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of process by which one lifts off the top of a child's head and pours
Some Men "ediioate" their wives by suppressing their spirit and per
sonality. Hearing that a husband and wife are one, often the scrap is to
see which is the one. That's competition and, of course, It's hell.
It's the great "I am" in us that makes us want to make others "mind,"
to Ulake them do as we think they ought to do, to reform them and all that
sort of thing; and men have the advantage over their wiveB and children
because they can beat them without being arrested for assault and battery.
And thev have advantage over their emnloves. because thev enntrnl
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Ana the tear or losmg a job makes employes cowards.
My objection to trusts isn't an objection to organization of business;
it's an objection to the want of regulation of the great power in the hands
of the men who run the trusts. I know there can't be justice for the many
when the few are organized and the many are not. And where there is
injustice there will be rebellion and war and war is hell.
I don't believe in competition among railroads. In fact, I can't see any
railroad justice in railroad competition. Certainly there can't be any sys
tem with competition for there can be but ONE transportation SYSTEM.
And Fm for it when all the railroad workers are also in one organization
system. Then we'd have railroad peace. As it is we have railroad war
and, of course, that's railroad hell.
I wduldn't have any objection to a beef trust if the people could rege
late its power, and producer, consumer and employes were all organized
so as to protect themselves.
In dealing with employes, the daddy of all the trusts, the Standard Oil
Company has all the others beaten. The other trusts have learned some
of the Standard's objectionable tricks of trade, but haven't adopted its good
I had heard once that the Standard had none of its employes under
bond. Having an opportunity to ask Daniel O'Day about it several years
ago, I did so. He was one of the seven trustees who ran the Standard. He
told me that not a single employe, from the general treasurer j3own, was
The Standard's labor policy was to make jobs so desirable that em
ployes wouldn't risk losing them. Men might start in the ditch in the oil
fields; but he could go as high as his ability would carry him. O'Day him
self started in the ditch.
The Standard paid high salaries and good wages. It was a good in
vestment, for it got loyalty as veil as efficiency.
I have met many employes of the Standard, but never one who hated
it. I have met employes of other big concerns, and many of them hated
their employer. They didn't say so openly, because they were afraid.
I can't Imagine the unorganized small-pay employes of the stockyards
having much affection for their employers. I can't imagine many clerks
in the hig Chicago stores loving their employers. " In fact, I think thai most
Of the employers throughout the country are responsible for much bitter
ness in the hearts of thousands upon thousands of human beings adding
fd the sum total of hatred in the world. "
The longer that hatred boils inside the breasts of workers the worse
the explosion will be when it breaks out
Employers have been progressing away from war among themselves.
They harfc been organizing and. eliminating competition in business.- Sat