Mr. Gompers' eloquent remarks at the Harvard Union recently were calculated to convey the impression to the minds of young men that large number of people are out of work because of some opposition or discrimination against them--because of some "bitter antagonism against the poor devils who work and give service to society." These are his words. Mr. Gompers was vouched for by his distinguished introducer, Professor Ripley, as "a great leader of men and a great lover of his country." We are glad to think that he is both. But as a leader and a patriot, would it not be better for him to abandon these generalities about "bitter antagonism" and that sort of thing, and present some specific cases where the workers are being discriminated against? Perhaps he intends to do that in citing the defence of the principle of the open shop by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Erectors' Association as an aggression against workers; but in this matter he deals too in useless generalities only, alleging that the "open shop" advocacy is a means toward "re-establishing a condition of serfdom among the great masses of the toilers of American. It would seem that when Mr. Gompers, as a leader and a lover of his country, comes before a body of college men to defend the principle of the closed shop, he should be more careful of his facts. Boston Transcript.
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