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LINCOLN STEFFENS' LECTURE

Fight Against Graft Slow in This Country.--Labor is Awaiting an Efficient Leader.

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Mr. Lincoln Steffens delivered a lecture in the Union last evening on "The McNamara Dynamiters: Social Symptoms." Mr. Steffens pointed out that the problem of graft was the same in cities, states, or countries. Germany and England have advanced a great deal further in regard to checking graft than the United States and France. What has been done in Berlin certainly ought to be done in San Francisco, and there is absolutely no reason why it cannot be done. The trouble in this country is that there is a general fight against the labor problem instead of a desire to solve it. If America would become less pugilistic and more analytic there is no doubt but that the great problem of labor would become insignificantly simple. Then with labor simplified, graft and corruption would practically cease. All that labor is waiting for is a capable leader, from its own ranks, and when one is discovered America will follow on the heels of Germany and Great Britain, towards a great social reform.

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