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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 13, 1912, Image 13

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STRIKERS THINK COLD WAVE Wlli, FORCE ILLINOIS
CENTRAL TO HEED THEfR DEMANDS
Continued cold weather, heavy
snows and biting winds, with all
their discomfort and hardship,
are inspiring the striking shop
men on the Illinois Central with
high hopes of ultimate victory for
their federation, and stiffening
their courage for a fight to the
finish against the road.
According to officers of the
strikers,the inclement weather is
just what they desired, as they
claim that the already demoral
ized condition of the railroad's
rolling stock and motive power
is intensified, and schedules are
thrown into a chaotic state. Ac
cording to reports they are re
ceiving, dead and frozen engines
are numerous over the line, and
on the Harriman system through
the west, where the men are also
on strike, it is alleged that the
roads are practically paralyzed.
F. W. K,ramer, general secre
tary of the Blacksmiths' union,
declared that the courage of the
few men who had been pessimist
ic about success had been revived,
and they were now a unit for the
continuation of the strike. He
declared that the prospect of vic
tory was brighter than at any
time since the strike began.
Union watchers at the Burn
side shops of the Illinois Central
said today that many strikebreak
ers had 'deserted the company in
the past few days, claiming that
the shops were so cold as to be
.unbearable. These deserters said
that it was not only too cold to
work, but that they were unable
to sleep at night because of the
low temperature.
A circular letter sent to the
strikers' bearing the signature of
D. W. Roderick, former business
agent of the machinists of the I.
C, calling upon the men to return
to work and urging that their
cause was hopeless, has had no
effect upon the men, except to call
down their wrath upon the head .
of the writer, whom they brand
as a traitor. The consensus of
opinion among 'the union men is
that Roderick has aligned himr
self with the I. C, and is endeavoring-
to throw a scare into his
former associates. In support of
the contention that the circular
was inspired by the I. C, union,
leaders point out that it was datT
ed Dec. 25, but was not mailed
until Jan. 8. They say this indi
cates that either the letter was
censored by railroad officials;
thus delaying it, or was held un
til the road became so desperate
'because of the effect the strike
was having upon its freight and
passenger movements, as to re
sort to a last frantic effort to sap
the confidence of the men!
At yesterday's mass meeting
of the shopmen at Grand Cross
ing Roderick twas anathematized
and speakers declared that his let
ter, which reviewed strikes that
have long been history, as well as
the present struggle, was merely
a waste of postage on the part of
whoever sent it out. jytftrm
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