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Tuesday, March 8, 1910.
Dnily, by mail, ono year
Daily, by carrier, ono month oJ
Weekly, ono year t"j2
Weekly, six months
Entored at tho postof fico in Globe, Ariz., as second-class mail.
The Silver Belt has a larger paid circula
tion than any daily newspaper in the world
published in a city with 12,000 or less population.
It is the little rift within the lute
That by and by will make the music mute,
And ever widening, slowly silence all.
per cent, is in the control of a dozen men who
work together. And these men are not philan
thropists or patriots, but men greedy of power
who are contriving to create have created, in
fact tho greatest power that ever existed in the
history of the world.
People laughed at Senator LaFollette when
he made a showing not so alarming as this in a
speech in the senate, and called him a disturber,
a socialist and a populist.
This aggregation of corporate control in-
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business activities. It involves the power of
life and death over the workers of the nation.
Tt proposes to use this power for the selfish pur
poses of the few who control it, and it commands
the government of the nation to keep its hands
off. , ii j
Are the American people, who rebel I c
against the infinitely less irritating tyranny of
a stupid king of England, and who rose in arms
against the power of a slaveholders' autocracy,
likely to submit to having tho price they shall re
nmvo for their labor, and the price they shall
pay for the products of that labor when they
need them to keep body and soul together, fixed
by the dozen men who have gathered up this ter
rific power and are using it for their own benefit?
should be punished more severely than Spitzer,
who was merely one of their tools, which they
ran away and left cold-bloodedly when the arm
of the law reached toward them. Spitzer and a
few $18 a week checkers have been torn from
their families and sent to prison, but the men
"higher up" have not oven been commanded to
appear at the bar of justice.
The "big men" are managing to "save their
own skins," exactly as Spitzer said. And some
day the public may learn how they were able to
do it.
An announcement of a 20 per cent decrease
in wages would probably cause the workingmen
of the country to instantly arise in revolt. Yet
it is fully within tho bounds of conservatism to
say that the real meaning of the 58 per cent in
crease in the cost of living since 1896 is a 20 per
cent reduction in wages.
Money wages are merely nominal wages. The
goods the workingman is able to obtain for his
money wages, form his real wages. Since 1896
the purchasing power of a dollar in tho United
States has been gradually dwindling. "Wages
have advanced, too, but have not kept pace with
prices. "Prices go up the elevator; wages
climb the stairs.""
What is the result 1 "Workingmen and their
families have been gradually but surely forced
to a trifle lower standard of living each year.
Real wages have been lessened by not less than
20 per cent.
The wages of the British workingman are
lower than those of tho American workingman,
although tho difference is, not nearly as great
as the protectionists assert. Yet the British
worker, under free trade, is the highest paid
workingman in the world when his salary is
measured by its power to purchase the neces
saries of life. In the report of the United States
commissioner of labor for 1903, it was estimated
that the English laborer could buy the neces
saries of life for one year with 205 days' labor,
while it would require 225 days labor for an
American to do the same thing. The difference
must be even greater now, because since 1903
prices have advanced faster in the United States
than in Great Britain.
In The Halls of Congress
position is something like that of former Speak
er Tom Reed," said Clark. "Reed once had a
boomlet, and someone asked him for an expres
sion on the subject, 'My position,' said Reed,
'is that they might go further and fare worse,
and I think they will.' "
It costs the people $35,000 annually to keep
up the White House stables. And when the
president goes out for a ride, it is always in an
Tho other day the Wall Street Journal pub
lished an analysis of financial control showing
that J. Pierpont Morgan is dominant in cor
porate business that has a capitalization of $10,
000,000,000, or nearly 10 per cent of the entire
wealth of the country.
One man out of ninety millions controls 10
per cent of the wealth. Remarkable, isn't it?
And worth thinking about by a people whose
right to work for wages and to get wages enough
to live upon depends upon the character of tho
control of this wealth.
But that isn't the whole story, by any means.
Moody's Magazine, which isn't a "muckraking"
magazine and is published for investors, not for
socialists, comments thus upon the showing
made by the Wall Street Journal : " It is a well
known fact that in railroads, industrial con
cerns and in public utility enterprises tho so
called Rockefeller interests represent a larger
aggregate of capital than do tho Morgan inter
ests. "And, further than this, these two big inter
ests are themselves quite directly allied and are
becoming more closely cemented in both their
plans and motives as the years go by.
"And outside of these two great groups are
half a dozen other smaller groups of capitalists
which between them represent in corporate con
trol easily $15,000,000,000 more of capitalized
"These outside groups are identified, both in
interests and other important ways, with either
tho Morgan or Rockefeller group, and thus we
may, in presenting an exhibit of concentrated
control of corporate undertakings, fairly state
that a capitalized valuation of probably $35,
000,000,000 is concentrated in the hands and un
der the control of not more than a dozen men."
Thirty-five per cent of the nation's wealth
and that means tho people's wealth, because the
people created it in the hands of a dozen men
who are closely allied in motives and methods!
Nor does that tell the full story. Moody's
Magazine estimates the tot.nl capitalization at
par value of the country's corporate wealth at
$43,000,000,000. Of this, $35,000,000,000, or 80
Senator Aldrich said the other day that if he
were running the government he could save
$300,000,000 a year, and the amount of comment
called forth by his remark probably is far in ex
cess of what he had expected.
-Perhaps the neatest is that of the New York
Evening Post, which says: "He is."
Aldrich IS running the government. He is
the Boss of the republic, or rather he is vice
regent for the real boss, Special Privilege.
The admission, therefore, that the govern
ment could be run at a saving of $300,000,000
a year is an admission that Aldrich has not been
doing his duty to the people; but that is an in
significant matter. He does not owe this power
to the people of the United States except indi
rectly through their negligence in failing to sur
vmmd him with senators who would take that
power away from him, and he owes and admits
no allegiance or responsibility io ui ijuujjiu.
Where the admission is going to hurt, how
ever, is with the party which makes Senator
Aldrich 's power possible. It has had full con
trol of the government in all its branches fol
practically forty years. It has had nothing but
its own Anil to hinder it from doing its full duty.
But it has been so busy doing the errands of
Special Privilege that it hasn't had time to be
economical. So it is possible for the man high
est in power in that party to say that the gov
ernment is wasting $300,000,000 a year.
Curiously enough, that amount is about what
the government gets out of the'tariff. The tariff
costs the people ten times that much each year,
but the government only gets 10 per cent of what
it costs. Sometime it might be worth while to
figure out what the government could do with
that tax of $2,700,000,000 a year if it got into the
public treasury instead of into the treasury, of
Special Privilege.
As might have been expected, Senator Aid
rich's innocent remark hasn't set well with his
republican colleagues. The Washington cor
respondent of the Philadelphia Record reports
this incident: "Later in the afternoon Senator
Hale took Aldrich off in a remote corner and
gave him the largest piece of his mind that the
Maine senator has ever donated at one time. He
told Aldrich he had made the most stupendous
blunder of his public career, and that his words
would be hurled from the stump with telling ef
fect during the campaign. He said the declara
tion made it seem that the republican party had
squandered billions of dollars during the period
it has remained in power, if the present ratio of
useless extravagance is $300,000,000 a year.
Hale Was mad through and through, and it was
a fierce scolding he handed out to his associate
in bossing the senate."
It is rather awkward. Here is a campaign
coming on, and the chief figure in the adminis
tration's party generously gives the enemy for
campaign material the admission that the repub
lican party is squandering $300,000,000 a year
of the people's money. The tariff, as we have
said, costs $3000,000,000 a year. Of that
amount $2,700,000,000 is worse than squander
ed; it is taken from a needy people and given
to an organized Special Privilege that already
is burdened with more wealth than is good for it
or for the republic. The remaining $300,000,000
goes into the public treasury; and Senator Aid
rich, who ought to know, says that it is squan
dered. Surely here are matters worth thinking upon.
"I was sacrificed so that the big men might
save their own skins," declared Otto Spitzer,
the sugar trust's dock superintendent, just after
he had received his two years' sentence for com
plicity in the $2,000,000 underweight frauds.
Spitzer deserves punishment, of course. He
was an underling in the job. But the owners
of the trust were the greatest criminals. They
would have pocketed the $2,000,000 had not
their crime been discovered. Therefore they
Special Washington Correspondence.
After Colonel Roosevelt is safely home and
the shouting has died down, the nation will nat
urally look to him to choose his company as be
tween the standpatters and the progressives.
President Taft and Senator Aldrich are sym
bolical of the reactionary group, while LaFol
lette and Clapp are representative of the pro
gressive element of the republican party.
If the ex-president disowns Mr. Taft, it will
be accepted by many as an admission of the oft-
made charge that he enticed the American peo
ple into electing as president a man wholly unfit
for the.office.
If Roosevelt places his approval on the Taft
administration it will be accepted as a slap in
the face of the progressives and progressive
It would appear that whatever course Mr.
Roosevelt takes, he will come in for criticism.
But it may be that he has already mapped out
an ingenious "policy" that will enable him to
meet the vexatious situation with a minimum
amount of irritation to all concerned.
There is as wide a difference of opinion
among Washington newspaper correspondents
as to what Roosevelt wiirdo, politically, upon
his return, as among the politicians.
Frank B. Lord, Washington correspondent
for Norman E. Mack's National Monthly, sums
up the situation this way :
"Depend upon it, Roosevelt will make no
move unless he sees beforehand that he can win.
Even though he may desire a renomination as
president, he will say nothing until he has sized
up the situation carefully and can see victory
ahead. Therefore, Roosevelt's first active stroke
for a renomination will signalize the defeat of
Taft. If Roosevelt is convinced that the stand
pat element- of his party can not be routed, he
will not show his hand as to wishing another
term in the White House."
"Come home, come home, brave Teddy, come
I have troubles enough and to spare,
Don't leave me to blunder, forlorn and alone
You can hunt in the cauebrakes for bear.
"Pinchot and Glavis, those watch dogs of your,
They have Ballmger up m a tree,
Pinchot 's loud barking I could not endure,
For I knew he was barking at me.
"Those fiery insurgents here from the Avest,
They do not like Aldrich, nor Joe,
Because I have favored the latter more than the
Those insurgents are tramping my toes.
"T tried them with laughter and broadest of
I showed them the size of my fist,
Each shot I have fired, missed them a mile,
But angered the game that I wished.
"I do not believe in your lecturing in France,
While I have so much to "endure,
Altho' I am a trifle too large for your pants,
I cannot keep step in your shoes."
In his annual message to congress at the open
ing of the present session, President Taft asked
that there be no congressional investigation of
the $2,000,000 sugar trust underweight frauds,
as it might interfere with the prosecution of the
men "higher up" in the crime. Three months
have passed and the government has taken no
step toward prosecuting the men "higher up."
Therefore, Representative Fitzgerald (N. Y.)
has introduced a resolution asking that the pres
ident "inform the house what facts, if any, exist
which makes inexpedient a thorough examina
tion at this time" of the sugar trust's misdeeds.
If the president does not reply within a reasona
ble time, there will be further developments, no
The real explanation of the antagonism of
the corporate interests of the United States to
the corporation tax is the publicity feature of
the measure. They are willing to pay a tax that
will make up the deficit in the government's
finances, according to a statement made to the
president by Charles F. Br.ookner, republican
national committeeman from Connecticut, but
are bitterly hostile to being required to allow
the government to learn their business secrets.
Minority Leader Champ Clark was asked to
say something about his presidential boom. "My
To most people respectability is nine parts
clothes and one part manners.
Some men are so lucky that when an umbrella
is stolen from them they get a chance to steal a
better ono.
Remember that two quarters in your own
pocket jingle more merrily for you than two
eagles do for you in another man's.
A man is cross with his family at breakfast,
so as to strike a fair average on how amiable
he was with his friends at supper the night be
fore. A woman can have more sentiment aroused
in her bjvstopping to look at a baby cap in a
shop window than by going to the most thrilling
play that ever was acted.
It's easy for a busy man to keep out of mis
Some people waste a lot of valuable time by
Ever notice how lew people are related to
their friends.
This old world looks pretty good to the
healthy person.
The wise man tries to acquire sense as early
in life as possible.
A man is apt to call it "hard luck" when
he gets what he deserves.
And most married men do as they please
when away from home.
The meanest of all men is the one who makes
capital out of a calamity.
Anyway it isn't a matter of record that an
old hen originated the shell game.
Mind your own business and some day you
will be minding a business of your own.
But Women can put it all over men when it
comes to looking interested when they are not.
What kind of wings do you expect to get for
the pennies voir drop into the contribution
It might be Well to remember that other peo
pie have just as much right to their opinions as
you have to yours.
After listening to a pessimist for half an hour
a man is apt to feel the way he does after tak
ing a dose of bitter medicine.
on the man with exquisitely clean
linen. He smiles on himself too
with tho consciousness of abso.
luto cleanliness. Send your
things to this laundry and you'll
know tho feeling. Once you ex
perience our way of laundering,
nothing less good will ever satisfy
you again.
Arizona Steam Laundry
Colonel (1910) So you lost half your forces
in ambush?
Lieutenant Yes, sir ! The enemy rigged up
a cannon to look like a moving picture machine,
and the boys just fought for a chance to get
right in front of it.
"Do you think a college education helps a
man in business?"
"Sure. I've had two college boys here work
in' for me durin' the last year, and I was afraid
to discharge either of 'em for fear they'd find
fault with my grammar when I done it."
"Before we were married," said Mr. Meek-
ton, "I showed my affection for Henrietta by
serenading her."
"I suppose you neglect any such attentions
' ' Yes. I show my affection now by respecting
her desire that I shall not try to sing."
"Times has certainly changed," observed an
octogenarian darkv in Alabama. ' ' Befo ' de wall
it was only de slaves dat was sold, but only de
udder dav T hears a genulmen state dat an old
mastah was sold at auction in New York for
whole lot
o' money. Times has cert'n'y
"How's vour son making out in business?"
asked the first capitalist.
"Very well indeed," replied the other, "he'
got a quarter of a million."
"Why, you started him with a million, didn't
"Yes. and it's two months now since he
started operations in Wall street."
Tramp Could you give me a little vinegai
and a rag to put on my foot?
Housekeeper T 'm sorry. I haven 't any vine
gar, but T can give you a little brandy.
Tramp Thank you, that will do very well
and T shan't need the rag.
"Oi'll work no more for that man Dolan."
"An' for why?"
"Share, 'tis on account av "a remark ho
made. ' '
"An' what was that?"
"Says he, 'Casey,' says he, 'ye 're dis
charged.' "
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