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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THANK YOU! Permit me to con
gratulate you on the amount of
gpace and the fearless manner in
which you handledlhejabor meeting
that occurred at the Garrick theater,
July 11, 1915.
To protest against the unjust im
prisonment of John R. Lawson, a
Colorado labor leader who is the in
nocent victim of judicial persecution
at the hands of Rockefeller is fine
business. Other papers evidently did
not consider the matter of sufficient
importance to notice such a vital is
sue and it appears to be a conspiracy
of silence on the part of the kept
press in general Yours for consti
tutional government United Labor
Ass'n, G. J. Carlisle, President.
THE FOG THAT BLINDS. In the
search for liberty and the fight for
justice there is a fog that intervenes
and blinds even those who suffer
from slavery and injustice.
Napoleon the Great made a tre
mendous cloud of this fog, when he
said, "In every man's knapsack there
lies a marshal's baton." Under the
shadow of the fog hundreds of thou
sands of French soldiers went to the
death that must always be the lot of
self deceived who look upon a false
idea of honor, and a deceitful vision
Napoleon's assertion was a he.
Only the few could rise to command;
the rest must suffer.
The beneficiaries of privilege are
today repeating Napolean's lie to de
feat the workingmen in their effort to
get better conditions for the masses
that do the work and suffer the hand
ships of modern wealth 'production.
To the petition for wages that will
enable all workers to live in comfort
and educate their families, the high
priests of privilege say to the street
car men, "Why do you complain?
Look at us. Sixty thousand salaries.
Twenty thousand salaries. Ten thou
sa&d salaries. We started at a dollar
arnd"aTfaTfa"aay. ' Iir every man's
body and brain there lies the same
recompense. Work as we did and
you can rise to the same level."
Deceptive and specious argument.
How many presidents and superin
tendentJfcould any industry support
on -these high salaries? The mere
statement is sufficient to reveal the
lie and dissipate the fog. Society
could dispense with the sixty thou
sand man with less loss than it could
spare the thousands that only get
fifty to eighty dollars a month. For
the plain truth is that upon the un
paid earnings of the poor Is founded
the system that upholds the million
aires and their highly paid parasites.
Geo. V. Wells.
CONCERNING LACE WORKERS.
I was deeply moved on reading
your article describing the lockout of
the lace operators of Zion City. To
the ordinary American citizen the
situation referred to is but another
sporadic skirmish in the age-long
fight between capital and labor, but
it is more than that in this case it is
an actual struggle for very existence
on the part of the unfortunate men,
who, together with their families, the
gigantic and remorseless Marshall
Field corporation is endeavoring to
cast out on the human scrap heap.
As a former resident of Notting
ham, England, whence these intended
victims of capitalistic greed were
lured from their homes by false and
black lying promises made by the in
gratiating Alexander Dowie, I well re
member the stir created in that city
when these men were Induced to give
up their homes and their jobs and to
bring with themselves and their fami
lies the skill which transplanted a
new industry and added another
source of development and prosperity
to these United States.
The lace machines which these
men operate, the most marvelous and
intricate piece of mechanism in the
textile industries, were also imported
,from and are still manufactured -al-