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JV. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
COO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
T.;.l Editorial, Monroe 333
lelepnomS Circulation, Monroe 3828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
30 cents a Month. By Mall. United
States and Canada. 33.00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postotflce at Chicago,
I1L, under the Act of March 3, 187.
YOUNG ROCKEFELLER There is
no way by which the law can expel
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., from this
country, but there are ways by which
the people of the country can make
it plain to that young squirt that he
is an undesirable citizen. One way
would be for the legislatures of the
various states to pass resolutions to
the effect that he is an undesirable
citizen of this country and a menace
to civilization and humanity.
Public sentiment is hostile to the
author of the Colorado outrages. All
'that sentiment needs is organization.
THOSE BIG SALARIES. It would
be interesting to know just what
Blair, Busby and Budd do to earn
those outrageous salaries. They are
no wiser in general information than
the general run of men. There are
plenty of men in the employ of the
companies who can route car lines
and run the street railway system.
The chances are that most of the
brain work in management is done by
experienced subordinates anyhow.
Why the big salaries then? Is it
because they know the little trick of
getting long hours of work out of
thousands of employes for small pay?
Is it because they understand finan
cial juggling and know how to con
vert franchise values into millions of
watered bonds and stock?
Js it because they know how to
persuade council and legislatures to
do the things they want done for the
benefit of the companies?
Is it because they know how to get
by with small property returns for
taxation, to elect judges and persuade
city administrations to let them use
the city police force as a private
The city is interested in those enor
mous salaries. The people have to
pay them. So the public would prob
ably be interested in knowing just
what Busby, Blair and Budd do to
hold their jobs and pull down those
PUBLIC OWNERSHIP. Why isn't
now a good time to organize a Public.
t We will always be in danger of
strike and trouble so long as the pub
lic utilities are run for private profit
instead of public convenience. There
is an irreconcilable conflict between
public . service and private profit.
For instance, the street railway
game is to pack the most possible
people in the fewest possible cars,
because that's the way to make the
most money and pay the biggest divi
dends on watered stock.
And fn order to protect their special
privilege of exploiting the people the
street railways and other public util
ities find it necessary to play politics
and control municipal and state gov
ernment which means that politics
and government must be debauched.
The people of Chicago have voted
three times for municipal ownership
and apparently are no nearer to it
now than when they started. If such
an organization could be completed
outside the parties the sentiment of
the people in favor of public owner
ship could be organized for effective
If the people of Chicago who be
lieve in public ownership ever get to
gether in one organization outside of
all of the parties the people can get
what they want ..