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funds generally they expended these
funds only onnative-born Germans.
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
The Federal League. If the men
back of the Federal baseball league
understand their business they will
win out in the battle with organized
The big attendance at opening
games shows that the fans start the
season in sympathy with the Feds.
This is not surprising. There is
some romance about the new league
and very little about the, old ones.
Organized baseball had become too
much of a cold-blooded business pro
position. Players were bought and
sold like slaves. One-sided contracts
were dictated by the magnates of the
baseball trust. The new league gave
players a show for their white alley
'and fans have affection for players
and little or none for owners.
Before the revolt there were too
many bosses in baseball. Garry Herr
mann and Ban Johnson had too much
power. The national game was too
thoroughly commercialized. Syndi
cate ownership was growing. The
two big leagues bossed all lesser and
minor leagues. Allen ownership was
growing like Taft's ownership of
Cubs, Charlie Somers' ownership, of
Cleveland, Toledo, Portland, New Or
leans and other cities.
Taft missed his opportunity when
he had a chance to sell to Connery
and other Chicagoans. He may rea
lize i now. The attendance at the
opening game of the Cubs must have
been an eye-opener. Look at the at
tendance and enthusiasm at the Fed
opening on the North Side.
But the Fed promoters' are slow.
They are losing their big chance.
They could grab off many of the shin
iest stars in the game. The reserve
clause is knocked out, bqt the old
leaeues are cettiue their ulavers to
Biga up new coauacts, They have a
big war fund and are tightening their
Now is the time for the Feds to cut
loose while they have the fans wth
them, and the players are anxious to
go if they can be assured there is
enough money back of the Feds to
carry the fight through.
Sentiment is a big thing in this
world. Rightly used it will beat or
ganization. Sentiment is with the
Feds. Better use it.
Unions and Religion. Mr. Perlee
in his letter to you asks for my defi
nition of religion. When I wrote you
that I thought the unions needed
more religion, I understand religion
to be a belief binding the spiritual
nature of a man to a supernatural
being on whom he is conscious that
he is dependent
Now when a man believes that he
is dependent on a supernatural being
he tries to do what he considers that
he ought to do according to what he
knows of this supernatural being. In
my own case I can say with the
prophet Micah, "What doth the Lord
require of thee but to DO justly and
to LOVE mercy and to WALK hum
bly with thy God." Another defini
tion of religion is given in the New
Testament. Pure religion and unde
nted before God and the Father is
this: To visit the fatherless and wid
ows in their affliction and to keep
himself unspotted from the world.
The other day I talked with a work
ing man about unions. He said: "If
you attended a union meeting you
would not find that everyone present
had on union-made hats or clothes or
shoes. If the unions had a store on
the co-operative plan the union men
would not patronize it."
I am sorry if this be true and I
think that if the union men had more
religion they would want to wear union-made
clothes, eat union-made
food and patronize union enterprises.
I know that religious factionalism
is doing the unions and many other
oigamzations a great deal of harm,