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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 08, 1911, Image 5

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L-C. STRIKERS HOLD BIG MASS MEETING SPEAKERS
SAY ROAD READY TO GIVE IN RAP PRESS
An enthusiastic mass meeting
of 1,200 men at Grand Crossing,
Turner hall, this morning, was
the answer of the striking mem
bers of the system federation on
the Illinois Central to recent
statements of the company that
the men were returning to work,
and that the shops had their full
complement of men.
President W. J. Kline of the In
ternational Blacksmiths, and
ofhe'r speakers scored the news
papers for 'perverting the facts to
the cost of the strikers, declared
the company was sending its
agents among the men and seek
ing to get them to return to work,
and counseled the; shopmen to
stand firm, as the road was in bad
straits, and would soon have to
give'ln.
"This strike is for a principle,"
said Mr. Kline, "and we're going
to win. System federation, is the
only way, and the way we will do
business in the future. The road
has to come-to our way of think
ing. The recent cold spell hit the
roads hard, and another will
about finish both the I. C. and
the Harriman lines. The claim
of the I. C. that it has 11,000
men at work is ridiculous on the
face of it. Onlyj8,000v men went
out, and there are not places for
11,000.
"The company is bending every
effort to break the strike. Only
the other day an emissary of the
officials came to me and indirect
ly told me that if I settled the
Strike I would be 'looked out for
This strike will be settled, but to
our satisfaction, and when it is it
will be settled on the I. C. and
Harriman lines at the same time.
We will not deal separately.
"The great danger is from the
misleading reports that are pub
lished. We have become con
vinced that the columns of the
newspapers are closed to us and
our interests. We cannot get our
side of the question before the
people in that way. Instead, mis
leading statements are published,
emanating from theToad,officials,
that the shops are running at full
strength. The only purpose of
this is to frighten you into return
ing to work to protect yo'ur jobs.
"The public is at last becoming
aroused to the true condition.
The business men want ro know
why they are not getting their
goods. They, are going to find
out. And when they do the)'- will
find we are in the right, and vnti)
support us. We are in better po
sition now than we have been at
any time since the strike began,
and I look for a settlement short
ly. And when it comes we will
have nothing to regret."
International Vice President A.
Hinzman of the Boilermakers' de
clared that it was practically im
possible for the I. C. or the Har-
riman lines to get new engines,
from the manufacturers because
of the strike in the American Lo
comotive works and the rush of
other business at the Baldwin
works.
He also said-that the actions o
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