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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 25, 1913, Image 6

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man with ease and dispatch'.
Vitagraph : "Daughter of Ju
dea," showing a riot and the club
bing to death of a man.
This afternoon, there will be a
movie show of a different sort in
the city hall. John Fitzpatrick
and Ed Nockles, of the Chicago
Federation of Labor, represent
ing labor, and ,N. D. Cochran,
publisher of The Day Book, an
employer, will pass on "The
Strike Leader," a Majestic film,
prohibited in Chicago by O'Con
nor. ,
O'Connor doesn't seeni to be
quite sure why he did prohibit
this film, which shows that re
markably common thing, a big
employer, trying to bribe a union
leader to betray his fellows.
"I didn't like it," explained
O'Connor, when questioned.
There was crime in it, and it
wasn't fair either to union men or
employers."
"Of course you knew that em
ployers sometimes have tried to
bribe and intimidate union work
men it isn't you idea that the
film tells something untrue, is
it?" O'Connor was asked.
"Oh, I guess the film tells the
truth, all right. There is no
doubt but that employes some
times bribe and intimidate their
workmen. But the point is that
the film shows a crime. "We don't
aHow burglaries and hold-ups to
be shown. And we shall not al
low bribery to be shown. It has
a bad effect."
"If you are going to prohibit
bribery and intimidation from be
ing shown in the movie houses,
I you're going to open up a big new
field for prohibition, arert t your
O'Connor was asked.
"Well, this is a pretty bad one.
It's a rough play. Why-(indignantly)
some of the men get into
a fist fight and throw tables at
each other and break up the
chairs !" '
J. B. Seery, manager of the Ma
jestic Film Co., can't see why the
film should be prohibited.
"I can't understand it,' 'he said
today. "A committee of union
men from Division 308, the ele
vated car men's organization,
was here and looked over the film.
They said they thought it a go'od
film, and that it showed the truth
about how employers try to cor
rupt union officials.
"I understand the editor of the
Union Leader openly charged
that the police are afraid of the
film just because it is in favor of
union labor. O'Connor said T
don't like it,' and that was about
his main reason for stopping its
production in Chicago. The film
has been produced uKOther cities
and we haven't heard of any bad
effects."
"Well," said O'Connor finally,
"if two reputable labor union of
ficials and one reputable employer
will pass on the film and approve
it, I'll lift the ban." .
SoFitzpatrick and Nockels and
N. D. Cochran will go down this
afternoon and get an eyeful of
this film that has so shocked
O'Connor and decide whether or
not they think.it would shock a
plain, ordinary human being
without a blue coat or brass buti

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