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Dr. Karl Liebknecht, German So
cialist leader, in the German reich
stag, exposed a contract between
manufacturers of arms and ammuni
tion to eliminate competition and
guarantee mutual profits, i
In the combine were one Austrian,
one Belgian and two German com
panies, backed by French money, and
they were engineering war scares to
get contracts. They were selling
arms to Russia and armor plate to
Dr. Liebknecht referred to a letter
published in Vorwaerts a. German
paper in 1910 exposing an attempt
by a German arms syndicate to get
false news about strengthening the
French army printed in French news
papers, so as. to arouse a war feeling
in Germany that would help the syn
dicate sell arms to the government.
And thenthe Kaiser appointed Herr
Von Gontard, head of the arms syn
dicate, a life member of the Prussian
House of Lords.- ,Von Gontard is a
son-in-law of Adolphus Busch, the
St. Louis brewer.
From this it would appear that
.plunging two nations into a bloody
war would be good "business." It
might cost thousands of lives, but it
would make millions of dollars for
the manufacturers of arms and am
munition. This may explain why the Krupp
gun works is the biggest and richest
industry in Germany. The people
there raise babies so they can grow
up to be men and then go to war to
get killed so the Krupp crowd can
make more money.
We can begin to see how universal
peace would hurt "business."
We can't 'spend any more time on
this column today." Since we live on
the West Side it is now time for us
to go out and commit our daily mur
In 1850 only one woman worked
for wages to every ten men; now the'
ratio is one woman to four merC"''!
SPRINGFIELD' PAPERS HOT '. '
AFTER O'HARA COMMISSION
Springfield, III., April 28. The
Springfield newspapers today began
an organized attack on the O'Hara
The newspapers have been squeal
ing like stuck pigs ever since the
O'HaraN commission yanked their big-'
gest advertisers up before it and
forced them to tell the people of the
miserably low wages they paid their
The exposure, of the International'
Shoe Company, which, it was shown,
paid, girls as low as 30 cents a day,
hurt more than any other. The Inter
national Shoe Co. is the trust and
long has been the object of govern
ment curiosity. Therefore, it is ex
Besides, the shoe trust now has a
lobby in Washington to prevent any
reduction of the tariff in their line or
business, and for this reason also is
excessively backward in coming for-'
ward right now.
The Springfield News answered the
cry for help of the advertisers
Today it printed alleged interviews
with seven young girls employed in
the International Shoe Co.'s factory. '
All the interviews were to substan
tiate Saturday's editorial in which
the News -said the "investigation in
this citv has been a farce, a humiliat-
'hig spectacle" which- last, by the
way, it certainly was for the shoe
The News also called the proceed
ings "nauseating and disgusting,"
from which one gathers that some of
the officials of the shoe trust were
made sick. The News also said that
not one iota of evidence was adduc
ed that had a bearing onso-called
'white slavery,' " which, in "Chicago, ,
is an ancient cry. I (
The Springfield Journal comments
on the "want of decent discrimina
tion" in-"coupling fallen women with.
working girls'" and it states that it
s$time,,.th& assembly' took notice o,!