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BULLETIN 139 UNCLE SAM TELLS THE STORY
OF A GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDY Bulletin 139 of Uncle Sam's bureau of labor statistics is a document with food for thought. It is an encyclopedia of the Michigan copper district strike. In a heavy,, official manner it tells an absorbingly interesting story the storv of coDDer. of creed and of humanity once more crucified because of its worship of liberty. The facts are there how a few men got hold of a great natural treas ure, putting in $1,200,000 and taking out $120,000,000; how, to protect this privilege, they subsidized churches and schobls, endowed philanthrophies, installed costly schemes of welfare work, hired private armies, controlled newspapers, swayed legislatures and courts and tried in every way but the right way to keep their workers contented. How, not to be lulled by gifts from above, the workers yearned for in-, dustrial and social justice for better wages, shorter hours, fairer condi- tions, a say in the ordering of their lives. How surprised, then indignant, then tubbornly cruel the task-masters" became when the workers, asserting themselves, voted for justice or war. And then how the long tragedy of the combat proceeded, arrogant capi tal on the one hand, tenacious poverty on the other, with government meekly seeking to mediate but seemingly powerless to step in and by its' commanding might establish justice. The bulletin tells the whole pathetic story, but you have to read most of it between the lines. For it is a statistical documentary, lawyer-like re port packed full of raw facts, and not a human picture. If it WERE a human picture; if it showed as they exist the contrasts be- ' tween life as it is lived in Boston by the luxurious copper barons sybarites like the nobles of imperial Rome and as it is endured by the thousands who delve in the bowels of the earth, doing the work which makes these ab sentee capitalists rich (ruler contrasted with ruled; light, joy, privilege for a few; penury, toil, subjection for the many), congress would probably have a fit and deny it access to the mails. ., As it is, you can get a copy by sending to Washington; but when you, read it you will have to picture these illuminating contrasts yourself. -o o THE MEXICAN SITUATION Mexico City, March 28. General Huerta started 2,000 conscripted sol diers for Torreon today in a desperate effort to save the besieged city. The men were picked up on the streets of the capital, pressed into service, fitted with arms and uniforms and hurried ly placed aboard trains. El Verjel, Durango. Gen. Francis co Villa has been informed that Gen. Maclovios Herrera, together with part of the Zaragoza brigade, has captured almost the entire southern portion of Torreon. The entire north ern portion of Torreon is in flames. The federal loss in the battle1 of Lerdo and Gomez Palacio was enor- mous, according" to figures compiled today. 800 dead have been picked up on the two battlefields. The consti-. tutionalist loss was 100 dead and 200 wounded in the two battles. FRONT! "When Brown was a child every body predicted that he'd always be at the front." "And is he?" "Yes; he's a doorboy." o o Forty babies out of every 100 born in the United States, it is said, do not receive medical attention at birth.