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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 12, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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of conquest managed so long to hypnotize the millions they butchered or
oppressed.
AS the fame of these selfish warriors fades, new luster adds to the
memory of that commander-in-chief, who battled in earth's war, not to sub
jugate his opponents, but to make men free.
So many inspirations come out of his career that we are embarrassed
in making a choice Tor use on this, another anniversary of his natal day.
But in what Lincoln means to the boys of America we may, perhaps, best
find our theme.
Young men, do you realize how far ahead of Lincoln you are in ad
vantages? The poorest among you is a prince in chances compared with
him. He raised himself almost incredibly by will power and soul power
what are you doing with your more abounding opportunities?
There-was no vanity, no bombast, no shirking in his make-up. From
task to task he made his way, quietly, patiently, growing all the while
every day a new education. He did not seek applause or shun misunder
standing, but with feet on earth and heart close to the heart beats .of his
fellow-men he yet kept his aim high and his spirit soaring.
It is hard to understand the enrichment of a human soul. The mind
does not easily grasp this communion with the infinite. But one quality in
Lincoln all can see he thought hard and he thought straight.
Are you doing that, Young America; are you trying to get to the core
of the problems about you?
What Lincoln might have been or done had he been born rich is hard
to imagine. He seems big-souled enough to have come through even that
handicap safely. But the great thing about him is that he was of the 95
-percent, had their point of view, fought for them, suffered for them and is
now enshrined in their hearts for all time America's most convincing proof
that service, sacrifice, not selfishness, pays best.
That is the lesson, young men, which we want to leave with you.
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CLAIM THAT MILITIAMEN HAVE ly all morning, much of his testimony
INTERFERED WITH U. S. MAIL
Denver, Col., Feb. 12. That, mili
tiamen have interfered with the Unit
ed States postal service in the South
ern Colorado coal strike zone by re
fusing to allow the delivery of special
delivery letters to "Mother" Mary
Jones was the testimony given before
the congressional strike probe com
mittee today by John R. Lawson, in
ternational" board member of the
United Mine Workers.
Rep. Byrnes of South Carolina
questioned the witness and Lawson
produced letters addressed to "Moth
er" Jones, the aged union leader, held
at Trinidad a military prisoner. The
letter had been returned unopened
and endorsed: "Adressee in military
prison. Delivery cannot be made."
Lawson was on the stand practical-
being in support of his assertion 'that
militiamen guarding the strike zone
have favored the operators.
"Union strikers were disarmed","
he declared, "while mine guards were
allowed to keep their weapons and
even to ship in arms and ammuni
tion." He cited a number of instances of
alleged illegal imprisonment of union
men and women. Lawson also de
clared the union was prepared' to fur
nish affidavits of Mexicans, in support
of the strikers' charge that peonage
has been practiced by the coal oper
ators. When today's session opened the
union men announced that Edward P.
Contigan of Denver, Progressive can
didate for governor two years ago,
had been placed in charge of their
case.

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