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Vol. 1, No. 58 Chicago, Monday, Dec. 1911
THE FUTURE OF TRADES UNIONISM
The McNamara Confession May Be a Blessing in Dis
guise Labor's Eyes Opened to the Truth Now Let
f Trades Unionism Set Its House in Order.
There is nothing in the McNamara confession to seriously dis
turb any honest unionist about the tuture of trades unionism.
To many, undoubtedly, it came at first like a sudden smash
between the eyes. It was so unexpected, so" startling to those who
had been contributing to the defense fund in the absolute conviction
that the McNamaras were innocent, and were being railroaded by
organized and .militant capitalism as part of the general war on
trades unionism. " ...
It was not surprising that most unionists believed this. It
'.seemed like the Moyer-Haywood case, all over again, with the kid
naping, the betrayal -by McManigal, who was looked upon as a
second Harry. Orchard, and the general frame-up.
And honest 'unionists expected the case against the McNamaras!
to fall to pieces as did the case against Moyer and Haywood.
It appears, now that the curtain has been drawn aside, that the
. lawyers knew. But-the rank and file of unionists did not-know.
They had only the past to go, by, and the seemingly sincere pro
fession o"f innocence of the McNamaras ringing in their eais.
When the truth came out honest labor felt outiaged, for it
knew it had beenduped and by its friends.And it-felt that Cap-
-italismThad'won ar signal "victory in the gfeajTwar. They actually
- feared it 'might spell defeat for unionism and THEY KNEW
.THAT. MEANT? SLAVERY. -
It was only human that some unionists looked for a goat upon
which to spill their 'bitterness. And they turned upon Darrow and
-the lawyers who knew that the McNamaras were- guilty, yet kept
the truth-from the thousands who willingly contributed to the de
. Men are calmer now, however. They have had a chance to cool
qff, and to think. And the sincere unionist can look into the future
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