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W' ' -
I, as a member of said union, state
that such a resolution has never been
brought up before our meetings. At
the following regular meeting this
matter was brought up and a resolu
tion was passedto- condemn the Chi-
cago American for such a fake reso
lution. This will show how the Chicago
American gets so many resolutions
from different labor unions. Max
Cosper, 851 N. Leavitt St.
WHAT WILL WAR MEAN TO YOUR STOMACH
AND POCKETBOOK, MR. AMERICAN CITIZEN?
What will happen in these United States when Europe becomes a
shambles of war instead of a beehive of industry?
Win the American worker have more to eat? Will he jingle gold in his
pocket and laugh and say, "I should worry," at the death and disaster? Will
he find prosperity or will he feel the clutch of poverty, become jobless and
foodless because the machinery of the world is out of kilter?
What of the farmer? The merchant? The banker? The manufac
turer? Will they reap a golden profit from blood-soaked lands or will they
fall upon lean -years?
Does it mean hunger or plenty? Does it mean boom times or panics?
Opinions differ widely. Some leaders in finance and industry seepros
perity for this country from the turmoil abroad. They see work for every
man at high prices. They see wages leap faster than prices of necessities.
Others see only suffering and privation for the American worker because
of the stagnation of business here with greatly increased cost of living.
The general opinion the country over is pessimistic. Most of the men
who have tried to forecast the possibilities of a great war see only disaster..
The chance of gain is much complicated by the lack of an American
merchant marine. Ships flying foreign flags would be fair prey for the
navies of other nations. There would be no security for American shippers,
except under the protection of the neutral Stars and Stripes.
Before ships can fly that flag this country must show good proof to all
beligerent nations that there has been an actual sale. A mere hoisting of
a new flag, will not protect. Heads of great industries are most concerned
over the lack of such ships.
What will happen when war is a reality, when millions of men are fight
ing instead of producing, when destruction and not creation becomes the
occupation of a continent? Only the event can show. From the leaders of
mercantile, industrial and financial word The Day Book has gathered the
widely divergent opinions. Here is what they say:
JOHN R. FORD,
Acknowledged Authority on U, S.
"The reversal of the current of
foreign trade wfll deprive the United
States of millions of dollars monthly
in customs duties on European pro
ducts. Imports from Europe for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1913, to
taled more than $892,000,000 in
value. This would proctically disap
pear in the event of a general Euro
W. H. BENNEY,
Manager of the National Manufactur
"Prices of food will rise. There
will be a feverish activity in some
lines of industry, but it is hardly pos
sible that there would be any raise of
wages. It is more probable that there
will be more unemployment with a'
higher cost of living "
J. OGDEN ARMOUR,
King of American Meat Packers.
"The war between Austria and Ser-