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NATCHITOCHES POPULIST.
Subscription $1.00 Per Year. There is No Free Country, Unless the People Rule. Price 5
VOL. IV NATCHITOCHES, LA., MAh 4CI IS1. 1898. N. .
THE GREAT CIiT)OWN t
REDUCTIONS NOT DUE TO t
SOUTHERN COMPETITION. C
As a Rule the Same Magnates Own the
Southern and Norther, Mills-The
Workers Have to Do More for Less
Honey. d
When it was announced a few weeks
ago that 28,000 operatives in the city
of Fall River would have their wages
reduced 11 per cent there was great
surprise. When this was followed by
the news of a cut in every textile cen
ter in New England the people were
dumbfounded,
The excuse, and only excuse, offered
is competition with Southern cotton
mills. The writer has toiled six
years for the greatest cotton corpora
tion in the world. He has also been
in some of the largest and best South- f
ern mills. I mention this only that the a
reader may know that I know of some n
things in connection with the textile n
industry. If we take into considera- F
tion the kind of work done and the t
amount turned off per hand, there is
no great difference between the South
ern and Northern mills. That compe
tition between the said manufacturers,
both North and South, is partly the
cause of this gigantic cut, is true. Let
me add right here that the cotton mil
lionaire lords who own our Northern
mills are to a very large extent the
very same lords who own the Southern
mills. A sort of competition between c
themselves for revenue only. Well, F
they can't lay this cut to the tariff, for t
they have their own sweet tariff. Un- c
der our present system we are mak
ing more goods than we can sell; this t
is true of both Northern and Southern
mills. In Fall River, a surplus of 75,
000 pieces are piled up each week, and t
the total surplus in that city today is
more than 1,800,000 pieces. Goods are
being piled up in every textile cen
ter.
And even on the same work the
worker has to do 30 to 50 per cent more
than was required ten years ago. To
illustrate: A loom-fixer who received
$2.25 per day to look after 40 looms
ten years ago looks after 60 today for
$1.80;,90 men, women and children do
as much in the dye houses as 800 could
only fifteen years ago. The Northrup I
or Draper loom, which was invented E
some two years ago, promises to rev
olutionize weaving-at least on plain
goods, Thousands of these looms are
already in operation. They run 190
picks per minute. One operator can
tend from twelve to twenty looms
an average of sixteen. The loom has
two novel features, one is a stop mo
tion by which the loom is stopped when I
ever the work happens to break, and
the other is an arrangement whereby
when the filling on a shuttle runs out
another is substituted automatically.
The loom will run for more than an
hour with practically no attention. A
good weaver by running sixteen looms
can make about $8 per week, the aver
age being about $7. One weaver will
weave from 2,000 to 3,000 yards in a
week.' Compare this with the number
of yards your. grandmother could
weave.
In 1892 gingham weavers received
46 cents per cut--43 yards-for weav
Ing. In 1897 they received 27 cents per
cut, now they receive 24 cents. In 1890
there were 137,8;359 cotton operatives in
New England, and the average wage
rate was, according to Carroll D.
Wright, $3586 per year. By 1896 the
wage rate had been reduced to $320
per year, while the productivity of the
workers had increased more than 20
per cent. The average pay at present
is 3$288 per ear. This is for New
Isgland. The great 10 per cent re
daetion whihh has Just taken place af
teets more than 100,000 textile workers
l1 the six New England states. In
round agnres these wealth producers
will receive $300,000. less wages per
month in 1898 than they received in
1*7. And they will consume $300,000
is goods per month. This will in
atdsify and make worse the already
lserable conditions. During the past
d(geh years the stock of these New
,Rgland Cotton corporations has aver
aged alx per cent above par.
A history of one of these corpora
t i Js a history of all. The great
At&tleag corporation--the greatest
0tton manufacturing company fn the
prid; ceommenced business seventy
bOrre rrs ago with a capital of $200,
0, *. They bought several thousand
are. of land at $3 pe acre. They
have somid some of that land at $3,000
e r acre. The original inveAtment
was- paid back several times during
.b 81st few years of their operation.
. ~hS lgret reorporation is worth from
F:gtyto fity million dollars, all made
i tr t e:t llaoIs The 8,500 wage slaves
S.O qSeate fabulous wealth for the
gtion rlords are unorganized. They
i:, the old r ,rty tickets, Just about
"  :ista, and think "protection to
-, ArIfI M labor" a great thing.
 :!'' . ·eDIton of the textile workers
 av rage wages are not above
per fear. Ih his report ter 1890,
:lf- D. Wright instaices hundreds
egfpso s of wage hands working for 21
'a' . in 189tigatons were
wt it p sat c a the textile
0I a heoaless, only nine per
gb;es of their own. The
~i·;·~
rapid motion of the textile machinery, I
the constant application of brain and
muscle, depletes the vital energy of
the workers. A female weaver who H
constantly tends six of these rapid
Butler looms or sixteen of the Draper
looms is completely tired out in a few
weeks, and in five or six months 90 T
per cent of them are either sick or
compelled to take a vacation. The
discouragement, the hopelessness, the
loss of ambition, can only result in a
lower standard of morals, an increase
of crime, intemperance and prostitu- T
tion. If the textile workers of Amer
ica want better conditions, if they
want short hours, an abolition of child
labor-in a word, if they want justice
for themselves and humanity, they
must join and vote for the abolition n
of this miserable system.-F. G. R. a
Gordon.
0
CURRENT COMMENT. a
The Republican platform declared in b
favor of the destruction of trusts; and b
at the present rate every line of busi
ness except that of the farmer will be
monopolized by trusts before 1900. h
Farmers and workingmen will con- e
tinue to pay trust dividends.
b
As long as farmers and laborers elect
to office the representatives of trusts v
and monopolies farm products will de- c
cline in value and mill operatives will 1i
have to submit to cuts like the present
one in New England.
The American Federation of Labor
continues to protest against the ap
pointments and the legislative policy of a
the present administration. This is be
cause they failed to file their protests
in the only effective place--the ballot
box.
The mission of the party is the aboli
tion of all monopoly. Other political
parties may occasionally aid us in de
stroying some monopolies, for which
,help we shall be duly grateful; but ex
perience proves that we cannot trust
parties to remain clear of corporation
influence. The people must look out
for their own political interests, and not
rely upon any variety of politicians.
E. H. Fulton, edtor of the Age of
Thought, vouches for the correctness of 1
the following table of American ipdebt
edness:
Private mortgage deeds.....$19.700.000,000.00
Western Union Telegraph.. 121.760,806.98
New York Mutual Tele
graph .... ....... ...... 2,500.000.00
Postal Telegraph ............ 12,500,000.00
American Rapid Telegraph. 1,000,000.00
American Bell and Sub.
Telephone Co......... 80.000,000.00 1
Long Distance Telephone... 5,000,000.00
National Banks .............. ,141,500,000.00
Savings Banks ... ....... 1,854.519,069.00
22 States .......... .. ....... 4,547,000.000.00
956 Municipaities .......... 745,949.796.00
Several Counties ............ 145,693,840.00
National (bonded and float
ing) ....................... 1,155,630,878.00
School Districts .......... 36,701,938.00
Railroads ................ 11,443,883,891.00
67 Fire Insurance Companies 51,557,875.78
141 Miscellaneous Companies 1,547,813,957.00
56 Commercial Trusts ....... 333,945,652.00
Total ....................... 44,929,9567,70.76
This debt means an annual interest
charge of about $200 for every family in
the nation, but it means a much grdater
burden than this to the farmers and
workingmen upon whose shoulders the
whole is Shifted. 'This annual interest
charge is payable in legal money only,
hence, as Iprices of products of labor
fall, as they must under the sangle
gold standard, the burden becomes
heavier each year. Something must be
done unless the producers will con
sent to be crushed. The free coinage
of silver, if it doubles prices, as even
Wall street organs admit it will, will
cut the annual nterest debt in Owo.
Suppose we try it.
lxperimenats Neessary.
STo stop experiment is to stop action,
for the modern world is a new world
I and in it there are no tried and beaten
1 paths. The floods and glaciers of in
Snovation have carried away the an
cient landmarks, and by raising new
Sbarriers and structures largely shut off
from all progressive peoples, even the
Skindly rays of the lamp of experience.
No agitators, but science and inven
tion, have pushed us away from the
ancient world, with its well-worn roads
and. lighthouses, and where we walk
now human feet never trod before. The
Slight from our foreheade is our only
lamp, and eternal truth our only guide,
prefer to experiment, or to be experi
mented on; to be the surgeon, or the
Scorpse.-.Walter Vrooman, in New
Democracy. .
The Nerty Bankers.
The hanks demand that the govern
a ment furnish them money with which
Sto carry on their business without
Scharge, says the Silver Knight-Watch
e man. .The boldness of the demand
Smakes our head swim. All the tailors
in the United States should now de
o mand that the government furnish
them eloth to carry on their business,
the sboenmakers should demand leath
er, the carpenters wood, the bricklayers
' bricks, and so on ad infinitum.
A Woe( with Staftl'ed Statesmen.
There is more hunger in Washington
.City than in Diawson City. Iet our
stall-ted statesmen who are worrying
i over the sufferlapgs of the miners put
Sthat in their pipes and smoke it.--Bige
. 3ddy. '
THE CONSPIRATORS. "
WHO ARE CALLED MONETARY tl
COMMISSIONERS.
ii
They Are Like the Fourteen Men Who
Swore to KIU Paul-All Their Claims
Hlave Been etfuted and Exploded C
Long Ago. d
a
There is an account given in the New sJ
Testament of fourteen men who bound
themselves together by an oath that d
they would neither eat nor sleep till R
they had killed Paul. They did not ee
succeed in killing the apostle and were n
necessarily compelled to break their s
wicked oath. The reason why these a
fourteen conspirators desired the death
of Paul was that he was preaching V
against idolatry and other deceptions d
that were practiced against the people c
by a corrupt money class who misled ti
the people with false doctrines. d
This band of ancient conspirators '
have something like a prototype in the
eleven conspirators who banded them- P
selves together at the instance of the 8
bankers' Indianapolis convention of
"sound money" deceivers, and spent t
weeks in Washington in secret con
clave, devising a plan to destroy the d
liberties of the American people. Ver- e
mont's discarded ex-Senator at the r
head of this band of conspirators. Their
work has been laid before the public, t
and is probably the most ingenious
piece of sophistry, false assumption
and cunning, innocent appearing as- 1
sertion, ever produced. The false the
ories of money invented and practiced
by bankers and hoary usurers, and that
have been exposed and refuted by un
deniable facts a thousand times, are
all mustered with inimitable skill. This
class base their hopes on the old adage
that a lie well stuck to is as good as
the truth.
It would be as tedious as unprofitable
to follow their long meandering trail I
through their dissertation on money, I
and particularly the government money I
of the United States, which is pro- I
nounced as "bad" except its gold
coins. The whole contention of the
band of conspirators is for "standard"
money, and that standard money must I
be gold, and the continuation of the
present gold standard. They attempt
to give no reason why gold is a "stand
ard" money or should be a standard,
and the only standard money and not 4
silver, except that it is more handy than
silver. Silver was as much of a stand
dard money for thousands of years
before 1873 as gold, simply because the
mints of all countries were open to its
coinage, and there was always a de
mand for the metal beyond the supply.
Open them again and the same condi
tions will produce the same results.
There would be the same demand for
silver as for gold. Close the same
mints against gold and it will fall in
price in the bullion market the same
as silver has fallen, only a great deal
more.
The monetary scheme concocted by
the eleven conspirators of the Indian
apolis bankers' convention, in principle
and object, is the same as the concoc
tion of Secretary Gage and President
McKinley's greenback retirement plan,
only the former is more ingeniously
presented and worked out in detail.
The fundamental falsehood on which
they are all built, is "a standard of
Svalue." There is no standard of value,
never has been, and never can be.
Value is the relative difference between
articles of merchandise or things con
trolled by the fluctuations of trade. The
value of the same articles changes al
most daily, influenced by demand and
supply, whether that demand be natural
or artificial. Money is a medium of
exchange and recorder of prices, and it
Sis nothing else unless its legitimate
1 function is abused by cornerers, usurers
and speculators. The whole object of
the class for whom the eleven con
Tsplrators speak, is to make money
scarce so they can corner it with facili
B ty. Any commodity that can be cor
nered can be given an artificial price.
The conspirators' tell us there are
two kinds of money, or rather there
are two distinct functions for money.
SOne is the "standard of value," the
Sother a "medium of exchange;" that
'gold is the only standard-of-value
Smoney, and they imply that no other
commodity-cthey acknowledge that
egold is a commodity-is endowed by
Vthe intrinsic power of constituting
standard money. The exahamge func
tion they claim inheres in all other
- kinds o? money composed of asilver, pa
i per, etc. Gold, while possessing the
t sovereign power of "standard" money,
- has also the function of exchaange in
d common with its subject money, as of
' course the sovereign should have.
S It ll be noticed that the "dlvine
right" is at the bottom of the gold-bug
Stheory of money. Gold iis,king, and
money created of any other substance
must owe its power to exist to the will
oc the sovereign. All other moneys
formed of baser clay must have the
n consent of the soverein to exist. The
ir imperial gold must stand ready to "re
g deem" this half-way or purgatory
t money from perdlition.
e The gold-bug idea o governmeotie is
monardald, the gold-bus id-a o
money is monarchical, and the gold- er
bug idea of the people is that they an
should be the wage slaves of labor for ch.
the class who own the gold and the wi
"obligations payable in gold." The po- cel
litical power of this class is embodied me
in the Republican party. There is no is
longer any question or doubt on this or
subject, since McKinley and all of his
Cabinet have proclaimed it, and in- co
dorse the work of the eleven Indian- do
apolis convention monetary commis- Ti
slon conspirators. lel
The method to enslave the people un- w(
der the old feudal and knightly regime pr
was to claim a divine right to tax and
enslave the masses for the aggrandize
ment of their masters. The monetary
system of these modern barons of
mammon is for the same object. of
"'There is a clear distinction be- to
tween the functions of money as a stan- at
dard of value and a medium of ex- e
change," say the conspirators, but they tt
fail to point out the necessity for such sg
difference, except that bank issued fa
money can never be anything but a
"promise to pay" money. From these
premises they argue, or assume, that is
government cannot make a "standard" hi
money out of anything but gold. The tb
term "standard money" is only an in- ti
genious Juggle for the term legal ten- N
der. They assume to deny the sover- Y
elgn power of government to "coin $1
money and regulate the value thereof," o0
by claiming in this enlightened age m
that money is only a commodity hay- of
ing a certain fixed value, and that gold P1
has a fixed value, hence it is the divine
ly appointed money metal! Prior to
1873 silver possessed this fixed value
in France. In the United States it was
three per cent above the gold value,
and was royal "standard" money ev
erywhere in the world. A change in
the minting laws of three or four great R
nations altered the value of silver at
once. These stubborn facts upset the
flimsy theory of the goldites.
The function to transfer values is the p
only legitimate function money pos
sesses, and that is given. it by law.
Money is a ereation of law as Aristotle lI
proclaimed three thousand years ago, a p
fact that had never been questioned till I
Satan raised up the modern gold-bug r
plutocracy. An to transfer value and c
record price is all the work money ever I
did or ever can do. tl
Gold as a commodity is used to bal- d
ance accounts between traders of dif
ferent nations, and so is every other c
commodity.
It is not used to transfer values be
tween citizens of the same country, but I
must first be stamped into money by
the government. Pound a gold coin
into a shapeless mass, and no trader
will accept it in satisfaction of his bill.
No bank will credit it on a depositor's
account. And yet the Shylocks have
the brass to gravely tell the people i
that all money must have a commodity
value equal to its money value! When
ever their claims for money are put to
the test of analysis every one fails. and I
proves their claims to be sophistries
and a tissue of falsehoods.
"Redemption" is another fake, like
the chained lions in Pilgrim's Progress,
I utterly harmless. Money must be re
deemed, declare the conspirators one
and all. And it must be redeemed in
gold, One simple fact refutes this the
ory. There is not one dollar of gold
to redeem with, to twenty, or probably
a hundred of the kind to be redeemed,
if redemption were a legitimate factor
in the money problem. Redemption is
a banker's take. His bills are not
I money at all, and have to lean on some
thing for support, hence the senseless
claim of redeeming true money.
Money is a medium of exchange, A
Sexchanges merchandise with B for
1 money. B has the merchandise and A
Shas received the recorded value in the
t shape of money, and the same, or simi
Slar transactiopns ja repeated, a million
Stimes. It is going on every hour in
Sthe day from year's end to year's end,
and the identical same money is doing
V the work. Where does the "redemp
Stion" come in, and what object can
Sthere be in redeeming money? Exact
ly the same object that two men have
e who are playing poker. One "calls"
e the other when he believes he has the
. advantage of him. This redemption
e poker-money game was played by Pier
t ponat Morgan and Cleveland. Morgan
e came down with a flush hand of green
r backs, and Cleveland pretended he
t couldn't see Morgan, and went out and
V borrowed two hundred and sixty-two
g millions, giving Morgan notes payable
- in ten to thirty years on the govern
a ment. Cleveland, unlike &ost players,
Swas richer after losing than before.
0 This is the nature and true inwardness
r, of redemption money. The object is
n to cheat the people.
i There is another class of redemp
tlonists. They are not gamblers or
O rogues, and it would not be .Just or kind
g to call them fools. They probably are
d not well informed. They say money is
e redeemed every time it is paid in taxes
11 or exchanged for other things. But is
r it? A carter is hauling sand from the
10 river bank to the masons. When he
10 delivers a load of sand does he redeem
e- his cart? He has made a traneter or
7 exchange of sand from place to place.
That is all. His cart is still intact,
is ready for anobther load. When the hod
t 'a recelves his pay from the build
er does he go through the process of
anything li.e redeeming? He has ex
changed his labor for the money. He
will soon exchange the money for gro- 01
ceries. Has gold any other function as
money? Can it have any other that
is honest, whether used as a commodity
or as money?
The entire scheme of these eleven
conspirators is to juggle. The people
don't want any gold standard money.
They want enough of Uncle Sam's full
legal-tender money to keep them at
work and afford good prices for their Vi
products, and they mean to have it.
E. E. EWING. at
POINTS FROM THE PRESS.
We want to move on. The problems in
of yesterday are not the problems of pl
today. Party managers are relentless p1
autocrats that we shun as we would a t
venomous serpent; we hate them (in
that capacity), as we do the unlawful 0o
systems that they perpetuate with their
favor.-Pueblo Courier.
J. Pierpont Morgan and a syndicate of
including the Standard Oil Company
have organized a national bank trust,
the purpose being to run the small na
tional banks out of existence. The hi
National City Bank of Greater New cl
York with deposits amounting to over
$111,000,000, is the hub of this greatest t
of all concentration plans. The big et
millionaires have robbed the masses
of about all they have and now they
purpose to organize to rob each other.
-Chicago Express.
Singerly, the Philadelphia banker w
who failed and swiped about four mil- a
lion of his dupes' money, is a rabid
gold bug who supported McHanna for B
president, because any other course c,
was dishonest and meant repudiation! i,
Of course he is honest. All of them li
are. Everybody else are rogues. The a
people took the advice of such men, a
and behold the glorious results.-Ap- I:
peal to Reason. f
The express companies charge the c
large daily papers one-half cent a v
pound for carrying their papers. Our 3
postmaster general wants the postage t
rates for newspapers raised to. eight )
cents a pound. It would be cruel to a
suggest that this is a scheme to assist e
the strong in oppressing the weak. It
does not seem to have occurred to the
"servants of the people" than an act c
of congress requiring all common car- .c
riers to give the government as favor- I
able rates as they do any private ship- i
pers would not only be just and rea- I
sonable, but would render an increase
of postal rates entirely unnecessary.
-Social Democrat.
VERSE FOR THE TIMES.,
SHALL GREEDY LORDS THE LAND
POSSESS?
a What means this cry of dire despair
r That rises up on every hand.
And fills the startled ambient all
Is red war lurking in the land.?
3 No, not a war where swords anti guns
And cannons smite and heroes lead;
B But where our loved and helpless ones
Are ground beneath the heel of greed.
d The money-lender's selfish hand
Is outstretched wide for farms and
homes;
Starvation stalks within the land,
0 Despair throughout the nation roams.
The cry we raise for help, alas!
Our haughty masters proudly spurn;
c What power ordained a pampered class
To thankless spend what others earn?
Shall greedy lords and land possess,
r And revel in their sordid gains?
Shall those we love, in sore distress.
Toll hopeless on while life remains?
No, by the shade of Lincoln, no!
A proud and fearless patriot band
Shall rise and thwart the common foe,
And rescue yet our native land!
A. O. GENUNG.
HENRY GEORGE.
SHall, friend of man! Hall and farewell!
Unerring prophet of the day to be
e When men from landlord's serfdom shall
1- lie tree.
n We who yet tarry, send "God speed"
with thee.
i, Hall, friend of man! Hall and farewell!
There may be other worlds in need of
g light
SWhere men are born as here, without the
S right
To use their planet as free agents might.
r Hail, friend of man! Hall and farewell
We soon shad follow who now wait be
hind
STo see thy message sink in every mind:
n "Earth is the heritage of all mankind."
-Miles Merander Dawson.
I A PERFECT SYSTEM.
2. We thank thee, Lord, that thou hast sent
affliction to the rich
te Dyspepsial, gout, insomnia and other
id troubles which
ro Disturb their souls by day and night and
cause as much or more
le Of real distress than do the ills that thou
D- has sent the poor.
. We may not have enough to eat. They
e. eat too much, and so
* It's just about an even thing which hath
the most of woe.
We have no time to rest by day. They
cannot rest at night.
SSo, all in all, it sead/eth things are pretty
nearly right.
id We can't afford to ride, but there, again,
their joy we balk
For, oh, thou sendest them the gout, and
is so they cannot walk.
es Thou sendest them rich food and drink,
weak stomachs, headaches, wealth.
To us thou sendest poverty, plain living,
he toil and health.
Oh, glad are we the rich must have, while
m living off the fat,
or Hay fever, likewise paresis and lots of
things like that.
SAnd so we are thankful fot our joys, the
et, greater part of which
4- Is thinking of the many woes thou send
est to the rich.
--Nlxeon Waterman in L. A. W. Bulletin.l
UNITED WE STAND.
ORGANIZATION 18 ALL THAT IS
REQUIRED,
The Other Fellows Are Doing It-
some Excellent Suggestlons from
Walter Vrooman's New Democracy
How to Free Oarselvee.
We clip the following from Walter
Vrooman's New Democracy:
The union of those who profit by tyr
anny necessitates the union of all who
believe in liberty. The internation
alism of millionaires is creating an
internationalism of the common peo
ple. The situation is being so sim
plified that all may comprehend clearly
two forces, whose conflict extends over
the modern world. All minor and sec
ondary divisions and issues are swal
lowed up. The international aspect of
the problem does not, as one might at
first suppose, confuse the mind, but,
on the other hand, simplifies the issue,
so that none can mistake concerning
it. Old prejudice, reverence for party
names, sectional hatreds, sores left by
historic feuds, religious differences and
affiliations with local political ma
chines, in which self or friends are in
terested selfishly, all tend to cover up
the real issues, when only the local
end of the fight is studied.
When the nature of the present world
conflict is understood, those who fa
vor the people's cause will cease to re
ceive any further instruction or advice
whatever from their enemies or the
allies or agents of their enemies.
If America declared open war upon
Britain should we put the slightest
confidence in any statement emanat
ing from English sources as to the best
line of attack? Is it not a rule of war
always to fire in the direction oppo
site to that advised by your enemies?
In all business and other practical af
fairs of life is it not universally rec
ognized as the extreme of folly to ac
cept as facts the statements of those
who may profit by our discomfiture?
Most assuredly! And it is time for
the merchants and workingmen of
America to apply to their political
struggle these simple maxims so well
established elsewhhere.
I would ask the workingmen of the
country who are rapidly leaving the
.churches not to judge the. clergy
harshly, because the majority are dumb
in your behalf and because a few open
ly and blatantly champion the cause
of the oppressors.
But I must also ask you to place no
confidence in their testimony in this
political trial, for their lips often utter
words their hearts fain would with
hold, and they often pray for suc
cess to the banner for whch they can
not fight.
Let us not condemn them because
they are boulnd with chains of depend
ence, but let us rather include them
* among those whom we shall liberate
when we establish a political system
which shall set all men free.
Many cjergymen have told me how
their heasts have bled for the victims
of social Injustice; how in anguish they
have wept over the piteous dies for
help uttered by their dying brothers
and sisters in Jesus Christ; Ow, bltst
ing with indignation, they have JObged
to strike a blow against the brtiftality
that crushes Christ's little ones in or
der to grind from their bones and
blood colossal and unnatural fotulne.
But they said, "We must conceal our
tears and swallow our indignation,
though it chokes us. We dare not
spe~k out-we could neither destroy the
tyrant nor save the victims. We would
only succeed in dragging down our
our wives and little ones into that
that dark stream of poverty from which
those who have fallen in can never
hope to rise. First of all, we must live
-and then do what little we can to
temper the reign of injustice and op
r pression. The overthrow and destruc-.
tion of this system of injustice rests
upon the shoulders of God and the com
. mon people."
Three Dollars a Week.
As an aid to working girls Miss Elis
abeth Banks began the experiment of
Sliving in New York on $3 a week. She
has been reporting progress daily in
the evening edition of the World.
t Confidence was succeeded by doubt,
doubt by conviction.' Yesterday she
gave up. With all her experience, all
a her intelligence, all her prudence and
economy, with the spur of making her
u undertaking a success, she could not
live on $3 a week, and she is convinced
y that no girl can. "She can merely ex
ist in sickness and hunger and dis
comfort." Yet, as Miss Banks discov
y ered, there are hundreds, yes, thou
sands, of girls in this city who earn
$3 a week and must keep themselves
from death or worse on just this sum
, and no more. By publishing Miss
d Banks' stories and typical letters she
has received from despairing girls, the
, evening edition of the World has
made the most.-potent aeal-~-osstible-.
to the humanity of the comfortable so
journers in this world of sorrow.
le New York World.
of P. S.-Vote for the gold standard and
maintain this sort of thing.
he
Prosperity has been heard from In
- Troy, N. Y., where the steel mills have
closed down indeflnitely,

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