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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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ratio situation. 1 think he actually be
lieved that hs was standing for a
principle when he said he would sac
' riflce his interests in the Colorado
coal fields before he would force 90
per cent of the miners to join a union
they didn't want to join.
The trouble with that was that
young Rockefeller didn't know what
he was talking about an( was omS
on" information given to him by sub
ordjhates on the grouiid subordi
nates that were crazy with hatred of
unions.-
But young John D. was ignorant,
just as old John D. is ignorant A
man may be very rich and yet very
ignorant of everything tut money
making: I think it is perhaps true that old
John'D. can't understand why he is
so generally Ijated and condemned.
He once said to his personal attorney
in Gleveland, when Ida Tarbell was
after'him, 'JVhaf have I done? What
have I done,?"
Doubtless he doesn't know now
what he has done or hasn't done that
" makes him so generally despised by
his fellows. Doubtless he thinks he
Is a consistent Christian. Very likely
he" believes in God and that God be
lieves in and blesses him.
With everybody he came in contact
with awed by his immense wealth,
and the power it gave him, the old
hian hasn't come in contact with real
m'en only with hypocrites and syco
phants. Tet if Johri D. Rockefeller could
.disguise his identity and walk out into
the world and mingle with the poor,
he would find it a really kind and
charitable world.
As Jonn D. Rockefeller, however,
the world is afraid of him and he is
afraid of the world. He is isolated
by hia mdhey. He isn't in it He is out
of it And I imagine he is an unhappy,
lonely, sad old multi-millionaire yet,
like most lunatics, extraordinarily
brilliant jn certain directions.
I often wonder if rich men ever
analyze themselves, and whether they
are smart enough to figure out the
price they have paid for wealth. Np
body gets something for nothing. We
may pay dollars for other things, but
to' get dollars we must pay in other
things.
To pay labor for dollars is normal,
provided the exchange is a fair one.
But there is a small limit to the
amount of money that actual labor
will buy. So those who buy vast
wealth must pay a more precious
price than mere labor. They must
give up character, sanity, health,
freedom, real happiness and, gener
ally, the love of their fellow men.
As I grow older and" see children
and grandchildren play about me in
my play hours, I see meaning in
biblical quotations I dTdn'jt see 'When
I read the Bible as part of my reli
gious instruction. Only in recent
years have I begun to see why it is
that it is easier for a camel to pass
through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of
heaven.
When I attempt to analyze my feel
ing toward John D. Rockefeller the
elder, I find no hatred in me, but
much pity. If what he has achieved
is success, then I want none of it
Noanan can be very rich and be free.
I want to be free. - '
RUMORS OF ACQUITTAL OF THE
MILITIAMEN GROW
Denver, Col., May 29. Rumors of
acquittal of all the militiamen and of
ficers tried by courtmartial last week
in. the 'military investigation of the
recent battle at Ludlow when 19 coal
strikers, women and children were
killed, spread when the court sub
mitted to Judge Advocate Smith its
secret findings. Smith forwarded
the findings to Adjutant General
Chase, who will review them before
turning them over to the governor.
Lieut. L. E. Linderfelt, placed on
trial after the" court findings were
submitted to Judge Advocate Smith
today, pleaded hot guilty.

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