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son's hand and kiss Miss Mary's 1 ell practice seemed likely to become
blushing- cheeks. Because his dream hereditary.
had really come to pass and the Lov- (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
RICH MAN HASHISEYES OPENED
BY JACK JUNGMEYER
San Francisco, Jan. 6. Millionaire
prophet of revolution against preda
tory wealth, Rudolph Spreckels to
day stands- out as the most unique
industrial missionary in the West.
"One touch of the lash of Greed,"
he says, "makes the rich man and the
poor akin: And. I have felt it. Quite
naturally, I have joined the ranks of
those who are revolting against the
In the press, on the rostrum and
in the exclusive clubs, rich man
Spreckels is addressing his message
of warning to the nation's million
aires. "Like thousands of the exploited
poor and independent business men
who have been crushed for crossing
the purposes of organized wealth, I
have been given the iron heel of Big
Business," explains Spreckels.
The San Francisco graft cases, in
the prosecution of which he lnanced
to the extent of a million, awakened
Spreckels. Seated in the sumptuous
office of his bank, the First National,
he told me the story of how his
"vision was cleared."
"Before that my whole life was
bounded by dollars. My oniy ambi
tion was to amass more millions.
Human beings were unimportant ex
cept in so far as they were party to .
a bargain I happened to be driving.
I was just the ordinary rich man.
"Then allied greed and politics
tried to levy graft toll upon me. I
balked. Now my eyes were quickly,
opened to the power of Big Business;
to the use many of my class put their
wealth and influence whe ntheir
greedy purposes were resisted.
"I found my properties suddenly
boycotted, my family ostracized and
the screws of corporate power ap
plied in a hundred different ways.
"They are masters of vengeance,
and the dose I got was bitter.
"But I needed just such an eye- .
opener, just as other rich men, com
placent in the fancied security of
their millions, need it if revolution is
to be averted. Otherwise, their sons
will have to carry muskets to hold
what they will inherit. Indeed, the
wrath might not even wait for the
"Another lesson that cleared my
vision was the fight of my father and
myself against the Sugar Trust in
Philadelphia, where they used to hire
men to wreck our machinery and
bribed our bookkeepers to reveal our
"Trust methods are the same today
as they were then tooth and claw,
and a sneer for justice!"
They havent' got Outlaw Lopez,
yet, but they've got one Utah mine
that's properly fumigated.