OCR Interpretation

The advocate. (Topeka, Kan.) 1894-1897, April 04, 1894, Image 10

Image and text provided by Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, KS

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85032018/1894-04-04/ed-1/seq-10/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 10

Natioualism is the H'ghest Plane of Co-op.
Editor Advocate: It ia only a ques
tion of time when nationalism will nec
essarily come through the .evolution of
civilization. It is a system for organ
izing all mankind into an industrial
army, each working for all and all for
each. It substitutes a co-operative sys
tem of industry for a competitive one.
It solves the vexed questions of finance,
land and transportation, that are being
discussed at the present time.
It is a progressive form of socialism.
We are at the present time enjoying so
cialism to a limited extent. Our gov
ernment is founded on socialistic prin
ciples, deriving its just powers from the
consent of the governed; our postal and
public school systems are socialistic, our
churches, seoret societies, and all other
organizations are socialistic in nature,
and the same can be said of the family,
which is the natural unit of human so
ciety. Co-operation ia essential for the
success and life of all these institutions.
Nationalism is but carrying co-operation
to its ultimatum.
We are told that the "love of money is
th root of all evil" If society was so
- organized as to make all exchanges of
labor and labor's products, by the aid of
service certificates, would we not be able
to. tear out the tap root of evils from our
civilization ?
"Fifty men in these United States,"
says Chauucey M. Dapew, ''have it in
their power, by reason of the wealth
which they oontrol, to come together
within twenty-four hours and arrive at
an understanding by whioh every wheel
of trade and commerce may be stopped
from revolving, every avenue of trade
blocked, and every electrio key struok
dumb. These fifty men can paralyze
the whole country, for they control the
circulating currency, and create a panic
whenever they will"
When fifty men have it in their power
to control the circulating medium, which
is the life blood of our oountry, and
create a panic at their pleasure, ia it
well for the masses of the nation to con
vert the wealth they produce by their
labor into money coined from one or
more of the preoions metals? In this
age of steam and electricity, when rail
roads are the great national highways
they should be owned by, and operated
for, the good of the people.
The experiment of government oon
trol of railroads has proven that rail
roads control the government. For our
present civilization the telegraph and
telephone have become one of the neces
sities of life, nearly as much so as the
mail service; and while we quietly sub
mit to their being controlled by corpora
tions and cheerfully pay exorbitant
prices for their us?, we might search all
over our globe to find a man idiotio
enough to suggest the idea of putting
onr postal system into the hands of a
With telephones $3 per year in
Swedes, where the government owns
them, and $240 per year in New York
city, where corporations own them, we
find here a lesson in governmental
ownership, but like all good things
mountains of prejudice must be over
come in order that it may be attained.
We boast of American independence,
but I predict that when future histor
ians reveal to the coming generations
that the people of the latter part of the
nineteenth century permitted conditions
to exist whereby fitly men with twenty
four hours' notice could block every av
cnu3 of trade, public opinion will then
c,'3 V3 iih tj' J3iot tnd the insane.
Our lands are fast becoming the prop
erty of foreign landholders, corporations
and syndicates. Three fifths of Kansas
land ia already in their possession and ia
being monopolized by them, to the loss
of the homes of our state. The last mad
rush for valuable homes from U cle
Sam's domain has been made and onr
only relief from these private monrpo-
lies is to organize a national monopoly
of the land, which differs from a pri
vate monopoly in that the former bene
fits all, while the latter benefits only the
few. The only redeemable feature of
the latter is that they have been object
lessons, teaching the people the power
of united action. The crushing effect
upon the mac sea will compel them to or
ganize for self-protection under the
nationalistic system. Co operation and
the use of improved machinery that is
obtainable through organized industry
has proved profitable to the manufac
turers and beneficial to their employes.
The advantages derived from the results
of inventive genius should be used to
lessen the burdens of all mankind. With
the farms arranged as they would be
under nationalism the steam plow and
other improved machinery would be as
far superior to our present implements
as those now in use are above the
pointed stick of wood formerly used by
the Mexicans for a plow. While na
tionalism should never invade the sanc
tity of home, it would break the monop
oly that the majority of wives hold over
the cook-stove, wash-tub and ironing
board. Co operation has taken the
spinning wheel and loom out of the
household and will eveatually remove
the kitchen and the laundry. The ediot
went forth years ago that man should
earn bread by the sweat of his face. Un
der our present competitive system the
idle man of luxury will put on a sancti
monious face like the Pharisees of old
and quote scripture to the hungry man
who has tramped for weeks to find em
ployment to earn food and clothing for
himself and family.
Nationalism would insure every citi
zen an honest living, then no woman
would be compelled to seek a life of
ohame to keep soul and body together;
then would none of the departments of
our national government be filled with
women clerks who have sold themselves
body and soul in order to gain their posi
tion and are holding only by submitting
to the lust of some representative of "the
dear people" who ace so blind with party
ties that they'believe their national law
makers are enacting laws for the good of
the nation, when in fact they are work
ing for the trusts and combines that are
sapping the very life of our nation.
Temperance is not confined alone to
the drinking of intoxicants. An intem
perate amount of work wears the body
prematurely, dwarfs the intellect, and
converts a human being into a mass of
inoontrollable nerves. An over supply
of idleness leads to dissipation and a pau
per's grave. Nationalism would provide
for the feeble, aged, sick and infanta and
compel all able-bodied citizens to do
their share in the hive of industry.
The world waa created by an All Wise
Heavenly father, and the poorest beggar
is as much a child of Ilia loving care as
the wealthiest aristocrat, and should not
be deprived of his inheritance through
trickery and management of the few,
any more than should the child of the
household be deprived of food and cloth
ing because through Borne misfortune he
may be feeble in mind or body; but on
the contrary he needs equal opportuni
ties with his fellow men.
The fullntsa of the earth provides
bounteously tor m in's wants, and it ia
only our own willful ignorance that will
permit the selfishness of the fw to
monopolize the blessings intended fct
lly t ' Mrs. Um A. Qm
An Address by the Topeka Trade and La
bor Assembly.
Hall of T. and L. A., )
Topeka. March 23. 1894. l
To the Public:
"The poor you have always with you"
is a truism that flourished with the birth
of Christianity, and succeeding ages
have witnessed no amelioration of the
then existing ciroumstances. The better
ments of conditions have been the study
of every generation, each at times grad
ually lessening the burdens of the var
ious elements of society, but with con
stant lapses of effort, which have appar
ently retarded the good effects intended.
With none but the best intentions, and
looking to the highest interests of all
classes, the Trades and Labor assembly
of Topeka desire to offer a few sugges
tions to the producing and consuming
thinkers of Topeka. Among the diversi
fled interests of the 'city it is difficult to
briefly select from the number those of
a possible comparative value to producer
and consumer, but at a venture the flour
and tobacco interests both prominent
Topeka industries are selected, the one
an indispensible necessity, the other, as
may seem best, a necessity or a luxury.
The flour industries of Topeka are
conceded to be without a peer, not only
by its home and interstate patronage,
but through the large demand which its
excellent qualities have created for it in
foreign lands. The manufacturers may
claim they have no just cause for dissat
isfaction; that their competition is le
gitimate, and that they get their just
dues, yet is it to the credit of the con
sumer that for the saving of a paltry per
cent, he transfers his patronage to a for
eign territory which produces no returns
to his city or to him? Would not the
money forwarded to other sources for
this one commodity, if spent for home
productions, create a demand for in
creased works, a larger number of work
men, and following the sequence to the
end increase Topeka's interests both nu
merically and financially all this, too,
with but a trifle of self sacrifice on the
part of the consumer?
Of the tobacco industry of this city it
is unnecessary to enlarge on the yearly
consumption of home and foreign pro
duction. It is but a short time since
that urgent appeals were sent broadcast
for a fund for the establishment of a
woollen mill in this city, which in the
entirety of its employes will be but
a drop in the bucket compared with the
number who might secure employment
in the single branch of cigar manufac
turing were its interests properly looked
after. The factories of this city might,
with no monied assistance other than
their just patronage quickly increase
their working force over one hundred,
thus bringing to our midst workmen who
would contribute to the welfare of the
city by improving business in various
channeis. Instead, how is it? The fao
tories now maintain a struggling exist
ence, oftimes the proprietors, with a re
duced force, carrying on their operations
at a financial loss. And whose fault? Is
it the consumer, who, for a fancied
craving, prefers to contribute to the re
gions of Topobolambo rather than to look
after the interests of his own household?
Or, is it the caterer who blindly selfish
of all but his own interests, neglects to
push forward those of his own city?
Some of the latter may be care! ssly neg
ligent, while others are wilfully culpa
ble, but, to their shame be it said, some
absolutely refuse to deal in homo-made
productions, although of equal and oft
times better quality than those in their
possession. And that, too, while solicit
ing the patronage of the very men whom
they so deliberately insult. What shall
be said of this class of citizens who so
anxiously desire the traffic which tends
to fill their coffers, and ask their patrons
to kiss the hand that smites them.
Their interest in the prosperity of the
city or state is coincident with that of a
prominent Kansas avenue fruit mer
chant, who a short time since was asked
what he thought were the prospects of
his fruit trade.
Oh, it's all right," said the dealer,
"the late frost will probably ruin the
Kansas fruits."
"All right?" interrogated the ques
tioner, "how is that?" .
"Oh," responded the dealer, "I only
deal in foreign goods and a good home
product would ruin my trade."
Was he to blame or not? He was
simply looking out for No. 1, and the
person without sin is solicited to cast a
These few citations apply equally to
every industry in the city confines. We
appeal to the thinking classes to the
opulent and the person of small means,
whose positions may be reversed in a
day can you not assist one another even
at the present?
Between producers and consumers'
there can be but one alternative a unity
or a fall. While neither desire nor
should they have a Chinese wall about
the city, the interests of all would sug
gest that charity should lean a trifle to
ward the home line. The citizen who
goes from home to purchase what can be
secured from his fellow townsman is
equally culpable with the merchant who
wholly ignores his home products, rest
ing contented that his own interests do
not suffer. Both elements fill a niche in
society, but would to God we had less of
As members of the various affiliated
labor organizations of Topeka we ask the
mercantile interests to assist in pushing
forward this labor of love, and appeal to
the wage-earners to remember that the
Lord helps those who help themselves,
which liberally translated means. "Don't
trade with Caesar unless Caesar trades
with you."
Patronize your home markets, and
thus aid in giving many an idle man in
your city employment.
Reserve your dry goods trade from for
eign territory and Topeka merchants
must of necessity employ additional
clerk hire, and their quick sales natural
ly mean smaller profits.
Patronize your packing houses and
thus create a demand for supply which
draws producers from the surrounding
country, who from the products of the
farm furnish the necessaries, and in
turn contribute their mite toward keep
ing the wheels of industry moving.
Patronize your flouring industries
they need no adulation; their fame is
world wide, but crowd them with such
demands that enlargement of surround
ings and additional help must perforce
follow and let foreign flouring industries
see to it that Topeka's citizens are loyal
to home industries.
Give to the cigar makers of Topeka
their deserved patronage. Their facili
ties are unequaled no market furnishes
better stock and no industry a better
class of citizens. See to it that credit be
given where credit is due, and thus add
to your midst that which will alike inure
to the benefit and prosperity of the city.
Aid your printing establishments and
enable the proprietors to furnish employ
ment to a large class of wage earners,
who will see that the natural channels of
business quickly absorb the earnings to
which you may have contributed.
And so on through the list of Indus
tries, all of equal value and all occupy
ing their proper relation to each other.
Let it be the aim of all to see that none
suffer, but that each be pushed forward.
Then bonuses for industries will be like
angel visits the industries will come of
their own volition, and Topeka will se
cure a boom surpassing any in its his
tory. This is the belief of the members of
the Trades and Labor assembly. Does
it not accord with yours, fellow citizens?
If not, we trust that upon reflection you
may be led to agree with us.
Respectfully submitted,
Will Sullivan,
H. R. Jones,
William E. True.
You ought to read the new book "The
Dogs and the Fleas." See premium list.
Of MoPherson, Kansas.
J. W. TOWELL, President. A. P. WAUGH, Secretary
Eiaxs, $3,800,000. Loecoa paid, $130,000. Besourocs, $90,000.
Insures property against Fire, Lightning and Wird, aid Ore-win Crops against Hail,
from one-third to one-half cheaper than any old line company. All loeses promptly ad
justed and caid without discount. Gira ua a trial and be oonvinoed.
J win muag dTrtU:ri xaaa Advocate

xml | txt