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so favored by God should be so abused by man, for with peace, order and
a just administration of the government, Mexico and her sister
republics, he felt sure, would take a high place in the esteem of the
world. He also said that he had carefully investigated conditions, knew
where the trouble lay, and felt sure that the mass of people would
welcome a change from the unbearable existing conditions. The country
was then, and had been for centuries, wrongfully governed by a
bureaucracy, and he declared his belief that the Mexican people as a
whole believed that the Americans would give them a greater measure of
freedom and protection than they had ever known before.

Dru further told General Benevides that his army represented about all
there was of opposition to America's offer of order and liberty, and he
asked him to accept the inevitable, and not sacrifice the lives of the
brave men in both commands.

Benevides heard him with cold but polite silence.

"You do not understand us, Senor Dru, nor that which we represent. We
would rather die or be driven into exile than permit you to arrange our
internal affairs as you suggest. There are a few families who have
ruled Mexico since the first Spanish occupation, and we will not
relinquish our hold until compelled to do so. At times a Juarez or a
Diaz has attained to the Presidency, but we, the great families, have
been the power behind each administration. The peons and canaille that
you would educate and make our political equals, are now where they
rightfully belong, and your endeavors in their behalf are misplaced and
can have no result except disaster to them. Your great Lincoln
emancipated many millions of blacks, and they were afterwards given the
franchise and equal rights. But can they exercise that franchise, and
have they equal rights? You know they have not. You have placed them in
a worse position than they were before. You have opened a door of hope
that the laws of nature forbid them to enter. So it would be here. Your
theories and your high flown sentiment do you great credit, but,
illustrious Senor, read the pages of your own history, and do not try to
make the same mistake again. Many centuries ago the all knowing Christ
advised the plucking of the mote from thine own eye before attempting to
remove it from that of thy brother."

To this Dru replied: "Your criticism of us is only partly just. We
lifted the yoke from the black man's neck, but we went too fast in our
zeal for his welfare. However, we have taken him out of a boundless
swamp where under the old conditions he must have wandered for all time
without hope, and we have placed his feet upon firm ground, and are
leading him with helping hands along the road of opportunity.

"That, though, Mr. President, is only a part of our mission to you. Our
citizens and those of other countries have placed in your Republic vast
sums for its development, trusting to your treaty guarantees, and they
feel much concern over their inability to operate their properties, not
only to the advantage of your people, but to those to whom they belong.
We of Western Europe and the United States have our own theories as to
the functions of government, theories that perhaps you fail to
appreciate, but we feel we must not only observe them ourselves, but try
and persuade others to do likewise.

"One of these ideas is the maintenance of order, so that when our
hospitable neighbors visit us, they may feel as to their persons and
property, as safe as if they were at home.

"I am afraid our views are wide apart," concluded Dru, "and I say it
with deep regret, for I wish we might arrive at an understanding without
a clash at arms. I assure you that my visit to you is not selfish; it is
not to acquire territory or for the aggrandizement of either myself or
my country, but it is to do the work that we feel must be done, and
which you refuse to do."

"Senor Dru," answered Benevides, "it has been a pleasure to meet you and
discuss the ethics of government, but even were I willing to listen to
your proposals, my army and adherents would not, so there is nothing we
can do except to finish our argument upon the field of battle."

The interview was therefore fruitless, but Dru felt that he had done his
duty, and he prepared for the morrow's conflict with a less heavy heart.



In the numbers engaged, in the duration and in the loss of life, the
battle of La Tuna was not important, but its effect upon Mexico and the
Central American Republics was epoch making.

The manner of attack was characteristic of Dru's methods. His interview
with General Benevides had ended at noon, and word soon ran through the
camp that peace negotiations had failed with the result that the army
was immediately on the alert and eager for action. Dru did not attempt
to stop the rumor that the engagement would occur at dawn the next day.
By dusk every man was in readiness, but they did not have to wait until
morning, for as soon as supper was eaten, to the surprise of everyone,
word came to make ready for action and march upon the enemy. Of Dru's
sixty thousand men, twenty thousand were cavalry, and these he sent to
attack the Mexican rear. They were ordered to move quietly so as to get
as near to the enemy as possible before being discovered.

It was not long before the Mexican outposts heard the marching of men
and the rumble of gun carriages. This was reported to General Benevides
and he rode rapidly to his front. A general engagement at nightfall was
so unusual that he could not believe the movement meant anything more
than General Dru's intention to draw nearer, so that he could attack in
the morning at closer range.

It was a clear starlight night, and with the aid of his glasses he could
see the dark line coming steadily on. He was almost in a state of panic
when he realized that a general attack was intended. He rode back
through his lines giving orders in an excited and irregular way. There
was hurry and confusion everywhere, and he found it difficult to get his
soldiers to understand that a battle was imminent. Those in front were
looking with a feeling akin to awe at that solid dark line that was ever
coming nearer. The Mexicans soon began to fire from behind the
breastworks that had been hastily erected during the few days the armies
had been facing one another, but the shots went wild, doing but slight
damage in the American ranks. Then came the order from Dru to charge,
and with it came the Yankee yell. It was indeed no battle at all. By the
time the Americans reached the earthworks, the Mexicans were in flight,
and when the cavalry began charging the rear, the rout was completed.

In the battle of La Tuna, General Benevides proved himself worthy of his
lineage. No general could have done more to rally his troops, or have
been more indifferent to danger. He scorned to turn his back upon an
enemy, and while trying to rally his scattered forces, he was captured,
badly wounded.

Every attention worthy his position was shown the wounded man. Proud and
chivalrous as any of his race, he was deeply humiliated at the miserable
failure that had been made to repell the invaders of his country, though
keenly touched by the consideration and courtesy shown him by the
American General.

Dru made no spectacular entrance into the city, but remained outside and
sent one of his staff with a sufficient force to maintain order. In an
address announcing his intentions towards Mexico and her allies, Dru
said - "It is not our purpose to annex your country or any part of it,
nor shall we demand any indemnity as the result of victory further than
the payment of the actual cost of the war and the maintenance of the
American troops while order is being restored. But in the future, our
flag is to be your flag, and you are to be directly under the protection
of the United States. It is our purpose to give to your people the
benefits of the most enlightened educational system, so that they may
become fitted for the responsibilities of self-government. There will
also be an equitable plan worked out by which the land now owned by a
few will be owned by the many. In another generation, this beautiful
land will be teeming with an educated, prosperous and contented people,
who will regard the battlefield of La Tuna as the birthplace of their

"Above all things, there shall not be thrust upon the Mexican people a
carpet-bag government. Citizens of Mexico are to enforce the
reconstructed constitution and laws, and maintain order with native
troops, although under the protecting arm of the United States.

"All custom duties are to be abolished excepting those uniform tariffs
that the nations of the world have agreed upon for revenue purposes, and
which in no way restrict the freedom of trade. It is our further purpose
to have a constitution prepared under the direction and advice of your
most patriotic and wisest men, and which, while modern to the last
degree, will conform to your habits and customs.

"However," he said in conclusion, "it is our purpose to take the most
drastic measures against revolutionists, bandits and other disturbers
of the peace."

While Dru did not then indicate it, he had in mind the amalgamation of
Mexico and the Central American Republics into one government, even
though separate states were maintained.



Seven years had passed since Philip Dru had assumed the administration
of the Republic. Seven years of serious work and heavy responsibility.
His tenure of power was about to close, to close amidst the plaudits of
a triumphant democracy. A Congress and a President had just been
elected, and they were soon to assume the functions of government. For
four years the States had been running along smoothly and happily under
their new constitutions and laws. The courts as modified and adjusted
were meeting every expectation, and had justified the change. The
revenues, under the new system of taxation, were ample, the taxes were
not oppressive, and the people had quickly learned the value of knowing
how much and for what they were paying. This, perhaps, more than any
other thing, had awakened their interest in public affairs.

The governments, both state and national, were being administered by
able, well-paid men who were spurred by the sense of responsibility, and
by the knowledge that their constituents were alert and keenly
interested in the result of their endeavors.

Some of the recommendations of the many commissions had been modified
and others adjusted to suit local conditions, but as a whole there was a
general uniformity of statutes throughout the Union, and there was no
conflict of laws between the states and the general government.

By negotiations, by purchase and by allowing other powers ample coaling
stations along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the Bahamas, Bermuda
and the British, French and Danish West Indies were under American
protection, and "Old Glory" was the undisputed emblem of authority in
the northern half of the Western Hemisphere.

Foreign and domestic affairs were in so satisfactory a condition that
the army had been reduced to two hundred thousand men, and these were
broadly scattered from the Arctic Sea to the Canal at Panama. Since the
flag was so widely flung, that number was fixed as the minimum to be
maintained. In reducing the army, Dru had shown his confidence in the
loyalty of the people to him and their satisfaction with the government
given them.

Quickened by non-restrictive laws, the Merchant Marine of the United
States had increased by leaps and bounds, until its tonnage was
sufficient for its own carrying trade and a part of that of other

The American Navy at the close of Philip Dru's wise administration was
second only to that of England, and together the two great English
speaking nations held in their keeping the peace and commercial freedom
of the Seven Seas.



In the years since he had graduated from West Point General Dru had
learned to speak German, French and Spanish fluently, and he was
learning with Gloria the language of the Slavs at odd moments during the
closing months of his administration. Gloria wondered why he was so
intent upon learning this language, and why he wanted her also to know
it, but she no longer questioned him, for experience had taught her that
he would tell her when he was ready for her to know.

His labors were materially lightened in these closing months, and as
the time for his retirement drew near, he saw more and more of Gloria.
Discarding the conventions, they took long rides together, and more
frequently they took a few camp utensils, and cooked their mid-day meal
in the woods. How glad Gloria was to see the pleasure these excursions
gave him! No man of his age, perhaps of any age, she thought, had ever
been under the strain of so heavy a responsibility, or had acquitted
himself so well. She, who knew him best, had never seen him shirk his
duty, nor try to lay his own responsibilities upon another's shoulders.
In the hours of peril to himself and to his cause he had never faltered.
When there was a miscarriage of his orders or his plans, no word of
blame came from him if the effort was loyal and the unhappy agent had
given all of his energy and ability.

He had met every situation with the fortitude that knows no fear, and
with a wisdom that would cause him to be remembered as long as history

And now his life's work was done. How happy she was! If he did not love
her, she knew he loved no one else, for never had she known him to be
more than politely pleasant to other women.

One golden autumn day, they motored far into the hills to the west of
Washington. They camped upon a mighty cliff towering high above the
Potomac. What pleasure they had preparing their simple meal! It was hard
for Gloria to realize that this lighthearted boy was the serious
statesman and soldier of yesterday. When they had finished they sat in
the warm sunshine on the cliff's edge. The gleaming river followed its
devious course far below them, parting the wooded hills in the distance.
The evening of the year had come, and forest and field had been touched
by the Master's hand. For a long time they sat silent under the spell
that nature had thrown around them.

"I find it essential for the country's good to leave it for awhile,
perhaps forever," said Philip Dru. "Already a large majority of the
newly elected House have asked me to become the Executive. If I
accepted, there would be those who would believe that in a little while,
I would again assume autocratic control. I would be a constant menace
to my country if I remained within it.

"I have given to the people the best service of which I was capable, and
they know and appreciate it. Now I can serve them again by freeing them
from the shadow of my presence and my name. I shall go to some obscure
portion of the world where I cannot be found and importuned to return.

"There is at San Francisco a queenly sailing craft, manned and
provisioned for a long voyage. She is waiting to carry me to the world's
end if needs be."

Then Philip took Gloria's unresisting hand, and said, "My beloved, will
you come with me in my exile? I have loved you since the day that you
came into my life, and you can never know how I have longed for the hour
to come when I would be able to tell you so. Come with me, dear heart,
into this unknown land and make it glad for me. Come because I am
drunken with love of you and cannot go alone. Come so that the days may
be flooded with joy and at night the stars may sing to me because you
are there. Come, sweet Gloria, come with me."

Happy Gloria! Happy Philip! She did not answer him. What need was there?
How long they sat neither knew, but the sun was far in the west and was
sending its crimson tide over an enchanted land when the lovers came
back to earth.

* * * * *

Far out upon the waters of San Francisco Bay lay the graceful yet sturdy
_Eaglet_. The wind had freshened, the sails were filled, and she
was going swift as a gull through the Golden Gate into a shimmering sea.

A multitude of friends, and those that wished them well, had gathered on
the water front and upon the surrounding hills to bid farewell to Philip
Dru and his bride Gloria.

They watched in silent sadness as long as they could see the ship's
silhouette against the western sky, and until it faded into the splendid
waste of the Pacific.

Where were they bound? Would they return? These were the questions asked
by all, but to which none could give answer.




_(Governor-General of Canada,_ 1904-11.)

_One of the ablest champions of Co-partnership as a solution of the
industrial problem is Earl Grey._

_Below are some remarkable passages from his presidential address to the
Labor Co-partnership Association._

The problem before us is how to organize our industry on lines the
fairness of which will be generally admitted. Fairplay is the keynote
of our British character, and I am satisfied, if employers and employed
are properly approached, that wherever a feeling of mutual sympathetic
regard exists between them they will both be prepared to consider
fairly and to meet fully each other's requirements. This is the belief
on which we build our hopes of the future greatness of this country.
Remove this belief and the outlook is one of blackest gloom.

Now what is the cause of the wide feeling of labor unrest? At the same
time, while the average standard of living, as a result of better
education, has been considerably raised and the retail prices of food
have risen 9.3 per cent. since 1900, wages in that period have only
risen 3 per cent. Consequently the manual workers find themselves in
straitened, pinched, and most distressing circumstances. Their
difficulties have naturally given birth to a general belief, or at any
rate added strength to it, that they are not receiving their fair share
of the wealth their labor has helped so largely to create. Now, whether
this belief is justified or not, there can be no doubt of its existence.


The great fact with which we are confronted in the industries of to-day
is that labor and capital are organized not in one but in opposing
camps, with the object not so much of promoting the common well-being
of all connected with industry as of securing whatever advantage can be
obtained in the prosecution of their common industry for themselves. The
members of each camp consequently regard each other with distrust and
suspicion. The capitalist is inclined to give the minimum that is
necessary to secure the labor which he requires, and the worker in
return considers that all that should be required from him is the
minimum of labor which will save him from dismissal.

Then not only have we to consider the limiting effect on the efficiency
of industry caused by the fact that capital and labor are ranged not in
one but in opposing camps, but we have also to consider the effect on
the attitude of the men towards the management caused by the growing
tendency of the small business to be swallowed up by the large combine.
In such cases the old feeling of mutual affection, confidence, and
esteem, which in the past bound together employer and employed, has been
destroyed, and it must be obvious that unless we can adopt methods which
will restore in a new, and perhaps in a more satisfactory manner, the
old spirit the efficiency of industry and the prosperity of the nation
will both suffer.

If you alter one part of any bit of machinery you must readjust all the
other parts in order to secure smooth working, and if by substituting
big businesses for small businesses you destroy the old intimate
connection which formerly existed between masters and men, it would
appear to be necessary, if you wish to maintain the old friendly
relations between employer and employed, that you should establish your
business on lines which will automatically create a feeling of loyalty
on the part of all concerned to the industry with which they are

How is that to be done? By co-partnership.

Now, what is the ideal of co-partnership?

Ideal co-partnership is a system under which worker and consumer shall
share with capitalists in the profits of industry.


Under our present system the whole of the surplus profits go to capital,
and it is the object of capital to give the worker the least wage for
which he will consent to work, and to charge the consumer the highest
price which he can be persuaded to give; conversely it is the object of
labor to give as little as possible for the wage received.

Now, that is a system which cannot possibly satisfy the requirements of
a civilized and well-organized society. What we want is a system which
will safeguard the consumer, and also provide the worker with a
natural, self-compelling inducement to help the industry with which he
is connected. That system is provided by co-partnership. Co-partnership
insists that the workers have a right to participate in the net profits
that may remain after capital has received its fixed reward. In a
co-partnership business, just as the reward of labor is fixed by the trade
union rate of wages, so the reward of capital is fixed by the amount
which it is necessary for the industry to give. That amount will vary
corresponding with the security of the risk attending the industry in
question. If the industry is a safe one, it will be able to obtain the
capital required by giving a small interest; if the industry is a risky
one, it will be necessary to offer capital better terms.

Then, if there should be surplus profits available for division after
labor has received its fixed reward - viz., trade union rate of
wages - and after capital has received its fixed reward - viz., the rate of
interest agreed upon as the fair remuneration of capital; I say if,
after these two initial charges have been met, there should still be
left surplus profits to distribute, that instead of their going
exclusively to capital they should be distributed between labor and
capital on some principle of equity.

The way in which the principle of co-partnership can be supplied to
industrial enterprise admits of infinite variety. In some cases the
surplus profits are divided between wages, interest, and custom, in some
cases between wages and custom without any share going to interest, and
on some cases between wages and interest.

As an example of a co-partnership industry which divides all surplus
profits that may remain after 5 per cent. has been paid on capital
between custom and labor, one pound of purchase counting for as much in
the division as one pound of wage, let me refer to the well-known Hebden
Bridge Fustian Works. I commend to all interested in co-partnership
questions a close study of this industry. Started by working men in
1870, it has built up on lines of permanent success a flourishing
business, and is making sufficient profits to enable it to divide 9d. in
the pound on trade union rate of wages and the same amount on purchases.
The steady progress of this manufacturing industry over a period of
forty-two years; the recognition by trade unionist management of the
right of capital to receive an annual dividend of 5 per cent., and the
resolute way in which they have written down the capital of £44,300
invested in land, buildings and machinery to £14,800, notwithstanding
that a less conservative policy would have increased the sum available
for bonus to wages, all go to show how practicable are co-partnership
principles when they are applied by all concerned to productive
enterprise in the right spirit.


I should also like to refer to Mr. Thompson's woolen mills of
Huddersfield, established in 1886, as another brilliant example of
successful co-partnership. It is frequently stated that in an industry
where men are paid by piecework or share in the profits there is a
tendency for the men to over-exert themselves. Well, in the Thompson
Huddersfield mills there is no piecework, no overtime, only the weekly
wage; no driving is allowed. The hours of labor are limited to forty-eight
per week. The workers are given a whole week's holiday in August,
and in addition they enjoy the benefits of a non-contributory sick and

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