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THE SMARTNESS OF TONY BRADY
Ever hear of Tony Brady? Chances are you didn't, unless you
chanced to read of his death the other day. Yet Tony, it appears, left an
estate of $100,000,000. And Tony's first work was as a bootblack in an
Mighty smart lad he must have been, you say, to pile up, from that
humqle beginning, in one lifetime, a fortune equal to a year's average in
come of all the people in a city of a million inhabitants.
Yes, mighty smart. For he 'saw quicker than most the easiest way to
do it. He had a hound's scent for privilege.
The "nickels of the people made the start of his fortune nickels spent
for street car ride's which, if they had been running their own cars, they
might have had for three cents or less. This recipe for enrichment is sim
ple. Get your franchise as a gift, borrow on bonds to pay for your road,
repeat the process till you've spread' over a large and growing area, take
options on adjoining land, and, short of floods, famines or great fires, you
cannot escape from becoming rich the nickels grow in volume every time
a new baby is born.
But Tony found another pay streak in American Tobacco. That's the
trust that Taft busted. Here again the recipe was simple, though not quite
so simple as the other one. It consists of adding enough plants together
until there is practical monopoly, then forcing down the prices of what you
buy and forcing up the prices of what you sell. The crimes of this trust
were incidental; kind of fits of gePrich-quick enthusiasm. The system
would have1 worked out unerringly in any event.
Toward the last of his romantic life Tony saw a still surer field of
privilege in gas and electricity. Folks had begun to get on to the street car
game and they were yelling for somebody to bust the trusts. But get a
community by the throat through its need of light, heat and power and it
will stand a lot of squeezing before it arrives at the state of impatience im
pelling it to take over these works of public necessity; and then it usually
pays what the private exploiter asks, inflation and all.
Yes, indeed; he was a smart boy, to rise in a lifetime from a boot?
black to a hundred-fold millionaire. Rather smarter, don't you think, than
the public which paid so large a toll for the service he rendered?
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BITS OF NEWS
Berlin. Mrs. Henry Humphries,
who claims to be American woman
on walking tour around the world,
ordered out of hotel for throwing
bouquet of flowers at Kaiser.
Little Rock, Ark. 75,000 men
turned out to work on Arkansas
Qalveston. Second division under
Gen. Carter's command placed on
war footing upon orders received
from Washington. Ready to em
bark at moment's notice.
Sherbrooke, Que. Thaw case still
up in the air. v
KILLS MAN AND SELF
A. Perroni, partner in the fruit
store of Perroni & Bichlna, 2604 Lin
coln av., shot and killed himself this
afternoon after killing another man
and wounding his partner, James
Perroni and Bichlna had a businesf
dispute. Perroni drew, a revolver and
shot Bichlna twice. A Stray bullet
struck and killed a young Greek
named "George." Perroni ran from
the store and as far as Wrightwood
and Herndon avenues, where, realiz
ing the consequences of his act, hq
killed himself. ' ,