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IS THERE A MURDER TRUST?
,An Editorial by Roger W. Babson, Financial and Economical
Expert. , '
Following the Titanic disaster a national conference was
planned to take action to promote the safety of ocean trevelers,
workers in shops and stores, theater-goers, miners, school children
and all others whose lives are at stake today through criminal negli
gence. There is no doubt about this conference being planned and that
it was well under way. I know because I haye seen copies of a
form of proposal for holding this conference and copies of a draft
of a letter which was to be sent to leading government and state
officials and presidents of the leading scientific organizations of the
,This conference was suddenly called off";, certain vested inter
ests did not favor such a movement. If successful it would have
meant that the workers and property1 of this country would have
to be more adequately protected, and this in turn would have meant
added expense and reduced profits. '
The men who directly and indirectly block a great cause' of
righteousness, consider it more important to save a few dividends
than to save the lives of' thousands of people who will be destroyed
in'the next few years unless something is done to prevent this sacri
fice. It is now a month since the steamship Titanic was sunk. What
has been done about it? What laws have been passed to prevent
another disaster of the same kind ? J. Bruce Ismay has gone home.
The Mackay-Bennett has delivered her dead. The White Stat line,
with supreme insolence, is advertising the Olympic as the greatest
steamship in the world. Let all those who read such advertisements
remember that the reason why the Olympic now holds this title is
because the Titanic is at the bottom of the ocean.
Powerful interests can suppress a forma,! movement to hold a
conference on safety, but they canna't suppress the will of the people
to protect themselves from murdeY.
We must remember the Tifanic and the Slocum and the Re
public until adequate laws have been passed to make all steamship
companies that enter" our ports or ply our waters use a portion of
their dividends for the protection of the lives of their passengers.
We must remember-the Triangle shirt waist factory until laws
are passed compelling all factory "owners to use some of their divi
dends to protect thd lives of their workers. We must remember