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Oct. 17, 190a.
ered the local authorities to preserve
law and order."
Great care should be exercised that
those on strike do not pormlt them
selves to be provoked by the coal and
iron police into the commission of
overt acts. The operators, failing to
break the strike and deprive you of
your well earned victory, are now at
tempting to array public sentiment
against you by malting false claims
that a reign of terror exists in the
coal fields. Be steadfast and true
while this struggle for living wages
and American conditions of employ
ment is going on, and we have no hesi
tancy in saying that victory will be
achieved in the not distant future.
The heart of thenation beats in sym
pathy with you and all good citizens
favor your cause.
Do not fail to have resolutions
drafted in plain, temperate language,
telegraph them at our expense to
President Mitchell's- headquarters im
mediately on the adjournment of the
' President U. M. W. of A.
,D. T. NICHOLS,
President District 1.
" President District 7.
President District 9.
Shaw's Surrender to Wall Street
Secretary of the Treasury Shaw has
issued the following circular to na
"A wholly unauthorized and un
founded report appears to have been
sent from Washington yesterday, cal
culated to mislead, with reference to
the action taken by the secretary of
the treasury relative to the mainte
nance of reserves against government
deposits secured by government bonds.
That there may be no misunderstand
ing, either as to the law or the action
taken by the department, you are ad
vised: "The national banking act, as you
are well aware, lays down the rule
that all associations shall maintain
certain reserve against all deposits,
failing to do which the 'comptroller of
the currency may notify any associa
tion to make good such reserve; fall
ing to do which within thirty days
the comptroller may, with the con-
Why does everybody approve when
the government gives financial asslst-
currenco of the secretary of tho treas
ury, appoint a recolver,' etc.
"The law therefore lays down tha,
rule that the reserve shall be main
tained, but lodges discretion with tho
comptroller and with the secretary
of tho treasury as to the enforcement
of the rule. You are notified that tho
rule will not be enforced so far as it
relates to government deposits secured
by government bonds.
"It must be borne in mind in this
connection that it is not the intention
of tho department to encourage in
creased credit On tho contrary, very
great conservatism should bo exercised.
"But it is tho desiro of the depart
ment that no worthy business interest
shall suffer simply because a bank has
invested its money in government
bonds to secure a government deposit,
and to that extent has relieved tho
treasury from a growing surplus, and
has thus restricted its capacity to ox
(Signed) "LESLIE M. SHAW,
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ance to banks and great corporation
interests, and disapprove when any
one suggests that tho government
should assist other classes in need?
Wo all agree that it is right for tho
secretary of the treasury to strain a
point and send $20,000,000 to Wall
street for the relief of business men,
when they feel the need of money.
Why should not public sentiment re
quest the government to take some
kind of action when large masses of
population feel the need of work?
The banker, or Wall street manip
ulator, in need of millions of loose
money to carry on his plans, deserves
duxuu bymijuuiy, ui uuuj.&c.
But he surely deserves less sym
pathy than the man who wants work
to enable him to feed himself and his
In this country all men are supposed
to bq equally important in tho eyes of
Why does the government respond
so warmly when the bankers need
$20,000,000, and respond not at all
when hundreds of thousands of men
need employment, In the cold winter,
or during times of panic?
Since it is possible for tho govern
ment to pay out interest on bonds in
advance, would it not be possible to
arrange to give work to those who
ned it? ,
Could not some scheme be devised
even for lending government money to
the small individual now at the mercy
Could not public roads, canals and
other enterprises give work to the
man actually seeking employment for
Is there not some way of securing a
national administration which will feel
the needs o a great number of poor
men as keenly as the present admin
istration feels the needs of a small
number of rich men?- Chicago American.
trust paradise that tho president has
been stumping the country. It Is to tho
defeat of democratic congressmen that
tho trusts will most willingly devote
their resources in this coming cam
paign. 'ine election of democratic congress
men this year can alone give reality
to the ideas which the democratic plat
form expresses and the election of
democratic congressmen can alone
disturb the taritt-fortlfled serenity of
Congress alone can make effective
the demands of the democrats.
It is the duty of those who feel that
tho people should govern the country
to vote for democratic members of
congress and bring tho coal trust, the
beef trust and the other pirate trusts
within reach of the people. Chicago
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John Mitchell, Han.
Mitchell has given proof that he
possesses the gift of invincible pa
tience and good temper, and he has
the entire confidence of the miners.
It is to bo hoped that the men will
support him loyally and not make it
hard for him to do his duty as a good
citizen. The public may require of
them some sacrifice of pride, some
yielding of their just rights to the
Democrats May Asfc
Why organized Iahor wants tlte KeferettiMB.
Why, to stop Mief.trlkcfl, and the shcottefa,
the "Vampire" Judges.
They know that if the people were In
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VERNMENT, thatT,abor would get justlc.
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be permanently settled.
On the United States representa
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The coal trust, the beef trust and ev
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Objection not Valid.
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