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Park; and ia her reply Mother suggested this amendment: "Down town
they raise babies. Uptown they raise CarusOs."
I might have added: "And Stanford Whites and Harry Thaws."
It was only a few years ago that Marshall Field was touted as Chi
cago's greatest man, and one- of the world's greatest merchants-. He had
a few children. "What became of them?
George R. Pullman was another of Chicago's' great men. He piled up
millions. "What of his children today?
Aside from the millions piled up by Field, Pullman, Palmer, Armour
and their sturdy associates of three generations ago, what have they left
to Chicago In men and women?
In my' opinion there was more- red-blooded manhood to love in John
L. Sullivan than in Marshall Field, Phil Armour, Potter Palmer or George B
Pullman and more people loved him. There was a man!
Even Chicago nowUegins to "understand the awful sacrifice of man
hood, womanhood and childhood the people of this town made in order to
build up multi-millionaire merchant princes.
I How many of our boasted multi-millionaires were as successful In
raising babies, as they were in making millions? .How many of them left
descendants who are worth a tinker's dam to humanity today?
' So far as I know, Armour is the only one of Chicago's multi-millionaires
who left behind a '"successful" son, as well as an established business
and a pile of money. And that "successful" son, head of the mighty-beef trust
though he be, is not doing anything to raise the standard of humanity In
Chicago by the wages he pays or the chance he gives the toilers at the
1 The great stockyards are noted principally for low wages, a low stand
ard of living and a bad smell a small that is as free as the air we breathe.
In fact, it is quite often THEair we. breathe,
I almost forgot, the stockyards are also the foundation upon which
Chicago's most exclusive society was built Unfortunately the bad smell
is not so exclusive.
But times change. And one or two generations hence, yery likely, the
names now borne by our leading department store owners and clothing
manufacturers will be most often seenln the exclusive society columns of
our leading and fawning newspapers. And the Fields, the Palmers, the
Pullmans and the Armours will give way to the Lehmanns, the Mandels, the
Rothschilds and the Rosenwalds!
They say it pays to advertise. I guess it does.
But If I'm right In the opinion that the poor children of today will be
the ruling spirits of Chicago one or two generations hence, what are we
doing for the future in the training of these children of today?
Assummgthat the newsboys of today will he the business men of ten
years from now, how much did we make them love the law when we, the
people of Chicago, under the leadership of our leading newspapers and most
exalted mayor, turned loose our policemen and deputized thugs, sluggers
and gunmen to beat' these newsboys into .subjection?
Very few of us have any real love for the law anyhow. The auto owner
wants the pickpocket to-respect the law against pocketpicking, but doesn't
want to have the law against speeding- enforced against himself.
The business man wants the hurglar to observe the law against bur
glary, but himself violates the law requiring him to schedule all of his per
sonal property for taxation. He also violates the law against perjury.
'Where a law punishes hy fine or imprisonment, the rich man pays the