EPIDEMIC OF STRIKES
T. DeWitt Talmage
I Cor., 12: 21: "The eye cannot say to the hand I have no
need of thee."
Fifty thousand workmen in Chicago ceasing work
in one day; Brooklyn stunned by the attempt to halt
its railroad cars; Cleveland in the throes of a labor
agitation; and restlessness among toilers all over the
land have caused an epidemic of strikes; and some-
what to better things I apply the Pauline thought of
You have seen an elaborate piece of machinery
with a thousand wheels and a thousand bands and a
thousand pulleys all controlled by one great water-
wheel, the machinery so adjusted that when you jar
one part of it you jar all parts of it. Well, human
society is a great piece of mechanism controlled by
one great and ever-revolving force-the wheel of
God's providence. You harm one part of the ma-
chinery of society, and you harm all parts. All pro-
fessions interdependent. All trades interdependent.
All classes of people interdependent. Capital and la-
bor interdependent. No such thing as independence.
Dives cannot kick Lazarus without hurting his own
foot. They who threw Shadrach into the furnace got
their own bodies scorched. Or, to come back to the
figure of the text, what a strange thing it would be if
the eye should say, "I oversee the entire physical
mechanism. I despise the other members of the body.
If there is anything I am disgusted with it is with those
miserable. low-lived hands." Or, what if the hand
should say, "I am the boss workman of the whole
physical economy; I have no respect for the other
members of the body. If there is anything I despise
it is the eye seated under the dome of the forehead
doing nothing but look." I come in and wave the flag
of truce between these two contestants, and I say:
"The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of
That brings me to the first suggestion, and that is
that Labor and Capital are to be brought to a better
understanding by a ...
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