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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Grabbing Mexico. Of course, it
wouldn't be quite the proper thing to
say it out loud, but you understand,
don't you, that when we get through
going through all the motions we will
take Mexico and tie it on to our
southern border as we quietly inarch
along toward the canal?;
It will cost us hundreds of millions,
in dollars and thousands of American
lives, but just think what we'll get.
Mexico is wonderfully rich in min
eral wealth. There are millions of
acres of perfectly good land, and mil
lions of people down there who can
be persuaded to work hard for small
pay at the point of a gun.
At a few millions of expense, but
with infinite glory to the army and
navy, we can train the Mexican peons
to take the places of the good Amer
ican citizens we have educated in our
public schools up to a point where
they want to live like human beings.
" You'll get all this if you only un
derstand the game of modern indus
trialism. You see, folks, that as states like
Oregon, Washington, California and
other states in the West become pro
gressive and human, it becomes nec
essary to take on more states to
strike a balance. The immigrants get
educated too darned quick and want
to live up to an American instead
of an European standard.
But there is plenty of raw human
material in Mexico. And the minute
we take Mexico we have that Taw
material without immigrating it. The
peons will be our distinguished fellow
citizens then, and immigration laws
won't keep them out.
We may have to kill off many of
them in order to conquer all of them,
but just think what we'll have when
we get through. Just think what a
great increase m the supply of' hu
man labor as compared with the de
mand. But if Mexicans re-our brothers,
isn't our family a funny family ?
But civilization must go on. If we
can't benevolently assimilate our be
nighted brethren we can civilize
them. Just look how we have civi
lized the great American Indian.
Our Mexican brother, however, will
have six feet of earth left when we
get through with him. And that's all
all any of us will have when we
"Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys
"Cheer up comrades and be gay."
Harper's Weekly. Norman Hap
good is gradually hitting his- gait in
iiarper's Weekly, and is evidently
working around to the free:and easy
swing that helped make Collier's.
As most of the magakines ; have
gone to the dogs, and Collier's ap
pears to be pretty thoroughly tamed
by advertising, it is refreshing to see
indications of some freedom of
thought in Harper's though as yet
a bit timid.
Take off the lid and go to it, Hap
good. Put your culture on ice and
pump a lot of red- blood into Harper's.
This good old world isn't cultured; it
'only cons itself into thi mg- it is
cultured. Under that veiy thin ve
neer of alleged culture, it is human,
The more brains you put between
the covers of Harper's, the less
money you will need to spend on red,
white and blue ink for the outside.
Manufacturing News. Here's a
story that shows how some news
papers mould public opinion.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, owned by
John R. McLean, is playing the
Hearst game of fighting President
Wilson's policy of repealing the canal
tolls exemption clause.
The Enquirer instructed its cor
respondents in -various cities to dig
up interviews with Democrats against
Wilson and the repeal of the tolls
The Enquirer correspondent in To-