THURSDAY MORNING, July 12, 1917BUSINESS MEN PUT LOYALTY FIRST, WILSON STATEMENT
________ Asks Coal Owners to Put Profit Last
_______ ASSURES INTERESTS OF A SQUARE DEAL AND SAYS ALL MUST LINE UP IN THIS WAR, IF U.S. IS TO BE VICTORIOUS.
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, July 11. – President Wilson today appealed to the country’s business interests to put aside every selfish consideration and give aid to the nation as freely as those who go out to offer their lives on the battlefield, in a statement addressed to the coal operators and manufacturers. He gave assurances that just prices would be paid by the government and the public during the war but warned that operators not to attempt to extort big profits, which will not be tolerated.
“Let us never speak,” he said, “of patriotism and profits in the same sentence. I shall expect every man who is not a slacker to be at my side throughout this great enterprise. In it no man can win honor who thinks of himself.”
The president declared there must be but one price for the government and the public. He expressed confidence that business interests generally would be found loyal to the last degree.