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innocent, I want their innocence
Frank J. Hayes, vice-president
of the United Mine Workers:
"Organized labor does not at
tempt to justify crime, but it is
fair to presume all men innocent
until proven guilty."
Frank J. Ryan', president of the
Iron Workers, and best known
of the men indicted, issued a
statement protesting lhis in
"I desire to say to the public,
and for the satisfaction of my
friends both in the union and out
side union circles, that I am in
nocent of knowingly violating
any law of the United States or
any law of any state in the union.
I have no fear of a trial.
SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD
KNOW REASON WHY
Washington, Feb. 15. "The
people should demand to know
why the army is a political ad
junct of the presidency."
Thus Representative Helm
chairman, of the House Commit
tee, which has been investigating
the Ray army scandal, today.
Helm was very bitter. He said
the "War Department has gone
into politics", and that President
Taft should be condemned by
every honest man for what part
he had in shielding Major Beech
er B. Ray from court martial.
"Men of no morals have been
inplaced in the army because they
helped elect a president, or be
cause they could swing votes,"
, "The most serious feature oi
the Ray case is that it shows poli
ticians have received 'appoint
ments in the mosf vital divisions
of the service. President Taft,
'whitewashed' Ray, on three oo
Major Ray's clerk, whose name
is shielded, wrote to Deputy,
Paymaster-General Col. Downey
making certain charges against
These charges were that Ray,
had forced the clerk's wife on sev
eral occsaoins to be intimate with
.him, threatening that if she did
not do so, he would have her hus
"Within the last few days, "the
clerk's letter says, "something . . .
forced me to the belief that there
was something wrong. Last night
I had an all night talk with my
wife and she confessed she had
been intimate with Major Ray on
"I was the only friend Major
Ray had during his trouble in
Manila. Mrs. and I have
nursed both he and Mrs. Ray dur
ing illness. You can see readily
that my daily association with
Major Ray is almost unbearable.
Every time I look him in the face
I want to kill him."
The House Committee of whicli
Helm is chairman is investigat
ing the report that the reason
Taft and others protected Rayt
was that Ray was a "political officer."
Dr. Wiley says everyone ought
to live93 years. What! Tn this
trust-ridden age? Please de