said, “never brought up; they were dragged up.”
They never had any fair chance; they were starved in body and mind.
It is like a chain weak in one link; the moment temptation came, it went over.
Now, just so long as you hold two thirds of this nation on a narrow, superficial line, you feed the criminal classes.
Any man that wants to grapple with the Labor Question
must know how you will secure a fair division of production.
No man answers that question.
I hail the Labor movement for two reasons; and one is, that it is my only hope for democracy.
At the time of the Antislavery agitation, I was not sure whether we should come out of the struggle with one republic or two; but republics 1 knew we should still be. I am not so confident, indeed, that we shall come out of this storm as a republic, unless the Labor movement succeeds.
Take a power like the Pennsylvania Central Railroad and the New York Central Railroad, and there is no legislative independence that can exist in its sight.
As well expect a green vine to flourish in a dark cellar as to expect honesty to exist under the shadow of those upastrees.
Unless there is a power in your movement, industrially and politically, the last knell of democratic liberty in this Union is struck; for as I said, there is no power in one State to resist such a giant as the Pennsylvania
We have thirty-eight one-horse legislatures in this country; and we have got a man like Tom Scott
, with three hundred and fifty million dollars in his hands; and, if he walks through the States, they have no power.
Why, he need not move at all. If he smokes, as Grant
does, a puff of the waste smoke out of his mouth upsets the legislature.
Now, there is nothing but the rallying of men against money that can contest with that power.