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"LEADING" BUSINESS MEN SERVE A USEFUL
PURPOSE TO THOSE WHO LAUGH AT THEM
, BY N. D. COCHRAN
I had a good laugh to myself when I picked up The Daily News last
night and read this:
"Mr. Rosenwald's testimony came after some of Chicago's leading
business men iad appeared as witnesses before the body."
Others probably read that without getting a laugh out of it. They
were so used to it that they didn't think anything of it, or see any signifi
cance in it Yet it plainly illustrated the point of view of the writer; or the
point of 'view of the business manager or publisher, which the writer felt he
ought to take, as a matter of course.
That word "leading" is where the laugh comes in. I know bankers, for
I have borrowed money from them. And I know that outside of banking
and business most of them are so ignorant that it is painful; and that they
don't lead in anything except money-making. That's their business.
The same is true of most business men, especially the successful ones.
They get their nose m onp rut and follow that rut until they die; and when
they die, business and banking goes on, add there are mighty few people
who miss them. Their money lives after them, but not many good deeds.
And when a real banker shows also that he is a real man, like John J.
Mitchell for example, it is like a breath of pure, fresh air off Lake Michigan
on a hot, sultry day in August.
I don't know Mitchell from a telegraph post, but I'll bet there's a whole
lot of humanity in him. He was too big to quibble or he or dodge ques
tions asked him by the committee; and he wasn't under oath.
And judging from the testimony of all the "leading" business men,
Mitchell wasthe only one of the whole bunch who had any elements of
leadership in him aside from the genius of money-making; and I think
money-making is a disease rather than a virtue.
The plain truth is that most newspapers think our richest business
men are our "leading" business men. By that standard Julius Rosenwald
would be a leader of leaders. . Yet if there ever was a "leading" business
man who had the mask of hypocrisy stripped from his face, that man is
Julius Rosenwald, the public philanthropist and private slave-driver; the
man (God save the mark) who pays hundreds of girls less than a living
wage and gets his name in the papers and on the roll of philanthropists by
handing out a small part ofhis enormous profits to charity and philanthropy.
From what little I Jtnow, Barratt O'Hara is a poor man and Julius
Rosenwald is a multi-mfflionaire, but in a, few short weeks Barratt O'Hara
has done more for humanity with his courage than Julius Rosenwald, or a
thousand Julius Rosenwalds, will do in a lifetime with all their millions,
their charity and their philanthrophy.
At that I imagine there is more good than Bad in Julius Rosenwald. I
imaging he is unhappy over this exposure, of his smallness by the O'Hara
committee. But it will bring out the good In him if he will only let it come
But Julius is like the rest of us humans. He is proud. He hates to
admit that he was only a newspaper philanthropist It grinds him to have
the whole United States know that all the years he has been grandstanding
with his millions, he was paying less than living wages to the men, women
and children who slaved for him.
Ye$. Julius Rosenwald has. been paraded by tie newspapers up and,
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