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"WHERE WEALTH ACCUMULATES AND MEN DECAY"
Whatever may be thought of the Industrial Workers of the.
World, they certainly djd a public service in exposing the wage
slavery which existed in the textile mills at Lawrence, Mass. The
strike was notable also for its comparative peaceableness. r
It has been shown that the dynamite outrage, whieh was her-I
aided through the press, was a "plant" of the mill owners. The bru-3
tality of the police and the injustice of the local authorities has been?
established. Yet the influence of Ettor and his associates was suffi-
cient to make the strike notable for the law-abiding character and
conduct of the strikers. t
Yet the usual fate of peace-makers befell Ettor and Giovan-I
natti. Yes, a jury, has finally1 declared them innocent, but here are
the big things that stand against the fair name of the old Puritan?
State of Massachusetts.
She became righteously indignant against African slavery, and?
yet permitted her white women and children to suffer wrongs
greater than the blacks ordinarily suffered in the south.
When two peaceable Italians championed the cause of the"
lown-trodden she treated them even worse thari she did anti-slavery1
agitators before the -war.
She threw Ettor and Giovannittimto prison solely because they
had advocated the cause of the dowri-tro'dden textile workers and
had fought to unite them in demanding a fair wage. '
She denied them bail. She-denied them a speedy trial. She?
held these innocent men in jail ten months. . I
When brought-to trial she confined the three innocent defend
ants in an iron cage like wild- beasts.
;The fact that the trial judge held the scales of justice evenly
and that a jury finally did its duty cannot relieve the old common
wealth from the foul blots of the above-recited facts. They show
what always happens when dollars are preferred to men.
Goldsmith told the story in song one hundred years ago:
"111 fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, 3
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.3'
' Ex-President Roosevelt was
once shown a picture of himself in
battle. He was represented as
waving a sword, on horseback, in
one of the fights in Cuba. "Is it a
good picture?" he was asked.
"Ye-es," he replied ; "it's all right,
except that I never had a sword
and I didn't ride a horse. Other
wise it's all right." '
Carnegie says he always laughs
when with kings. We did once,
but three miserable little deuces'
knocked the laugh right out of