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Don't ever get it into your head
that Mother Jones is merely a noisy
agitator. She is far more than that.
She understands. I think she sees
through the industrialsituation more
clearly than most oflhegreatest of
the labor leaders. She sees with the
protecting instinct of motherhood, as
the mother of millions.
She has gone to prison cheerfully,
understandingly feeling that she
was helping her children by being
jailed. If she thought it would help
the workers I believe she would
mount the scaffold, tie the noose un
der her own ear and go to her death
with a smile on her face and the light
of a wonderful love for humanity in
I have not attempted to write an
interview with Mother Jones, but
merely to give an impression of her
as she appealed to me a very feeble
impression of a very wonderful woman.
Effects of War. Of course, the
war has its business side. How will
it affect business?
Will it lift the country out of a
Will it help the railroads get that
five per cent increase in freight
Will it stop the governmental pro
gram to regulate crooked big busi
ness? Will if take so many workers to the
war that the demand for labor will
exceed the supply? And if so, will
wages go up?
Will we have enough "hands" to
harvest-this year's crops?
What will happen to the high cost
of living? Will it mount higher?
How will it affect taxes?
Who will make money out of the
What will war do to the railroads?
Will they hire back the thousands of
Will the increased sale of news
pap'ers. and the extra demand for
paper send up the price of white
paper? If so, will the price of ad
vertising go up, too? And the cost
If we have to put 400,000 men in
Mexico how long will it cost us four
or five million a day to pay the ex
pense? How much will be added to the
pension roll after its all over?
Who'll get the government con
tracts for food, shoes, clothing,
blankets, horses, mules, wagons,
autos, aeroplanes, guns, ammunition,
and all the other things needed in a
Who'll get the contract for this
war's embalmed beef? Will it come
Will the army be wet or dry? How
will it affect the booze business?
Belligerent Rights. Commenting
on outbreaks in the industrial war in
West Virginia, Michigan and Col
orado, the Chicago Daily News says:
"Industrial war in which hundreds
suffer should without much further
delay be made impossible. Can civil
ization offer no acceptable remedy for
the stubborn disputes hi which con
ciliation and arbitration are either
ignored or produce no beneficial re
sults? Here is a field that requires
the earnest attention of thoughtful
lawmakers and other persons of in
fluence." There is a remedy a very simple
Recognize the combatants in the
industrial war, give them equal rights
and let them fight it out. '
When mine owners, for example,
are permitted to maintain private
armies of gunmen to protect their
property, let the miners have full
right to arm themselves to protect
their own lives.
Never In a single instance that I re-
call has any state used its militia td
prdtect humanity in an industrial
war. Invariable the state troops have
been on the side of -property, ns.
in the West Virginia and Colorado
coal fields and in the Michigan C0