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That's my .chief interest in the preparedness agitation. I -want the
nation's interest to be centered on the general welfare of the men, women
and children of the working class. And this preparedness propaganda,
with the captains of industry boosting it, is the best opportunity yet offered
to make the entire citizenship of this country see the importance of the
conservation of that part of humanity that slaves and strives for a living
under the stars and stripes. t
Yet I am suspicious of the real purpose of the Garys, the Armours,
the Hearsts and the Perkinses in their zeal for preparedness and likewise
of their anxiety to pick the next president
1 8U,sPect that tney hoPe to get the people so crazy over preparedness
that we'll all forget the underlying issues like the social justice features
2Lv 1912 BuU Moose platform for example. And then do as they p'lease
with the government after we have gone to the polls waving the flag and
have voted them into power.
. say "J15 as one man who voted for the Progressive platform in 1912,
2?f fS?.Ufr Ve. most advanced .and the most, promising platform
ever put forth by politicians of the two old parties. '
wJy?,nkL T ?ovr' owever. as if this wave of preparedness is
lfn?Pnr!L.h0pe at il swamP the Buli Moose platform of
aS rfiS nU0SrB1Ve party out of business, so that the reaction
I ?d parties do business at the old stand.. ,
, ord Pmchot evidently scents this danger. In a full pagead in
Fridays Tribune he referred to the Progressive platform of 1912 as a new
departure in American politics, in that it set forth the doctrine that human
rights are supreme over property rights, and that the public welfare
He says this this year the issue of Americanism comes first, and that
other issues must wait but favors maintaining the Progressive party
organization so as to be ready to advance the cause of human rights when
foreign relations have been adjusted and we have prepared ourselves
against aggression from abroad and are "in position to work out our in
ternal problems in peace.
I Pinchot evidently fears that some of the Progressive leaders will throw
the 1912 platform overboard in order to combine with the old euardbf the
G. O, P. and win in 1916.
And I'm almighty suspicious of the honest intentions of Progressives
of 1912 who are playing the game with Gary, Hearst, Perkins, Armour'
et al in 1916, waving the flag and shouting for the kind of preparedness
that that bunch of political and industrial highbinders want
I believe that today's preparedness parade is intended to help this
same bunch control the action of both the Progressive and Republican -conventions
It looks to me like a scheme to make a president who will promise
nothing but preparedness, and you can bet your undershirt that the pre
paredness Gary, Hearst, Perkins and Armour are for isn't the preparedness
Sam Gompers thinks he is for.
j LADIES' DAY AT BALL PARK
Tomorrow, which will be ladies'
day at St Ignatius' ball park, 12th
Bt and, Blue Island av.f Holy Family
will meet, the strong Flood; A. C.
baseball club. Geraghty or Gallagher
will do the twirling and Carberry the
receiving for Holy Family. Sansone
and Eraci will be the battery for the
Flood .A. C. Game starts at 3 p. m