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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 02, 1912, Image 11

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FITZPATRICK WANTS RETAIL CLERKS ORGANIZED
The chief spencers at the Fed
eration of Labor meeting yester
day were .Robert Smilie, presi
dent of the British Federation of
Miners, and James Seddon of-the
British Shop Assistants'-Union,
'both of whom are members of
parliament.
In introducing Seddon, Presi
dent John Fitzpatrick told how
sorry he was that the retail clerks
of Chicago were not organised.-
"I want to see the day when, the
retail clerks of Chicago have dele
gates sitting in this body," said
Fitzpatrick. "The fact that the
retail clerks are not organized isi
ah indictment agajnst,us. But I
do, not know if we can be blamed
rriiich. If ever there was an ar
rogant, oppressive gang of men,
it that State street crowd, which
is" holding the clerks down."
Smilie, in his speech, raised a
general laugh by saying that "in
America politics are pure and
there are no political bosses."
milie lso said that-in one way
tnjj people of Britain are better
off-than Americans.
In this country," he said, "you
are&tied'downbyia written consti
tution which doubtless was ex
cellent enough in the-day it was
Written.
"A recent decision ofyour su
preme couj;t said that an act pro
viding for Washstands at the en
trance to mines was unconstitu
tional. It is some time since. I
read your constitution, but I do
not' remember reading anything
in it about washstands. I suppose
that is why the act was declared
unconstitutional."
Seddon, in his speech, paid his
particular regards to what he call
ed the "yellow press."
'ThaVe found," he said, "that
for the most artistic Ananias, a
reporter-on a modern yellow jour
nal takes the prize. The people
need a powerful working press."
Oscar F. Nelson, vice president
of the federation and president of
the National Postal Clerks' union,
presented a resolution demanding
jail sentences fdr reckless drivers
of automobiles, and for the arrest
of owners as well as chauffeurs.
"Within the last ten months,"
said Nelson, "eight persons have
beeri killed and several injured by
automobiles at Belmont avenue
and Clark street. This is an in
tolerable record. And the old
fogies we call magistrates are ill
large part responsible for it."
TKe resolution passed unani
mously. SOME 'SUDDEN DROP
The- Young People's Civic
league yesterday addpted a reso
lution demanding' that the board
of assessors collect the back
taxes due from Siegel, Cooper &
Co.
The resolution was handed to
the Board of Assessors today by
Philip W. Yarrow, president of
the league, and Mary F. Balcomb,
its secretary. No action has been
taken on it by the assessors.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. were as
sessed at $75,000 in 1897; $79,095
in 1898; $3,970,370 in 1899; $4,
991,805 in 1901 ; $978,000 in 190$;
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