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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 11, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
The Field Family. Isn't it funny
when you come to think of it, that
over two million men, women and
children in Chicago are working for
the two grandsons of old Marshall
Field, while those two boys are being
educated in England and joining the
English army and navy?
One of tthose grandsons just passed
his 21st birthday, the other is 19.
Neither ever earned a dollar in' his
life by working for it. Yet together
they have a vast fortune piling up for
them in Chicago at the rate of mil
lions a year, and the principal has
long since passed the $100,000,000
point.
The founder of the Field fortune
gained millions by selling goods at a
profit and buying human labor cheap.
The managers of the estate are keep
ing up that policy, and are paying
thousands of men, women and chil
dren wages that mean a hare exist
ence to work for the Field heirs.
Electric light and power com
panies, street railway companies, ele
vated railroads, steam railroads, the
Pullman company, the Steel Trust
and many other public utilities and
manufacturing plants are busy tak
ing money from the people and
handing it over to the turstees of the
Field estate, to "invest and re-invest
for accumulation" until these two
boys reach the age of 50 .years.
Every addition to the population
of Chicago adds to the value of the
vast realty holdings of the Field es
tate in Chicago and to the fabulous
wealth of the two lads who are moved
by English patriotism to go to war
with their English associates to fight
for the glory of Great Britain.
American dollars were good for
them, but not American schools, not
an American education. They ex
ploit America and fight for England.
Sir David Beatty, an admiral in the
British navy, married the only daugh
ter of Marshall Field and some of the
Field millions. The widow of Mar
shall Field n, and the mother of these
two boys, is "now the wife of an Eng
lishman, who has also gone to the
front for King George.
A brother of Marshall Field lives in
England, and gets American divi
dends and interest by mail; and his
son is vice-president of the big Chi
cago store the goose that laid the
golden eggs.
It is estimated that when these two
boys reach the age of 50 and come
into possession of the Field fortune,
that fortune will amount to about
$300,000,000. Marshall Field m. will
get $180,000,000 and his brother
Henry $120,000,000 provided they
are yet alive and kicking.
And it's all legal. The rights of
these boys to every dollar their old
granddaddy left them is fully pro
tected much better protected than
the right of thousands of other boys
born in Chicago to "life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness" vouchsafed,
to all by the great American constitu
tion. Interesting, isn't it?
But what's the answer
Christmas Shopping. The Do
Your - Christmas - Shopping - Early
campaign is on again, and we are
told that if we shop early it will make
it easier on the clerks, etc. Now the
Daily News springs an argument in
favor of arly shopping to the effect
that the quicker Christmas shopping
begins the quicker the department
stores will hire extra help.
So we are asked to shop early to
help more people get more jobs.
I'm in favor of early shopping if it
will help the clerks or furnish more
employment for those who need it,
but I think the early-shopping com
paign was first suggested by the de
partment stores to the newspapers,
and that one purpose was to get rid
of last year's stock before getting all
the new stock on the counters.
Probably it makes people spend
more money han. they otherwise
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