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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 15, 1911, Image 14

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BIG" RAILROAD BATTLE FORECASTED 4FROM
FEDERATION OF LABOR CONVENTION HALL
X
1 BrW
Struggle on Harriman Lines May
z Spread Nation Wide Com
ment by The Day Book's Spe-.-
cial .Representative
By Max Hayes.
-' Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 15. Wfiile
the McNamara case is absorbing
, a large share of the attention jf
, aeiegates at ine
American Federa-
' tidn of Labor con
vention, the great
strike of shopmen
' on the Illinois Cen
tral and other Har
riman lines may
come up almost
"? any hour.
'President Kline
of the Brother-
hood ot tsiack- fa,
- smiths, -who 'is di-, . !
recting the fight-of the unions in
volved, aided by Presid'ent Franklin-of
the boilermakers, President
' O'Connell of the madhinists,(an'd
other official' are determined to
secure early action and an expres
sion of 'sentiment regarding1, the
syhipathies and financial"assist
ance that-tn&yjbe expected by-the
men on the -firing line.
i .Kline.is delivering some bl&ck
5 smith hammer blows " for his
' cause. He declares that the very
1 principle of system federation! is
at stake in the great struggle; on
' the Harriman -lines ;-4hat every
' organized- worker in the country
will directly or indirectly, be af-
i ectedthl-tfeMtsIdfith'&'ke; J
lax Hayes.
and that while the outcome for
success is bright, no chances will
be taken of losing for the warit of
adequate financial support.-
System federatfon on the rail
ways has-been going on quietly
for five years. Two years ago a
long strike, took place on "the
Canadian Pacific, which was com
promised, and since then organ
ization has gone forward rapidly.
" Therallrdad corporations xlaipi
that federation of employes tan-
not be tolerated because the
unions Tvotild, control the rail
ways and 'the public" would' be
made to suffer. The labor offi
cials.retort that the public is cotn
pelled to suffer now oh account
of the domination of the railway
magnates whty are weeping crofco
dilfe't&rs; and, that the ffederat&l
unions. 'would in reality assist in
prbtecting'the people.
"Manager Kruttschniitt has
made a wedding present of a mil
lion dollars-fo.'his daughter," said
President Kline today. "And
when we the -workers who have
helped tov;ehrich "Kruttschmitt
and'his plutocYatic-cabal, ask'foi
bread for our w$vesand children
they throwus a 'stone..
"Let Wali street and "its -votaries
r keep their ears to' the
ground. If these capitalists are
as kee'n sighted as they are credits '
ed they .know that a tremendous
revolutionary sentiment is sweepr
ing pver this, country. If they
continue to deny labor the same
right--to combine tbatttfer-

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