Baer

The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for, not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given control of the property interests of the country, and upon the successful Management of which so much depends.

Do not be discouraged. Pray earnestly that right may triumph, always remembering that the Lord God Omnipotent still reigns, and that His reign is one of law and order, and not of violence and crime.

George F. Baer (1842-1914), U.S. railroad magnate. Open letter to the press, August 1902, during the Pennsylvania miners' strike. A lawyer, Baer was close to J. P. Morgan. When Morgan gained control of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company in 1902, he placed Baer as its head. Baer was the leader of the Anthracite operators during the 1902 strike.

Press commentary between August 21 and August 30, 1902 called the letter blasphemy.
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