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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1911, Image 2

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Far-seeing unionists can begin-to view this seeming calamity
as A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.
Had the 'trial proceeded, a'ndHhe McNamaras been convicted,
many thousands of honest unionists would have still believed that it
was a frame-up, and that the McNamaras wee innocent martyrs
to labor's cause, railroaded to the gallows on perjured testimony.
And the class feeling would have been more deadly than it is
now.
Had the McNamaras been acquitted, they would have been
heioes in the eyes of labor, even though the McNamaras and their
confederates themselves knew they were guilty. And that kind of
fighting would have gone on, emboldened by acquittal. The dyna
miters in labor's ranks would have continued in leadership until
FINALLY SOME GREATER CATASTROPHE WOULD
HAVE EXPOSED THEM, AND WROUGHT EVEN MORE
SERIOUS INJURY TO THE CAUSE.
AS IT IS, LABOR KNOWS THE TRUTH. THAT
KNOWLEDGE IS WORTH ALL IT COST IN DEFENSE
'FUND. FOR NOW LEADERS WHO FJGHT WITH DYNA
MITE WILL HAVE TO MAKE WAY FOR' LEADERS WHO
REALLY REPRESENT THE HONEST RANK AND FILE OF
UNIONISM.
As for Darnpw, he will probably be misunderstood. In time,
however, men may come to understand that he did the only thing
he could do in he dual capacity of a friend of'unionism and an at
torney for the guilty McNamaras..
Once he accepted service as attorney for the McNama'ras, he
was in honor "bound to protect his clients. He could not tell his
union friends that his clients were guilty, without letting the world
lenow. Therefore, he had to sit silent while they contributed to the
defense fund. v
If the case went to trial and the McNamaras were convicted,
then both they and labor would suffer in spite of anything that Dar
iow could do.
When he became convinced that nothing would prevent con
viction of his guilty clients, he did what he could to save their necks,
and at the same time did the best thing that could, be done for
honest trades unionism.
BUT TRADES UNIONISM HAS BEFORE IT NOW
MORE VITAL PROBLEMS THAN THE- FATE OF AN IN
DIVIDUAL. .
IN OUR JUDGMENT HONEST TRADED UNIONISM
WILL NOT SUFFER PERMANENTLY FROM THIS BE
TRAYAL. ON THE CONTRARY, WJErBELJEVE.iT WILL

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