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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 11, 1912, Image 9

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'Little-Father of the Steel Business" Eighth Wonder 'of the World
When It Comes to Giving Testimony. '
Andy. Carnegie, "Little Father
of the Steel Business", gave one
of the finest exhibitions on "how
to avoid answering pertinent
questions at yesterday's session
of the I Stanley Investigation
Committee; that ever a court of
inquiry has had the misfortune
to listen to.
Andy was falsely supposed to
be a witness. A witness common
ly is supposed to be one -who
gives information. If that defin
ition is correct, Andy's a poor
witness. '
He talked. He told yarns about
himself. He kepVthe gallery in
a roar of laughter. He read the
committee a long statement
which told just how, in Andy Y
opinion, the government ought to
control, the trusts. He. rebuked
the committee for asking ques
tions he didn't want to answer.
He offered Chairman Stanley a
library. But when it came to in
formation about the intricate
ways of the steel trust, or the
Carnegie Steel company,v before
it became part of the trust,
Friend Andy was the original lit-n
tie sphinx.
Here are a few samples of
Andy's "testimony":
"Oh,you want to know about
that Rockefeller deal? I must
tell you a story about Mr. Rock
efeller. You ought to enjoy it,
and I'm going to tell it to you.
"The last time I met Mr. Rock
efeller was New Year's'eve in our
little cottage at the St. Andrew's
golf course: .
"He looked fine the old gent'e
man did, nicely dressed, and smil
ing and nappy.
"I- had just been reading how
he wore paper vests to keep out
thecold. Well, he gave Mrs.
Carnegie and-tne-e;acha present.
He gave us each a paper vest."-
Chairman Stanley tried to find
out about the building '-. of the
Homestead pjant by Charlie
Schwab. This is what he found
"Do, you know, gentlemen, that
man Charlie Schwab is the great
est .mechanical genius I know'?
'Once, I suggested to him to ex
periment with open hearth steei
rails. ' In a week he came to trie
t with a design for a furnace, and
soon we were'makmg rails which
sold for $5 more per ton than
'thos'e sold under the old svsrem."
About half a dozentimes in an
swer to pointed questions:
"Oh, I don't know any-thihg-about
that. I left all that part'of
the work to my younger partners.
X remember. . . ." (and a long
screed about what h$ remember
ed, said screed having nothing ta
dq with the question asked.)
In answer to the question td
just how he figured the $430,000
000 for which he sold out toMor
gan: "I was a fool to sell out for:
$430,000,000. I could have hadf
$100,000,000 more. . ...

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