if you will; rally for eight hours, for a little division of profits, for co-operation; rally for such a banking-power in the government as would give us money at three per cent.
Only organize, and stand together.
Claim something together, and at once; let the nation hear a united demand from the laboring voice, and then, when you have got that, go on after another; but get something.
I say, let the debts of the country be paid, abolish the banks, and let the government lend every Illinois
farmer (if he wants it), who is now borrowing money at ten per cent, money on the half-value of his land at three per cent. The same policy that gave a million acres to the Pacific Railroad, because it was a great national effort, will allow of our lending Chicago
twenty millions of money, at three per cent, to rebuild it.
to New Orleans, from Mobile
, from Baltimore
to St. Louis
, we have now but one purpose; and that is, having driven all other political questions out of the arena, having abolished slavery, the only question left is labor,--the relations of capital and labor.
The night before Charles Sumner
the last time, he said to me, “I have just one more thing to do for the negro,--to carry the Civil Rights Bill
; and after that is passed, I shall be at liberty to take up the question of labor.”
Now, one word in conclusion.
If you do your duty, -and by that I mean standing together and being true to each other,--the Presidental election you will decide, every State election you may decide if you please.
If you want power in this country; if you want to make yourselves felt; if you do not want your children to wait long years before they have the bread on the table they ought to have, the leisure in their lives they ought to have, the opportunities in life they ought to