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C. W. MILLER AND THE FEDERATION OF LABOR;
A STUDY IN AIMS AND TALK
Scene One The banquet room on the ninth floor of the Ham
ilton club, a standpat Republican organization.
Two hundred well-fed, prosperous looking business men are
sitting around a big table. The dishes on the table are scraped clean.
U. S. District Attorney Charles W. Miller, of Indianapolis,
whose claim to fame lies in sending thirty-eight union men to prison,
begins to speak.
Miller "burbles for some time about the American flag, about
the red, white and blue, about our great and glorious country, and
"I tell you, gentlemen," he shouts, "that such men as John
Fitzpatrick and Ed Nockels of the Chicago Federation of Labor art
not patriots. They are menaces to society and to our flag."
The two hundred business men rise to their feet and yell and
cheer like college boys. One man climbs on a chair so his cheers
can be heard the plainer;
Scene Two Chicago Federation of Labor headquarters. Fitz
patrick and Nockels in conference.
Fitzpatrick "We must bend all our energies toward organ
izing the men of the steel mills. Conditions in the mills are a dis
grace to America; they are a disgrace to you and to me.
"Think of it ! Think of you and me standing idly by while this
great steel trust forces men to work twelve hours a day, seven days
in the week, three hundred and sixty-five days in the year! Think
of the consumption it breeds in the men and in their wives and in
their children ! Think of the shortened lives, the wrecked homes, the
shattered human souls!
"We must free the wage slaves of the steel trust, or Ve stand
before all men as betrayers of the trust reposed in us by Labor."
Nockels "It will be a tremendous battle. The paid spies of the
trust; the private detectives; the trust's millions; the owned gov
ernment; all will be against us."
Fitzpatrick "But humanity will be with us; right will be on
our side; the people will be with us; and so, in the end, we shall
Scene Three A dingy hall in East Chicago, jammed to the
door with men of heavy hands and careworn, toil-seared faces, men
of bowed backs.
A Polish organizer of the American Federation of Labor plead
ing before the men for a greater brotherhood among the worker