The Peoples Voice (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, May 6, 1898 Page: 1 of 8
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The Peoples Voice
Is Competition Moral?
By«Jouu A. .Uuii ib, in flrniin' lo«>ii<wMtst.
'•. divided against itself
canno* stand," is both logical and
true, ami based upon the mathemat-
ical proposition of exact truth. To
illustrate: A partnership, which is
a relation of contract (the essence
of which is agreement) is formed, in
which two parties engage in selling
certain kinds of goods or cumin >d-
ities. One of them wants to do cer-
tain things in a certain wav; the
other in an entirely different way.
Because of disagreement partner-
ship no longer exists, and should
such disagreement continue to ex-
ist, the partnership becomes null
and void for want of agreement,
which is the basis of contract and
all contract relations.
Again, take the relation of mar-
riage. Marriage signifies a union
between two people; ami the sol-
emnization of the marriage between
the two is simply the recognition by
society of such union as had before
taken place in each heart through
their love for each other. "But,"
says Amos, (see bible) the "two can-
not wilk together except they be
agreed." In fact they walk very
much separately, for marriage does
not exist except there be agreement.
Again, take a trades union. Its
basis is harmony and unity.
When divisions and schisms,
jealousies and strifes enttr, it is no
longer a trades tfnion, but a trades-
division. Then, again, as to its
mathematical correctness. Divide
a unit into two equal parts; let them
be divided against each other, and
nothing remains. And the result is
that in the division of the unit the
unit no longer exists.
'I hus we see that our system of
competition is one of subtraction
and division, while the principle of
co-operation is one of addition and
According to a saying of the day,
"Competition is the life of trade."
This is a black and brutal lie. I'o
prove it to be a fact it must be
shown that two subtracted from two
leaves more than before such sub-
traction; that a housedivided against
itself is most able to stand securely
against the cyclones and hurricanes
and the violent tempests of the day;
and that disagreements in marital
life, instead of being productive
of family dissensions, disruptions
and divorce are productive of mu-
tual happiness and harmony.
" Competition is the life of trade."
Very well! Let those who will, be
seduced by this sophistical incanta-
tion, but I say unto you: Go to the
4,000,000 tramps now wandering
throughout the length and breadth
of the land; go to the mortgaged
homes of our great country, from
which men, women and children
are driven into the highways and
byways—the man and the boy to
become criminals upon the face of
the earth, the woman and the girl
to sink into lives of shame and deg-
radation; go to the coal mines of
Pennsylvania where the "waves of
prosperity" so much mouthed about
have been transformed into seas of
blood through helpless, defenseless
people being shot in the back by
cowardly assassins shielded and
sheltered under the full panoply and
protection of the law; go to the east-
ern factories that were to be opened
with such hysteric eagerness under a
prosperity manufacturing (?) admin-
istration; go to the sweat-shops of
the world and the slums of ourgrea t
cities and see our little children,
pinched and wan, overworked and
underfed, feeble in body and health,
through the lack of good and nutri-
tious food; go to the mercantile fail-
ures of the day that strew the land
with the corpses of the financi al
dead and ask each and all if "com-
petition is the life of trade!"
"A tree is known by its fruits"—
and these are the legitimate fruits of
competition. Go to the 83,000 now
in the jails of the United Slates of
America; go to the 185,000 in the
almshouses; go to the 500,000 pros-
NORMAN, CLEVELAND COUNTY, OKLAHOMA. FRIDAY, MAY y 18QS.
titutes in our country; go to the 83,-J strikers are on one side and the mi- j ure of personal militarism find a
000 persons annually killed by this j litia on the other. home among our free institutions,
inhuman system of a super refined 1 War is competition for supremacy jit is « step in the wrong direction, j
barbarity, many of whom are chil-Ion the field of battle through the use I —American Industries.
dren under five years of age, butch- j of weapons of destruction and death 1
ered, assassinated, murdered by that
which is the life of 19th century
trade; go to the 180,000 inmates of
our madhouses today; go to the
Competition is war in the rnercan
tile field of activity; a battle for su
premacy in the realm of commerce
|Or finance; a struggle for existence
t'lty Klrctlon. May 2,
4,000,000 infants who are compelled j in the labor marts of the world.
to work to help eke out a miserable
existence for themselves and pa-
rents; go to the 2,000 babes found
last year in New York city in ash-
barrels, alleywats, vaults, etc., etc.;
go to the dead and the dying; go to
the graves of our suicides, and there
while weeping tears of briny woe
ask each and all if "competition is
the life of trade!"
tor it is a fact that the colossal
Is competition moral? Is it holy?
Is a diseased body healthy? Is an
insane mind sound?
THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO.
1 heodore C. Knauff, who recently
made an extensive (non-political)
trip through Mexico, in a late lec-
ture describes the people of that
humbug which we call the system of I "' he p°puUti,,n of Vle,tico is
competition, "the best system that ab°U' ' wo-thirds have
the world ever saw, sir," is a tower
of babel rising into the domain of
anarchy builded and founded upon
the bending bones ot babes, the
bleaching skeletons and skulls of in-
fantile humanity—skulls that now
are whitening on the prairies of
nineteenth century commercialism; j
and our criminals, prostitutes, pau-
never slept in bed nor worn stock-
ings, and are able to live at a less
expense per diem than it takes to
keep the meanest cart horse. Many
of the inhabitants wear a single gar-
ment called a 'sarappe' or thick
woolen garment with a hole at the
top, through which the head is in-
This garment forms at the
Tolnl vote emit, 301. V >t« on truster*, 3AH;
•n marshal, i'.t; ou m-awirur, SIS; clerk, w?;
Jtuttuu 3.18; constable, 3X1.
pers, madmen and butchered babes, Same time the Mt:xican's coat> hati
:c ...and even his bed.
etc., and., are the sacrifices which w e
in our superstition and idolatry ren-
der unto the supreme object of our
worship, the golden calf of com-
"Competition is the life of trade!"
It is a black and utal lie! It is
the death of trade, the death of
honesty, of beauty, of virtue, of
truth, of morality, of life! It is the
death of childhood's most innocent
joys, of motherhood's purest chas-
tity, of fatherhood's grandest inspir-
ations! It is the death of all that
is noble and pure and excellent in
civilization; and in the curse of
"The feet are usually bare or
clothed in domestic sandals. The
women wear a kind of cotton shawl
over the head and shoulders called
a 'robosa.' The Mexican farm la-
borers' conditions are inferior to
those of the late slaves of our south-
ern states. Their huts have but one
opening, dirt floors, and no win-
dows. When wishing to go to bed,
they simply unroll their mats, and
without removing their clothing, lie
down and go to sleep. The laborer
has a certain wage and is given
time to build a house. If he does
greed it holds the world in pawn to "0t bu,ld il he has nothi"g to cover
a most ignoble concept. , his head. The houses are built by
.... (the people who live in them. S >m e
1 nrough this competitive struggle , ,, . , . ,
. of the houses are mu l roofed an I
for existence two great evils have ,u , 1 . 1
1 , „ . • . 1 . "lhers roofed by palm or banana
arisen which affect every individual . r. , ...
... ' leaves or some fiber that wil shed
member of society to a greater or
, 6 moisture when necessary.
less extent. Adulteration and pros- . , , , .„.
„ f , . . , Mexico is a land of millionaires
titution. For through the eating of , ,. .. ,
11, . , . , , , . , 5 for the land unevenly divided
adulterated food, the drinking «of ,. , „ ,
11..., , among the people. Out of the to-
adulterated liquors, the wearing of , 1 , (
• - ... , tal population of over twelve million
inferior and shoddy clothing we be- , . ,, . .
1; , j • • ■ , , 6>"'on people own all tne land, wit h
come diseased and injuriously af- n
, ,, , , ' . mlluence enough to avoid practi-
fected; and through the evils of '
... .... cally all taxation, which fa s on the
prostitution, sexual, physical, intel-1 .... . . , ,
i„„,, ,11 , . | poor. 1 here is no middle class,
lectual and moral, we become cor- ; n 1 .. ,
• 1 l j . ; so called. I he railroad, by which
rupt in our phvsical body, slaves ,
j . • . . one travels, passes through one es-
and hypocrites in our debauchery of i, , , , .
.i,„..„i,. ' Itatefora distance of eighty miles,
which enormous land property be-
longs to one individual. In another
place is an estate of 1,500,000 acres ,
another with 250,000.
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Sexual prostitution is what is usu-
ally called prostitution; physical
prostitution is the overworking of
the physical body; intellectual and
moral prostitution is what is gener-
ally termed hypocrisy. The intel-
lectual prostitutes are the journal-
ists, college professors and persons
of intellect who sell their brains for
hire to the advocacy of a supersti-
AS I OR S GIFT.
John Jacob Astor has been in
Washington during the week, and
accompanied by Secretary Bliss has
seen the president in reference to
tion which would damn and enslave j bis proposed gift to the United
the people. The moral prostitutes ; States government of a regiment of
of the day are more especially the
!'clergy," those white-tied gentle-
men who prefix "reverend" to their
names, who "steal the livery of everything."
heaven to serve the devil in." And : should make
artilery, or, rather, the entire equip
ment for such a command, and, to
put it in his own wordi, "including
Just why Mr. Astor
the government such
It was noticeable that when the
1st infantry left for the east, a Pull-
man palace car was reserved for the
officers, wherein they will have ev-
ery comfort. The " men" were
crowded together in ordinary cars
in which they'll have little comfort.
The officers get from $1,500 per
year, upwards. The men, for doing
much more disagreeable work, get
some i 13 a month. In war the bulk
of the fighting will be done by
the "men." If there is any glory
the officers will get the mosl of it;
the "men" will have their ears
tickled about election time by the
fulsome flattery of politicians seek-
ing their votes. If officers get killed
their widows will get pensions that
will maintain them as ladies; but
the widows of the "men" will get
from to fi2 a mi nth, which will
continue them in the ranks of
In the history of Footwear was there a chance to
buy SHOES at th: pricc we ask with the big ad-
vance in th: leather nnrket, and the advanced
price in the miking....We will sell you footwear at
a saving of 25 to 40 p:r cent, cheaper than any
other store in town; at the same time giving you
a selection of hundreds of pairs of UP-TO-DATE
Shoes for Lidies, Misses, Cnildren, Men and Boys.
LET GRAND LEADER BE YOUR HEADQUAR-
1 EftS. W; can save you tim: and m^ney, and
at sam: tim: give yoj perfcct satisfaction or no
At 50s a pair, Black Oxford Ties, patent
leather tip, coin toe, just the thing for comfort;
all sizes.*-* *
At $1.00, a very nice Shoe, Dongola leather,
patent tip; have same in button and lace; all sizes.
At $1.00 we have on our bargain counter
kid Oxford; former price $2.50«$3.00. Black and
tan odds and ends. Of course, they are not up-
to-date shoes, and can't give you all sizes. BU T
if you can be fitted here, it is a bargain.«r*nr
r.^,co * Grand Leader.
in my humble estimation the intel-j a gift, and just why he should see
lectual and moral prostitutes are far | the president about it, is not quite
worse than the merely sexual. I clear. We assume that the whole
Hut the climax of competition is people of the United States are
war! I he civilization of today is j fighting this war with Spain, and
under the reign of blood, the rule of , that this government is able to fur-
butchery; it is the era of brutality, nish and equip all the regiments
the air filled with thunder, discon- 1 necessary to assure the success of
tent and violence; and as long as j our arms, without the assistance of
corporation and monopoly - privi- j our multi millionaires in the way of
leges exist war will be. War is the gifts of regiments, "including every-
thing." How would it do for M r.
Astor to don one of the regular ar-
my uniforms, shoulder a gun, and
go to the front like any ordinary
citizen, and let the government
attend to its own business in its own
way. With the present vast increase
of our present military it would be
well to avoid such gifts as Mr. As-
tor's. This government is supposed
logical fruit of our competitive sys-
tem of industry.
Napoleon, the first butcher of his
time in Europe, said, "War is the
pastime of barbarians." Gen. Sher-
man said, "War is hell!"
In 1892 this "pastime of barbar-
ism,,' this "hell of war" was seen in
labor revolts in Berlin, Hanover,
Leipsic, Vienna and other cities; in
this country in armed conflicts in ! to be one of the whole people. It is
I ennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, : not well that anyone man should
Idaho and Wyoming; and every j own any one regiment. It would be
year brings us disturbances of this | well to kill this tendency at its very
character in which workingmen inception, and not let this new feat-
SHOUI.D LEVKN SPANISH.
So many women and girls are ta-
king up shorthand and typewriting
as a profession, that one fears th at
before very long the supply will be
greater than the demand. Let
those, however, who wish to make
sure of lucrative situuions in com-
mercial offices acquire a thorough
knowledge of French and Spanish,
so that they may be able to write
fluently, especially in the last-named
language, which is a necessity in
merchants' offices where there is
much correspondence with South
America and other places where
Spanish is spoken.—Ex.
THE DRUNK \RD BARRED.
Drunkenness today is deemed dis-
reputable in the very quarters where
only a little while ago it was looked
upon simply as a misfortune, writes
Edward VV. Bok, in the May Ladies'
Home Journal. Every line of busi-
ness shuts its doors absolutely to
the drunkard. It has no use for
for him. Business competition has
become so keen that only men
of steadiest habits can find employ-
ment. This fact the habitual in-
dulger in alcoholics has found out,
and the different "cure" establish-
ments for drunkards—and godsends
they are, too, to humanity—are to-
day filled with men who have come
to a realization of the changed con-
ditions. The man of steady habit s
is the man of the hour, and the
drunkard realizes this. In the so-
cial world the same thing is true.
The excessive indulgence of even a
few years ago would not be tolerated
at any dinner today. Society has
become intolerant of the behavior
which inevitably results from ex-
cessive indulgence in drinking, and
men realize this. It is bad manners
today to drink to excess. Good
taste is spreading.
Corn Bros, want a largo number of
fresh egga and will pay 71 c-jnts a
dozen for the same. 41 tf.
Of the war between the United States and Spain
may be heard tomorrow afternoon ; but you can
hear the artillery of the Famous Grocery thunder-
ing against the walls of high prices, at any time
you put your ear to the ground. The Famous is
loaded to the water line with the Best Line of
Groceries carried in Norman by any grocery
firm, and they don't ask any more for their goods
than other grocers ask for goods of inferior quality.
.*. Give us a trial and be convinced
Famous Grocery Co.,
Call and see them. Display room 2d floor; en-
trance in front.
Norman Lumber Co.
Jas D. Maguire is selling the L)eer-
ing1 Binder for $135 00 on two yeae*
time and for $12*i-tK) cash, and theao
prices are guaranteed, and should tfto
pi it'e be changed everyone who buysu
hinder now will receive the benefit, an
order a binder when the affent calls on
j you. You run no rink* whatever.
A Pointed Argument!
That kind of argument will bring
Spain to terms right off. That is
what most people think. No doubt
it will. If it doesn't, Spain will soon
learn that, that pointer is loaded with
hot stuff—the same stuff that made
too warm a reception for England in
George VVashington's time—also in
1812. VVe use the improved cash
rapid firing gun. With it we con-
vince all who examine our goods and
prices that we give, toe rocK bottom
prices. Come to see us and axamine
our Lawns and Spring Goods. Our
line of Shoes and Slippers is com
plete. Remember, Ladies' Shoes, 69
cents up. Just received, another lot
of Instruments—Violins, Mandolins,
Accordeons, Autoharps, etc. Strings
for the same, 3 and 4c, at the
NEW VORK. RACKET.
The agricultural department hu
sent aomrt "I nprnved Elite Kleinwana-
lebenrr Su^ar Beet" seed to A D.
Hiekok, who has left it at this ofB3o
for disiribulio 1 to tnose who <tro cur-
ious to expjriment with su^ar b :at
ralnink', free as Iona1 as tb"V last. Por
instructions as to raising, send to
He.erel.arv of Atrrleulture tti Washing-
ton for Parmer's Bulletin. No. 52.
A first-class mounted well drill.
will drill from 40 to 85 ft. a day. Will
sell for cash or on tuna with ifaod se-
curity. See Howarth & Fox, hox Ida
Parties having houses to rent would
do tue a favor by letting me know
about the sam3. Tnere are parties
coming to tn j and writing me nearly
every day, making inquiries about
houses to rent. Mauy teachers
throughout the territory are mining
arrangements to attend the summer
sem«st><r and want to secure houses.
If you have a vacant house or a house
that vou know will bo vacant soon,
let me know abaut it. D K. BOYD.
Pres. of Uiiiversity.
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