Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
It is expected that Senator Stanford's university will be opened in May, and that the President, Cabinet officers, and other men of influence will assist. The party will be taken to Yosemite hedged around carefully by Southern Pacific influences which support the monopoly's interest. Everything wrong will be explained away or as much as possible concealed. There will be no one who can and will show the truth. And by assiduous attentions the governing powers will be brought into the belief that all the critics of past management are liars or imbeciles, and the whole matter will be fixed up nicely to the monopoly's satisfaction. The knowledge of this scheme, which has been planned for a long time, has had much to do with my anxiety to see Mr. Noble start aright and before that visit. Should he persist in the soldier idea, I predict that another year will see the monopoly people more firmly in power than ever before and acting in a worse spirit than ever before, knowing that the last fight has been made against them. Ever since I took a hand in this contest, people of large experience have been telling me that I was wasting my time - injuring myself and without a prospect of the public being benefitted. I begin to believe in the soundness of that advice. The task of getting around the stumbling block of official perversity ought to be shunned by a person in 06357
1890 Dec 28
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