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Image 7 of The State College cadet, vol. 7, no. 6, March 1897

Part of The State College cadet

T THE CADET. ·3 , national capital ready and willing, like Esau of old, to i ·· . `sell their birthright for a mess of pottage. For years fl i r » they havebeen making laws so as to enable these modern l if Shylocks to take their pound of flesh from the breasts off i people, but now the people have come to demand an » accounting for the blood. Then again in our elections, when the majority for the victorious party is not large, » YQ the cry raised by the defeated minority is bribery and . T V fraud, and the ballot box, palladium of our liberties, · if taints of political corruption and dishonor. ` The effects socially are such as tend to array class against class and man against man. Set your . if embossed, cushioned, diamond studded ease and com- T fort along side of the pain and the weariness, the é is hunger and nakedness, the darkness and no hope of your { — neighbor. He beholds the splendid and sunlit lives of { _ your wife and your children. He finds himself com- I J pelled to eke out a miserable existence; he sees his wife ' a galley slave to a tub, his children the heirs of his own half-fed fate. Do you wonder that the contrast incites E 'V to anger and moves him to crime? Again the spectacle ` presented in many instances of great wealth notoriously l iili won by corrupt methods has undermined the very foun- 4 , dations of honesty. The consequences of the appropri- li · ration of the nation’s wealth by a few have made possible tl a policy of monopolizing the control and profits of the q industries of the country, never before even imagined as among the possible perils of society. The third effect has been upon industry and has been i to bring the wage earner more completely under the l 3 thumb of the employer. The small tradesman and _ manufacturers have quite as much to fear from monopo- l e lies as have the poorest class of laborers. As one after f another of the departments of business pass under the ; V control of the syndicate, the business men with moderate