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r THEY DID HIM
They played him for a, chump.
They legally hornswaggled him.
They pulled the wool over his eyes
and tweaked his nose. They bought
the ground from under his feet.
They gave him the tarred end of the
stick. They made a monkey of him.
That's what 'those steel trust, tariff
fostered infants did to Uncle Sam,
quietly and a plenty, as ip now shpwn
In the government's suit against the
' "United States Steel Corporation.
And they've got high-class evidence
to prove that they did it perfectly le
gitimately. When, in the early nineties, those
steel sharps wanted to form a pool
to fix prices, regulate output and di
vide profits that is, to commit rob
"bery in a gentlemanly fashion they
consulted an eminent lawyer as to
how far they could go and avoid jail.
They were afraid of the Sherman
anti-trust legislation, particularly.
So they consulted United States Sen
ator Geo. F, Hoar of Massachusetts.
In the Senate Hoar had helped John
Sherman frame and pass that anti
trust law and he was attorney for
one of the steel concerns over at
They took their thieves' plans to
the right man. Hoar gave them a
written opinion to the effect that
they could not be convicted under
that law. Thereupon, with their le
gal and moral bill of health, from
nice old Mr. Hoar, from whose un
timely passing to a fairer and better
world Massachusetts has hardly yet
fully recovered, they formed their
pool under .which they haye "been
skinning the' people for nearly 20
years. The frankness and complais
ance pf Messrs, Gary, Corey and oth
ers upon the witness stand are ex-
plained. They had in their posses
sion the indorsement of their purity
by the man who largely ma,de the
law. Uncle Sam had just what w
started out by saying they gate hint
John Sherman died 7ttU paTesiai
and other ailments not very long
after that anti-trust law was en-i
acted. His fellow creator of thatl
law, Hoar, lived long enough to in
spire the schemers whom it was in
tended to reach, with confidence that
it was worthless. There was a love
ly pair of patriotic twins for us com
mon, plucked folks to honor, revere
and lament, wasn't there?
A STORY 'BOUT TEA.
"Ah me!" once cried an old Nor
man peasant, "my coffee after the
sweet Jesus is my salvation!" Tea
plays the same part in England. I
believe it was Max O'ReU who wrote
'It is when John Bull drinks his tea
very hot in tiny pips, nibbling a bit
of bread and butter that he is really
beautiful and edifying."
Tea was drunk In China away
back in 61, but it was not until 1600
that -the English first began to use
it and then the price ranged from
thirty to fifty dollars a pound. That
old humbug Pepys was one of th,e
first to sample the new drink and
frequently quotes in his diary that
"on the 25th September 1660 I did
sqnd for a cup of tee, a China drink,
of which I never had drunk before."
As the 18th century progressed,
the use of tea in England rapidly
increased and in 1836 the first British
grown tea was raised in Assam, and
forty years later the disastrous ef
fects of the. coffee-leaf disease forced
planters lo give serious attention to
tea in Ceylon, with the result that
tea now takes first rank in the com
merce of the island. Tea drinking
seems to be becoming more popular
in America every year, and the U, S.
is now the third largest consumer of
this product, the United Kingdom be
ing first and Russia second.
And every once in o often, just
when we are at psace, with the wprld,
an alleged clue to the, Iiogue, murder
breezes in and makes trouble.1 "