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anti-trust law to cnish trades union
ishi if ultimately it brings the work
ers of the city and country together.
I would like to see complete or
ganization of the farmers of this
country into granges or unions. Then
-I would like tJ-see all labor organ
ized Into unions. After that it will
be no difficult task to get them to
gether politically, because the work
ers on tjhe farms and the workers in
the industrial centers have so much
For years Special Privilege has
played the rural members against the
city members in state legislatures.
The rural legislators were not
much interested, if at all, in laws
regulating municipal public utilities,
Buch as street railway, gas and elec
tric companies; and only were inter
ested in a small way in telephone
So they were used often to prevent
home rule laws for cities and to help
enact laws tying the hands or those
who huddle together in cities.
Farmers' granges, however, have
been evoluting toward labor unions.
In many states they have become
ardent advocates of the initia
tive, referendum and recall, and
other progressive legislation for pub
lic ownership and real government of,
by and for the peope.
When they get together this coun
try may become in fact as well as in
name a democracy.
Criminals. Here's a bit of phil
osophy found among the papers of
John J. O'Brien, police inspector, who
recently died inNew York:
"I know something of what the
world calls criminals. They have
the same warm clasp as you or I.
Their brains were fashioned by the
same power. You and I may have
had criminal instincts, and it may
have been our good fortune never to
have had temptation thrown in our
path. We all fill our positions in life,
playing the game until we go out for
ever. I know the human side of
criminals, and I know that humn
lives are much alike, but when I see
a man placing himself upon a pedes
tal and calling his fellow men crim
inals I mistrust that man."
Wouldn't folks be surprised if
every one of us told the truth about n
things we have done since boyhood? v
Do YOU really believe there is a
living human being of adult age who
has not at some time in life violated
I wonder how many men there are
in Chicago who have not violated the 4
law requiring them to return for tax
ation the full value of their property?
I have heard successful business
men tell how they stole apples, grapes
and watermelons when they were
boys. And they enjoyed telling
about it. I have done the same,, And
I have heard of a man going to prison
for stealing a loaf of bread because
he had no money, couldn't get work
and his family was starving.
. Many boys have stolen even money
and grown up to be good citizens.
They were not sent to prison or pun
ished by the law. They may have
been scolded or well, tanned.
And I have known of other boys ,
who grew up to be successful crim
inals because they were sent to -prison
for the first offense.
May be the way you commit crime,
has something to do with it. The
yegg who blows a safe takes a
chance. It is much simpler and more
cultured to hire a room, call it a bank,
print gold letters on the window and
wait for people to come in and hand
you their money and then fail. f
The yegg lacks culture. The
banker may be a Sunday school
teacher and a civic reformer.
The employer who robs girls of -their
youth and drives them to perdi
tion through starvation wages may
be a cultured gentleman may be.
Hearst and Wilson. The vicious
and venomous attacks on President
Wilson in the Hearst papers can have
no patriotic purpose. There Is a
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