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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1912, Image 5

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INTERESTING LOCAL NEWS ITEMS
The street car men's union yes-'
terday sent Mayor Carter H.
Harrjson a telegram asking him
to" use his influence to prevent a
strike"!
Harrison never answered that
telegram. He didn't even have
the decency to acknowledge its
receipt.
Instead, he wired his boss, An
iy Lawrence, the Hearst publish
er, that he would return to Chi
cago "whenever needed."
The American translated
"whenever needed" to mean
"whenever sent for" by Andy
Lawrence.
Probably this translation is
correct. It is becoming daily
more evident that our mayor acts
only when Andy Lawrence pulls
the string.
Still most people would have
thought Harrison would have had
the decency to answer the appeal
of 13,000 citizens of the city -of
which he is supposed to be mayor.
And surely no one would have
suspected he would insult those
13,000 citizens by wiring their
answer to the greatest .enemy of
organized labor in the city.
Evidently Harrison is more of
a puppet in the hands of Andy
Lawrence than most people imag
ined. r
The probability of a strike
grows stronger every hour The
companies seem determined not
to give way an inch to the men.
And if the companies will not
give way, it, means a strike, oneof
the greatest t r a nsoortation
strikes in history.
It will be a strike that will hurt
every citizen and every business
interest of Chicago.
There will be a mass meeting
of the union car men at Belmont
park Saturday night.
Unless the companies show an
inclination to arbitrate before
then, the men probably will vote
to strike immediately.
The County Traction Co. has
revoked its lockout order, posted
in its barns a week ago.
Pres.Schmitzof of the County
Traction has agreed to a confer
ence with Division 241 of the
union on a wage scale.
The street car companies all
are working together, of course.
Pres. Busby, of the Chicago City
Railways Co., will give the first
final answer to the men, and what
he 'answers will go for the Chi
cago Railway Co.
A. P. Harrington, Progressive
delegate from Oklahoma, run
down by auto driven by Nathan
Spira, 1211 Marion court, at Mad
sion and LaSalle sts. Slightly in
jured. About a dozen former union
newsboys suffered attack of cold
feet yesterday and went back to
work for the trust newspapers.
Whereupon the trust news
papers let out a howl and. falsely
announced that the Newsboys'
union had called off the strike.
The Newsboys' union has not
called off the strike, and it voted
unanimously,- not to do so at z.

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