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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
"Foreigners." I know there have
tieen governors who have been called
, .great governors, but the plain truth
Is that f.ew of them -were really great
4n any human sense. Altgeld was
great, although not many realized it
Until after h had been hounded into
I don't Jthink of any others just
flow. But I can think of many mis
erably little governors.
Last September Jsat for two hours
in 4the office of Gov. Ferris of Michi
gan listening to him and Clarence
Darrow discuss the situation in the
'copper country. 1 had heard that
Ferris was "all rignt;" that he was a
humanitarian, a single taxer, a real
"When Darrow and I left the gov
ernor's office, after that conference,
I said to him: "You need not ex
pect anything from that governor.
He "won't, do anything.".
c Generally in a conversation or con
ference, however guarded a- public
man may be bhis utterances, some
pne thing will give you a line on "what
is running through his mind.
Gov. Ferris had recently had a two '
hours' visit with Big Jim,McNaugh-
ton, manager of the Calumet -&-'
Hecla mine, and at the governor's
home in Big Rapids. r
i During the conversation Gov. Fer
ris said to Darrow: "I understand
that many of the striking miners are
not citizens of the United States, but
are foreigners who expect to go back
to the old country when., they get
enough .money together."
That was enough for me. It indi
cated that McNaughton had worked
upon Ferris' mind; and that Ferris
drewtheline between citizens of this
country and those who were not.
That is, he didn't look -upon all men
'as "his brothers; he- didn't see those
miners as" human beings, children of
the same God. but as "foreigners."
ome.thatwont "foreigner" has J
no such meaning as some -folks give
it. I can't See that being born in an
other spot on this earth from me
makes my brother a foreigner. Pos
sibly we regard any "brother whom
we do not "know as a "foreigner."
But brotherhood can't be a matter
of geography. There are no, state or
national boundaries anywhere on
earth that God or Nature had any
thing to dowith marking out.
The mere matter ot marking them
on a map has ndthing to do with the
human nature "Of -brothers -born on
opposite sides of the line.
What difference is there between
my brother from Russia who takes
out naturalization papers, and my
brother from Italy, or China or Japan
who does not?
Of course, one can vote and the
Qther can't, but there are many
brothers who were born in this coun
try who don't vote; and there are
millions who vote without doing any
particular good by it. More men
vote to get jobs for other men, than
there are men who vote to help hu
manity. ' It may be unconscious with most
of it h" it seems to me that in our
minds that 'word "foreigner" is as
sociated -with a sentiment of hostility.
ie e man who doesn't
belong to -"our" party is a "for
i.a.. The negro, who has a dif
ferent color in his skin, is, in that
same sense, a "foreigner," and we'
treat him as a "foreigner."
I recall a story which illustrates
fairly well this "foreign" notion in
ohr attitude toward some of our
brothers. -When McKinley was presi
dent and Foraker was one of the sen
ators from Ohio Mckinley wanted to
appoint Bellamy Storer of Cincin
nati to some "foreign" job. He "was
afraid -Forakermighf oppose Storer's
confirmation by the senate; and sent
a friend to ask Foraker if he would
oppose Storer's appointment to ja.
Foraker. said no, and added: "The
foreigner the better,"
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