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monthly for telegraphic news. I found stories of murder, divorce, slander,
slit skirts, tango dancing, political scraps, railroad ahd automobile ac
cidents. .".' ' v i
- L found" entire-pages,- with startling pictures devoted to the murder of
a Chicago Chinaman? .Also big stories aboiit a rich 19-year-old boy, who
belonged to the Europeatnrltothschild family. He was stopping at the
Blackstone with his private doctor and valet, and had a cold.
' Then I turne'd again to the Miners' Bulletin, "with not a line of tele--graphic
news in it, yet full o live, human, startling news.
Then I want to know all about the war in the copper country. I knew
none of the people involved. The names were strange names the names
of. foreigners Antonio Putrich, Albert Tijan, Slave Kalan, Jacob Briski,
Matt ilaynarich, John Pulkkinen, Vasilj Knjerivich, Annie Linstrom, Laura
Mikkola, Julia Juhasz, Elizabeth Szanyi.
. As I read those strange un-American names,.Iwondered-if they came
over from monarchical Europe to get away.from kings, czars and emperors
and come to America "the land of the free and home of the brave." ,
I knew none of them. I never saw- them. I never was in the copper
country.- But I did know that every blessed one of them, no matter in what
.country he or she was born, was my brother or sister In the eye of God, or
else the Christian religion is a lie.
0yes,. suppose the'men are sweaty and ignorant, and the-'women
unattractive, poorly dressed and possibly ugly as the result of drudgery and
.'"'Butwhatof that? " ' '
They are human beings. They are husbands and wives, fathers and
mothers. They have hearts and heads aswett as'arms and legs. They love
and hate. They must eat and sleep. God knows they must work.
And there are about 16,000 miners on a strike' They-must be hungry.
And soon it will be winter. It is cold up in- the copper country in winter.
There are women and children babies, too up there in the copper
Then I read some other names those of officers and stockholders in
the mining companies. Many of them live-in Brookline, Massachusetts. I
suppose their names appear often in the society columns of the big Boston
i I was interested in reading the salaries the officers are paid. 'Here are
the names and salaries:
Q. A. Shaw, president, $100,000 ;.R LAgassiz, vice-president, $O,OO0;
James McNaughton, second vice-president, $25,O00j Q. A. Shaw, F.l.'Hig
ginson, W. Hunniwell, R. L. Agassiz and J.-McNaughton, directors," $20,000
each; George AFIagg, secretary-treasurer, $20,000; W. C. Smith? assist
ant, $10,000; Jas. McNaughton, general manager, $40,000; E. B. Levitt, con
sulting engineer, $25,000.
I do not know that these figures are correct I take them from the
"Miners' Bulletin. :.
Some of the mines are a mile deep. Down there, deep, deep, deep un
der the ground, stripped, to the waist, wearing overalls and standlngln Bhoes
filled with perspiration, with no air except what comes from the exhaust
of the machine, these brothers of ours yesr YOURS and MINE the men
with the strange names, work more than eleven hours at a stretch to mine
the ore that produces the copper, that brings the electricity for light Into
your home and mine, and the dividends and big salaries Into the pockets ot
$he officers, and 'Stockholders of the-copper comtfanie "" ' " I
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