THE PULL OF THE MILLS
WITH delightful frankness New Englanders have been charged in these pages with scuttling the craft which carried their promising fortunes. It is true that I have exculpated from all blame the vigorous men who laid the foundations of her ever-expanding industries which have been the medium of Yankee undoing. They were capable and daring besides being mentally alive. If it were given to men to wisely direct the happenings of two or three generations ahead, these talented individuals would have qualified. As it was although they could not or did not foresee developments, they showed an almost eery appreciation of the fact that industry could not move forward without having due regard to political and social conditions. Their reputations therefore must be tenderly handled, although there is no question but that they unwittingly gave the impulse to the movement which has brought wealth and the evil consequences which accompany wealth into New England.