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tag. "'Have you reached the point where1 you understand what it means,'
and where you are willing to lose the friends of -a lifetime in order to have
for your friends thousands of men and women whom you will never meet
and never know?"
Tom's big eyes opened up. He gripped my arm, and, looking me
squarely In the eyes, replied: "YesT I understand just what you mean.
I .have arrived at that point"
Then I knew that Tom Johnson was in dead earnest, knew what he
was doing and would never turn back. I was unreservedly for him from
that time on to the finish.
Barrett O'Hara cannot escape the consequences of his act, He will
learn that no man can serve both God and Mammon, and that Mammon
will hate any man who earnestly attempts to serve God which in human
affairs is serving humanity.
Men he thinks are his friends will advise him to abandon the fight
They will tell him he is ruining his political and professional career that
the people are ungrateful and quickly forget services rendered them; that
Big Business is all powerful and never forgets or forgives.
And if he still flgnts on, these "friends" will fall away from him; he .
will be socially ostracized by Big Business and all'who lick its boots.
The harder he fights the harder Big Business will fight back. And
most of the newspapers will do what they can to discredit him with the
very people he is -trying to serve.
Already the editorial knockers are at work. They would have the (
public believe that O'Hara is a grandstand player, a notoriety seeker, a
ranting demagogue, ahowling- hypocrite.
Cunning attemptswill be made to frighten him and drive him from his
purpose. It wouldn't be anything new for unscrupulous and lying tools
of Big Business to spread scandalous stories even though the scandal has
no other foundation than in a vicious imagination.
I never knew a chummier couple than Brand Whitlock, mayor of To
ledo, and his wife always lovers and always inseparable. But in one
mayoralty campaign when Big Business was fighting desperately to defeat
him and elect a mayor who would be a tool of franchise-seekers and owners
of street railway watered bonds and stock,- the widked lie was passed from
mouth to mouth all over town that he beat bis wife.
An attempt was made to trace that damnable lie to its source. It didn't
succeed but everybody knew that all the bitterness in the fight against
Whitlock was Inspired by crooked Big Business, which hated any man who
would disturb its crookedness by fighting for the people.
Big Business was back of the desperate effort made at Los Angeles to
rush Clarence Darrow, to murder his reputation and render hiyrx powerless
as a champion of labor's cause. -And also to make other honest lawyers
afraid to defend the unionism that organized greed Is so desperately trying
I don't know how courageous Barratt O'Hara Is. I do know that in
what he has already done lie has rendered a splendid service" to the workers
of this country. For he has aroused public sentiment in a nation against
low-wage slavery. He has made many employers see the evil of their way
and thousands of them have voluntarily increased wages.
But I do know that if he is brave enough to keep on fighting he will
eventually win a glorious victory and have hundreds of thousands of sincere
mends in the plaoe of the few false friends he has lost
Most of tfur so-called friends are not worth having, anyhow. Those