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into work. Pursuing dollars on the
links or in the city are essentally the
same, and the man seeking pleasure
after business hours finds himself
doing just what he has been doing in
his office or store."
WHY I AM GOING TO VOTE FOR
By John P. White,
President of the United Mine Workers
For every workingman and wom
an the 'paramount issue in this cam
paign is the right of wage earners to
organize and act together for their
. own protection and advancement.
Every big corporation and labor
eiploiter in the country intent on de
feating organization and keeping em
ployes submissive and defenseless is
working might and main for the elec
tion of Hughes. They know that he
concurred in the infamous Danbury
hatters' decision, and they count on
him to repeat his performance when
ever the issue of the right to orga
nize comes before him. They know
that he declares the democratic legis
lation of the last four years must be
The Clayton act establishes the
freedom of labor so far as it can be
established by congress". But the fight
has only begun. Both Hughes and
Eoosevelt have shown that they are
not in sympathy with the purposes
of that act Roosevelt while presi
dent violently assailed a similar
measure and the labor men who
sponsored it He could not tolerate
any limitation on the power of judges
to send working men to jail for long
terms without trials for striking and
thus interfering with the "right" of
an unfair employer to do business. L
Recently the United States circuit
court of appeals handed down a de
cision at St. Paul intimating that in
the belief of these judges a strike
may be a conspiracy in restraint of
trade, regardless of the Claytonjact.
The United States supreme court has 1
T yet to pass on labor's bill of rights,
and there was never a time when la
bor had greater need of public offi
cials at Washington who will give
more than lip service to the ideals of
freedom and dejnocracy. i
When Confidential Agent Bowers,
in charge of the Rockefeller mining
interests in Colorado, wrote hjs chief
in 1913: "Now for 1916 and the
campaign for the open shop," he
foresaw what has come to pass. From '
New York to San Francisco the pow
erful interests hostile to, labor's '
emancipation have marshaled their
forces for a smashing drive, on both
the industrial and the political field,
against the right of wage earners to
Under the circumstances, with the
igsue clearly and sharply drawn, the
wage earner who does not see his
duty clear before him must be blind
indeed, both to his own interests and
to the interests of human freedom.
"Universal REQUIRED service" is
the way to say it, according to'Harry
Pratt Judson, prexy of the U. of C.
"Universal OBLIGATORY service"
is the way Roosevelt puts it,
"Universal COMPULSORY serv
ice" is the way Henry Ford puts it.
As a fisee, American citizen you
take your choice.
You can be required, obliged or
compelled all the same thing.
It means you have no chance to
say yes or no to it.
Whether it is a good thing or not is
one of the big questions to be
thrashed out by this nation. ,
It got a bad start in Chicago by
staging Robert Bacon of New York
as chief speaker and wise guy. As
first adjutant and executive secre
tary to J. P. Morgan in the organiza
tion of the U. S. Steel Co., Bacon
smells of the munitions business and
the patriotism that peddles profits to
itself while working its employes 12
hours a day.