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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 07, 1912, Image 4

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couraged by increased vote, has
already started 1916 campaign.
Barnes says California will soon
have big Socialist newspaper.
Debs may have polled 900,000
Remember the words of Secre
tary of State Knox, who prophe
sied three weeks ago that he was
going to retire from office
March 4.
Where are the expert statistic
ians who said that this year's
presidential election would be
thrown into congress?
Of the 27 Illinois congressmen-elect,
20 are Democrats, 4
Republicans and 3 Progressives.
Progressives, with 28 in Illi
nois legislature, can just about
decide what two men Illinois will
send to U. S. senate.
There was somewhat of a new
feature about that strike 6f the
textile mill workers at Little
Falls, N. Y., aside from theropen
demonstration of officialdom's at
titude toward the working peo
ple. These millworkers had no
union. They were what police
toadies call "foreign scum of the
earth." They struck simply be
cause they had to go cold and
hungry on the wages they got.
The chief of police, in arresting
Rev. Lunn for addressing the
strikers, disclosed the official
viewpoint thus :
"We have a foreign element to
deal With. We have in the past
kept them in subjection and we
mean to 'continue to hold them
where they belong."
The police policy of keeping
people in subjection to starvation
wages is by no means confined to
Little Falls. It seems to be the
police idea generally that if a
man is poorly paid" and a "for
eigner" it is police duty to keep
him such. Yet the national policy
is surely to make such a man a
contented and patriotic citizen.
There is much dynamite in the
notion that the mission of the law
is to keep men in subjection, to
hold them down in the misery
"where they belong." Compara
tively Tew of our ninety millions,
of people are far removed from
"foreign"" ancestry, and it is in
disputable that "foreigners" take
an important part in all so-called
labor disturbances, whether such'
be inaugurated by organized
labor or other elements.
An Unwelcome "Bite."
As a sign of his business a
shopkeeper hung outside his shop
a large fishing rod with an arti
ficial fish at the end of it. Late one
night a man who had been dining
out happened to see the fish, and,
going up to the door, he knocked
gently. "Who's there?" demand
ed the shoopkeeper from an upper
window. "Sh-h! Don't make a
noise, but come down, as quickly,
as you can," said the man below.
Thinking something serious was
the matter the shopkeeper dress
ed and came quietly and quickly
downstairs. "Now, what is it?"
he inquired. "Hist!" admonished
the other man. "Pull in your line?
quick you've got a bite."

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