The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, September 13, 1901, Page 8, Image 8
8 the Commoner. Whether Common or Not. Waiting. What will I got when my ship sails home? Wealth of India in jewels and gold? Laces and silks from quaint looms old? What will I get when my ship sails home? Oft in the past I have had my dreams, Dreams of the day when my ship hove to , Out in the harhor of golden gleams; Safe though the tempest of ill luck blow. Riding hull down with its precious'frelght, Jewels and gold and its Bpices rare; . Anchored and safe from an adverse fate, , White sails furled in tho evening air. What will I got when my ship sails home? Riches and wealth heyond compare? Gold and jowelB a king might wear? What will I get when my ship sails home 74; Sitting I dream of a cargo rich . Freighting my ship as it sails to me; White sails set to the utmost stitch, Plowing its way through tho sunset sea, . Well do I know there is naught of gold, Naught of jewels, nor silks, nor lace, Filling tho space in my good ship's hold Some thing far better now takes their place. What will I get when my ship sails home? : ' Something far better than yellow gold. Never did ship such a cargo hold This will I get when my ship sails home: Two little hearts beating warm and true; Two baby faces that smile at me; Four dancing eyes with a glint of bluo Keeping close watch o'er the .sunset sea. . ,Two baby voices ;that lisp my name; .,-... 4 "Mother the sweetest 'aeath heaven's dome;. -Laughter ard'love not gold and fame tW - These will I get when my1 'ship sails -home. - Ready. The haughty manager of tho ConsolidatedMan ufacturing Co. tapped the golden bell that stood upon the desk. The private secretary atonce obeyed tho summons. "Have tho men been notified that wages are to be reduced 15 per cent?" queried the manager. "Yes, sir." . ' ' . "Have they boon notified that tho rent, of 4ho company cottages Is to be increased 25 per. cent?" "Yes, sir." "Haye they been notified that their union will no longer be recognized?" "Yes, sir." "Good! Now send for the reporters of tho Daily Administration Shrleker and I will dotail my plans for aiding our employes by permitting them to purchase stock in the Consolidated Manufacturing Co. We must mako some sort of. showing to de ceive the public. nixed. Tho delegation of agriculturists called upon Senator Taxemall and exprossed a desire for an audience, "Why do you advocate a continuance of the protective tariff?" quired tho chairman. "Ah, to prevent our manufacturers from being swamped by tho competition of foreign manufact urers," replied Senator Taxemall, swelling with, conscious pride. "But what will happen to American labor when our homo mills manufacture too much for homo consumption?" "That time will never como, because we are to day enlarging our foreign markets and undersell ing the foreign manufacturer." "Then wo are to understand that the protective tariff which prevents foreign competition enables us to compete with foreigners?" queried the puz zled agriculturalist. "Yes, that is what I mean. Bypreventing tho Competition of foreigners we aro enabled to com pete with foreigners because tho competition of foreigners being prevented, foreign competition becomes that Is to say, by enabling our manu facturers to compoto with foreigners by preventing foreign competition or, as I was about to shy, by competing with foreigners our home manu facturers are protected against tho foreign com petition that competes with our gentlemen, I have here a fow copies of my famous speech on tho Irrigation question. Take them home and read them. As you pass out you will notice a box of cigars on tho hall tree. Come again, gentlemen." I Then the delegation walked thoughtfully away. ' "Whew! That was a narrow escape," said Senator Taxemall. "These farmers are becoming too almighty inquisitive. We've got to divert their minds. 5MSplclOU5. '- "i see by tho papers that one man has succeeded in cornering tho prune output." ' "I'll bet ho is tho agent of the landlady, of our boarding house." Slow. ' Why should, tho Constitution bo . A flying racer of the sea? Of course behind its bound to lag It can't keep up with e'en a flag. Poets' License No. 32,333. A .British commander named Kitchener, Said, "The Boers are in tho last ditch, or near.' But the grand proclamation " Aroused the Boer nation, To give Johunie Bull a new pitch on ear. Somewhat mixed, but warranted by the facts. v In Bugdom. -..-, Dr. A. M. Osquito "Victory! At last I have pre served my name for future generations!" Mrs. A. M. Osquito "What have you done now, dearest?" Dr. A. M. OEqulto "See this littlo vial, love? Well, the Whitish substance you see therein will make me famous. It is the virus which will render our kind immune from tho terrible disease known as Standardicus Oilibus." -J. . i Wu. ' Goodby, Wu, We'll miss you v When you've cono to Lun'non. :'f' ; Fact, might say, ! $ .:,.. You're p. K. J" Such a jolly rum 'un. v So long, Wu, We'll miss you, : Hope our memory haunts ye. We're bereft, Ax. that's left Is jour undo Chaunccy.- .. . ' Experiences. Nothing is quite so unsatisfactory as boarding 'round while waiting for your household goods to arrive. There are times in a man's life when ho would givo all ho has to bo aroused from sleep by tho crying of his baby. A crust of bread where love is affords greater joy than a feast in a restaurant where rush and hurry are the watchwords. Not even the most ardent sportsman can find pleasure in house hunting., '...," Easy Board. , The grizzled old Boor warrior stood unabashed in the presence of tho haughty British officer. "Why do you porsist in fighting? Aro you not awaro that you have been thoroughly subdued?" "Vas iss dot? Korvit ftghtin' von dose British sopply tarins vos plenty eatin' givin'? Nein! Dos iss vot I call pooty gude board, ain't it?" However tho sarcasm was lost4 upon his ma- jesty's military representative. Next year, or ths year after, perhaps, tho haughty warrior will take a tumble. Peradventure' he may do so tho next time he gets within range of Boer riflemen. : tts. Mental Divcr5lon. : "These critics of Kipling mako me tired. Kip ling is writing for future generations." "Perhaps he is, but what he writes sounds liko he wrote it to keep from thinking of his Ameri can brother-in-law." W. M. M. r r Shark or Whale? V Is the billion dollar trust a sharlc or a whale?. It is a ferocious and formidable monster read(y to ' devour everything in Its way, or is it a huge, helpless mass, easy prey for smaller and more active enemies? Theso questions are hard to answer just now, but some light may be thrown upon them by tho outcome of the steel strike. The United States Steel Corporation, the type of the overgrown trust, has some advantages and some disadvant ages as a fighting organism. It has a certain ad vantage from its control of the bulk of the indus try. When a small factory is closed by the strik- -ers its business goes elsewhere. When half the . factories of the Steel Trust are closed it can mako up for the loss by working double time in tho other half. It can dismantle mills and movo them to more favorable locations. Even if its whole business should be tomporarialy suspended it would not be lost, for the work could not bo dono outside, and orders would simply be de layed. Again the strikers in a single establishment could be supported indefinitely by the other union workers in the trade while their . employers wero lesing money. But if all the workers" in the trade strike there is nobody to pay benefits, and the men must face destitution unh3S tho men of other unions come to their rescue. Thus, though the employers in a universal strike suffer less than in an isolated one, the strikers suffer more. 6 On tho other hand, the trust has troubles from which the independent employer is free. If thero had been no United States Steel Corporation there probably would havo been no steel strike this year. Each constituent company of tho trust could havo settled its relations with its men, either on a union or a, non-union basis. If thero had been a strike in one of the companies the others would not have been affected by it. But by the extension of a common ownership over the entire field of tho industry scores of mills wero dragged into a quarel with which they had no . direct concern. The American Tin Plate Com pany, which had no dispute with the union, and tho Carnegie Company, which had not even a dis- : cussion because tho union had no foothold in its works, were alike caught in the strike whirl pool. . Again, the relations of a gigantic trust with the stock markets are so delicate that the slight est interference with its orderly progress becomes a calamity. Wall Street has been dominated by the steel strikes for weeks. Every point knocked off the price of the stocks of tho United States Steel Corporation means a shrinkage of over $10,000,000 in tho property of Investors and spec ulators. At one time the steel stocks were thir teen points below the price at which they might have been expected to sell had thero been no Btrike. That meant a loss of $130,000,000 in the market value of tho securities. It meant that many margins wero wiped out, many specula tors ruined, and many investors frightened intp disposing of their holdings at a sacrifice. This gigantic depressing Influence weighed down the whole market. Securities of railroads and in dustrial corporations that hadnothing to do with steel went down with tho rest. No such consequences could follow a strlko in , a local or limited flolid. Even one of tho $100, 000,000 trusts that wore considered giants before ' tho "Morganeering" epoch could have had a strike without notably affecting Wall Street. But a labor conflict in which a body like the United States Steel Corporation is involved is like a war among first class powers, and responsible business men will dread tho one as much as responsible statesmen dread tho other. Saturday Evening Post. i 4 n 1 1 a 0"