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Managers Of Millions

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The Rev. J. J. McDlyar, pastor of the Methodist church at Homestead, Pa., scourged the manufacturera who had brought Pinkerton assassins into the peaceful village of the iron workers who were manfnlly and quietly resisting a heavy reduction of wages and the attempt to break up their association. Here is one of his questions and statements: "Why should men who are piling up millions each year be quarreling and sending Pinkerton guards to drive away honest men, who are as good and as honest and as upright as any in this land, but who are not willing to be made slaves or dealt with unfairly? This town of peace is bathed in tears without sufficient cause. The employers have selected a man to take charge of the plant who is the least respected by labor of any man in Pennsylv.ania." If the Eev. Mr. Mclllyar will investígate our present system of trusts and large corporations which flourishes nder "protection" he will find that this is the normal condition of affairs. Other qualifications'being equal the man who is the most beartless and most indifferent to the cry of hunger and distress, who has made a record for harsh treatment of labor, is the one who gravitates to the head of big stock companies. No item of saving must be neglected to maintain high prices of their watered stock on the exchange and human sympathy mnst not interf ere. In small businesses and factories there is still left something of brotherly love. The employer knows a majority of his employees and sympathizes with them, but with the millionaire corporations and trusts that now predominate in the "protected" industries this "sentiment" in business is minimized. The manager sits in his office perhaps a thousand miles f rom his employees, many of whom have never seen him and could not speak his language if they did. There is little opportunity for the cultivation of sympathy in euch an arrangement, nor does the manager seek any. Jugtice, syinpathy, lovë aré foreign to his business, which is not run on Snnday school ciples. He hitnself has had to reverse all his Sunday school ideas to become the president of so great a company. He knows that shrewdness, diplomacy, deception, cunning and f rand count for more than honesty, frankness and uprightness in putting a man to the front.


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