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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 20, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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merits being printed and which have no facts behind them
to warrant the vicious attacks being made. Wish you
would see Senator Lewis. Advise him that all of this agi
tation has only a-tendency to inflame the minds of the
people and to prejudice our interest."
You will observe from that message that there is
ONE thing the big packers are afraid of PUBLIC
OPINION. ' ngs:eHI t ,
In the past they have shown that they are not
afraid of presidents, congresses, governors, legislatures,
.mayors, councils and courts but they ARE afraid of the
people when their minds are inflamed.
Only the other day they offered their BOOKS to the U. S. District At-
torney. That didnt surprise me. For years and years the people have been -trying
to curb their vast and dangerous power through courts and laws
and it didn't bother the FOOD TRUST magnates a little bit. ,
But now when THE PEOPLE are getting mad about it the powerful
packers are getting scared.
IT IS HIGH TIME THEY WERE GETTINQ SCARED
THEY HAVE TOO MUCH POWER FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEO
PLE OF TH4S REPUBLIC, AND THAT POWER OUGHT TO BE CURBED.
It isn't the power of numbers, for there are but few packers.
It is the power of organization and MONEY.
It is the power that makes cold dollars count for more in a democratic
republic than human beings with red blood in their veins.
It is a power that enables a few individuals to stand in between millions
of producers and consumers and dictate the price at which producers MUST
sell their food products and the price the millions of consumers MUST pay
for what they consume.
It is a power that enables a mere handful of two-legged men to lower
the wages of every man, woman and child in this country who works for
wages and by making them pay more and more and ever more for the
necessaries of life.
It is a power that threatens the very life of this republic by reducing
to practical slavery the men, women and children of the working class
the only class that can keep any nation alive. gi
It is a power which by reducing the wages of men, sends women and
children into the stores, workshops and factories, where their souls and
bodies may be-ground up into profit for these masters.
It is a power which is sapping the energy of the nation, a power which
if not curbed will turn millions of human beings into dumb brutes by get
ting out of them the last ounce of energy while allowing them only time
and food enough to husband that energy for the next day's work.
It is a power that condemns to degrading servitude the toiling millions
in order that the fdle few may waste their lives in luxury and vice.
It is a power that .so-called representative government has failed to
curb or heck, because, the. pasters of -money hav& been -able .to .control,, in

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