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who in some manner clutched the
upper hand and gained unjust dues.
Figure on the suicide graves, poor
farms, consumptive harbors and in
sane asylums and see if we cannot
find this to be true, almost nine times
out of ten.
Restitution is beyond recall on
these occasions, for the assiduous
wreckers of minds and breakers of
bodies and hearts have taken too
much to give ample returns.
Do any of us know where we are
going tomorrow or whether our lives
will not end in some horror or wheth
er the health we are enjoying today
in the debacle will not pass away?
There is a God and He has His say.
THE BONUS SYSTEM. Now
that the spirit of giving is passed and
manufacturers have discriminately
given bonuses to all nonunion em
ployes, let us look that "gift horse"
squarely in the mouth and we will
find it suffering with mouth disease.
The Manufacturers' ags'n has given
unionism its deathblow.
The "gift horse" (bonuses) has al
ready contaminated, and organzied
labor will have to search for an anti
dote. The writer has been a staunch
supporter of unionism and carried a
card, as the saying goes, for 17
years, but he did more than carry a
card. He had the courage to back
up his conviction to an extent of self
sacrifice seldom equaled by card-carrying
But, as an ideal labor leader once
.remarked: "The spirit is willing,
but, as the flesh is weak, the worm
will turn." The worm is turning and
the spirit is weakening, as it even
tually will, if there is no small hope
of reward for one's time and effort.
The writer is still a union man,
firmly believing in its principles. Only
from now on he intends to be more
passive. The workers will never
wake, neither will they act concert
edly for their own good. So, I say,
jwhat is the use.?, ,
This is quite an indictment for one
individual to place against millions.
They will rise en masse only when
lashed with knout, as in Russia.
Workers, like wolves, are pacified
when thrown a little food discrimi
nately. They will fight or fawn in
hope of getting more.
They know well what they need
and want, but hang in packs await
ing a leader. Then, getting what
they were after, they immediately
forget their leader; and leaders are
but human. Christ, the Great Teach
er, at the end could but say: "Father,
forgive them; they know not what
they do." And since that time they
must work out their own salvation.
It is true. It will never beidone with
out leadership, but my philosophy
comes from bitter experience, and I
say, let them hope, pray and beg for
it. Possibly they will then appre
ciate. Remarks I have heard coming
from union men (?) since the em
ployers have instituted the bonus
system have caused me to lose some
of my fast-waning faith ia men. And
what does this bonus mean in dollars
and cents to the workers? I know
of one place where they gave a 10
per cent gift (?) On their yearly
First, having systematically re
duced wages on an average of 50
cents a day, saving the employer
$156, out of this he gave bonuses
averaging $100 to those who were in
his employ continuously for five
years. And still the poor goofs can't
see it. There is one born every min
ute. We sure do need birth control.
A. E. H.
Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City
charter' board, after bitter debate,
adopted city manager plan.
Berlin. Peter Osterhaus, last sur
viving major general of J3. S. forces
in Civil war, died at home of his
daughtej-in-law at Duisburg.
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