| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Edgar Lee Masters (18691950)|
|QUOTATION:||Beware of the man who rises to power|
From one suspender.
|ATTRIBUTION:||EDGAR LEE MASTERS, John Hancock Otis, Spoon River Anthology, p. 123 (1915, reprinted 1916).|
In this poem, the rich John Hancock Otis describes a man born in a shanty and beginning life as a water carrier
then section hand
who rose to the superintendency of the railroad as a veritable slave driver, grinding the faces of labor, and a bitter enemy of democracy.
|WORKS:||Edgar Lee Masters Collection|