The Bricklayer, mason and plasterer Volume 18

9781130780123: The Bricklayer, mason and plasterer Volume 18

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...the Pennsylvania Bankers' Association he criticized "full crew" laws for the protection of railroad laborers, and declared "railroads should be treated with justice." When Taft was a presiding judge in Cincinnati, twenty-five years ago, he issued one of the most drastic injunctions against the workers that ever emerged from a court of. law, and, judging from his public utterances, the leopard has not changed a spot since. If, in his public utterances, Mr. Taft has failed to torpedo amidships any labor laws, the newspaper have failed to tell us about it, as is their gentle custom. The fear that a few labor organizations will pull up the landmarks of freedom and bring about the downfall of this nation, may scare a few indolent but speechifying college professors like Taft, but the average man will not be alarmed by any such twaddle. ROMANCE AND PATHOS IN STATISTICS Statistics are the most interesting facts in the world. Some say they are the only absolute facts, and all else is merely deduction. At any rate statistics relate wonderful things. The United States Bureau of the Census has recently issued several sheets of figures upon the national wealth, and to many it may give a new idea of what wealth is. According to the report the wealth of this nation in 1912 amounted to $187,739,000,000, the share of each man, woman and child being estimated at $1,965. In pitiless figures it tells what was done and what was left undone; it speaks of the drones of society, the price of hogs, who has a corner on the coin of the realm, and what the farmers pay in taxes. As showing that this country is growing richer, this is highly encouraging, but what about the distribution of this vast wealth? The census bureau findings do not answer this question. Such...

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