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And this was the line he received
from the grim old prospector a few
"Debt canceled. Claim your own.
Leila sees the light. Bless you both !"
"Only a little sorrowing, a little
patience," spoke Max that evening,
Leila by his side, once again amid the
lure of the white moonlight, "and
this glad ending."
"But how much love, too, through
all the cruel ordeal," whispered his
promised bride, tenderly.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Say, that Senator Poindexter is
an original fellow! Writing about
Alaska to Sec'y Daniels, he gives a
new definition of the term "cost of
operation." He says it shall mean
"the expenses of operation without
exploitation of labor."
How many big enterprises or in
vestments are considered with the
idea that they'll not be worth while
if iabor involved therein has tb be
Brother Poindexter, it sounds like
a new note with a true ring. Nothing
is worth while that depends upon
crushing the workman. "Cost" paid
in human degradation is to be item
ized in such terms as robbery, extor
tion and blackmail. That's what it is,
but it has passed as business ability. .
This proposition to open up Alaska
opens up with the declaration that
nobody shall be skinned, not even the
one who does the work, and it has
its own glory.
This Alaska enterprise may prove
to be but little less great than tfie
building of the Panama Canal, both
as to its economic features and as to
its effects on civilization's geograph
ical movement. It can be made to
mark an era in moral evolution, as
well. The past centuries have seen
labor struggling alone to dig its way
up from the bottom. We are begin
ning to say, as a civilized govern
ment, and officially, not for political
effect but in realization of what is
best, that the welfare of labor is the
first and highest consideration. Dol
lars and humans are not equal. Hen
ry George saw the vision. We are
going to be "For Men!" We are go
ing to say so and live up to it in our
governmental undertakings. The cost
of operation shall mean the expenses
of operation' with the uplift of labor.
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