March 30, 1915

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Minimum wage is often an issue in American politics. Here is how the Capital Journal addressed the issue in a short editorial:

Australia, from which land come the patter for the ballot we now have as well as a good many other ideas that are common, has extended minimum wage legislation from six trades in 1896 to a hundred and forty-one trades today. That would seem to indicate that there must be something in it after all. It sometimes becomes necessary to compel some fellows to do at least so much in the way of doing unto others as he would be done by. If they can be forced to fifty percent of the gold rule conduct it’s something accomplished.


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