest are not sufficiently
paid to enable them to marry, and
great evil results. Young women
are paid wages on which they
cannot live, and from their class
the ranks of unfortunates are
chiefly recruited.
"Business must be organized
not only on the basis that it is to
be conducted profitably and in ac
cordance with economic laws, but
that it has a most important, a
fundamental relation and duty to
the well-being o'f society."
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Colorado Springs, Nov. 23.
John J. Cohan, one-armed man,
arrested here today after he had
sworn that he intended to kill
President-elect Wilson on sight.
Cohan said he was arrested in
New Orleans when, Taft spoke
there, and in Chicago- when
Roosevelt spoke there. He will
be held for examination into his

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