Stead William Thomas - If Christ came to Chicago

Author : Stead William Thomas
Title : If Christ came to Chicago A plea for the union of all who love in the service of all who suffer
Year : 1894

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Preface to the British edition. Seventy tliousand copies of this volume were ordered in America before a single copy was issued from the press in Chicago. Owing to my refusal to allow any but Union labour to be employed in producing the book, the binders were at lirst unable to cope with the demand. But as I did not think that ' If Christ came to Chicago ' He would go to sweat shops for His printing, the public had to wait till the Union binderies overtook the demand. The opportune refusal of the American News Company and the Union News Company to handle the book until the Black List was cut out somewhat relieved the pressure. As the Companies possess an absolute monopoly of sale on all the railways in the United States, I cut out the list. I did this the more readily because the interest in the Black ' List was so strictly local to Chicago that I did not think it would be worth while reproducing it in the present Edition. The difficulty of meeting the American demand renders it impossible to procure copies from Chicago in time to suppl}' the Enghsh market. I have therefore reprinted it on this side ; and this volume, written in Chicago, printed in Edinburgh, and published in London, is typical of the unity of the English-speaking Avorld. ...

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