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Vol. l,No. 120 Chicago, Wednesday, Feb. .14, 1912 One Cent
GOMPERS AND A. F. OF L. CLEARED OF CONNECTION
WITH ALLEGED "DYNAMITE CONSPIRACY"
Thirty-six Officials of Iron Workers Arrested in Spectacular
"Round-Up" by Government.
Tust as the round-up
labor leaders whom the federal
government charges took part in
the dynamite conspiracy of the
McNamaras, began today, the
department of justice at Wash
ington fgave the American Fed
eration of Labor a clean bill of
There was-no quibbling about
the statement authorized by the
department. It was emphatic,
definite, and should end forever
the talk of "higher-ups" that the
enemies of labor have been so
free with lately.
Not only does the department
of justice admit that there are no
indictments against any Federa
tion official,, but it also admits
that not one iota of evidence
against any federation official
was produced before the grand
jury at Indianapolis.
For the rest, the "round-up"
was spectacular, and engineered
in such a way as to give the news
papers a full chance to play up
the "great conspiracy of labor."
It began at 4 o'clock this morn
ing. By this afternoon 38 men
had been arrested in different
parts of the United States. All
of them are charged with com
plicity in the "dynamite conspir
acy." When the thirty-eighth was ar
rested, District Attprney Miller
of Indianapolis said that only
about two-thirds of the men in
dicted were in custody.
There was no great surprise
about the men arrested. Th'ey
are those at whom the newspa
pers have been hinting for weeks,
with the exception that there, are
no "higher-ups" ofnhe American
Federation ctf Labor. The list o?
those arrested follows:
Frank M. Ryan, president of
the International Bridge and
Structural Iron Workers, home-in
Chicago, arrested at Indianapolis.
Richard R. Houlihan, financial
secretary, Chicago local of the
Iron Workers, arrested here.
James Cooney, business agent
of the Chicago local of the Iron
Workers, arrested here.
James Coughlin, member Chi
cago local of the Iron Workers.
William' Shoupe, former busi
ness agent of Chicago local of the
Iron Workers. ""
Minneapolis: Charles Beum,
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