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and Schreiber are Democrats.
Keuer was a state senator with a
reactionary record, and had been
badly beaten as the Republican can
didate for mayor.
During all the years Jones and
Whitlock were in the mayor's office,
the street railways company had
been unable Jo elect a council it could
control, rne umzens industrial as
sociation were unable to use the po
' lice as strikebreakers.
But last year Big Business gener
ally, including the public service cor
porations, the corporation lawyers,
the employers' associations and all
interests hostile to organized labor
h got back of Keller and supplied the
funds for his anti-Cathohc campaign
A former lobbyist of the street rail
way company was the head of the
v principal Republican club.
To show how perfectly honest and
sincere people were worked into a
frenzy by the cunning manipulators
who were using the religious war to
overthrow government in the inter
est of the "people, the women were
organized in every ward in the city
to register themselves and to get the
men out to save the public schools
from the Catholics.
They were told that the Catholics
were trying to capture the public
schools. Now note the facts. The
school board consists of five mem
bers. There was one holdover, who
was a Protestant. There were four
to elect. There were seventeen can
didates; and of these 16 were Protes
tants. If nobody had been permitted
to vote but Catholics, it would have
been impossible to get more than one
of the five "uiembers of the board.
Yet women went from house to
house pleading with Protestants to
register and vote to save the public
schools from the Catholics.
And all this helped the public serv
ice corporations and employers' as
sociations to work up a tremendous
feeling, a very bitter feeling, and to
carry the people off their feet and
stampede them for the Keller ticket
The result is that those' interests
are in control. For nearly fourteen
years, under Jones and Whitlock, To
ledo policemen did not carry clubs.
One of the first things th,e new ad-,
ministration did was to restore the
clubs. And now the Central Labor
Union is charging that the clubs are
placed in the hands of policemen to
be used against workingmen.
The point to all this is that when
money, organization, partisan appeal,
misrepresentation by kept news
papers and' every other weapon
of capitalism had failed to overthrow
the people's government and put
Privilege back in power, the religious
issue won the fight for Privilege, and
over 50 per cent of the Socialists
were stampeded along with the jest,
This s the phase of the religious
war that interests me. I don't care
what church workers belong to, or
what fraternal organization. I don't
care whether they belong to the
Guardians of Liberty or the Knights
j But I do not like to see the ranks
of labor divided politically, by being
dragooned into a religious contro
versy when their dearest rights are
involved in an industrial war.
There are both Protestant and
Catholic capitalists among the . class
that exploits labor. You won't find
their ranks divided. This religious
war won't break up their employers'
organizations. They will continue to
pull together despite religious differ
ences just as they have always pulled
together despite political differences.
And it will be fine business for
them if they can get workers to hat
ing one another because of religious
differences of opinion.
The story has gone out that the
election in Toledo was a victory oyer
the Catholics. That isn't so. It was
a victory of .Privilege over the work
ing class. There was-no Catholic
candidate. Part of the Catholics
voted for a 32-degree Mason and the
rest of them voted for a Jew. I
wouldn't be surprised if some of ,