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SECRET INFLUENCES TRYING (TO DISCREDIT
O'HARA AND BjLQCK INVESTIGATION
By N. D. Cochran, Editor of The Daj Book..
, The attack on Lieut. Gov. O'Hara and the senatorial white slave com
mittee by John M. Glenn in the Manufacturing News, may be .pet down as
the opening gun of the fight against a minimum wage for women by the
Illinois Manufacturers' Association.
What- ..Glenn thinks or says personally wouldn't be' worth bothering
about, but O'Hara did the right thing in yanking this busy servant of the
rch beTore the committee, and making him admjt that he did, not know
what hewas writing' about, and had no facts on which to base his state
( powerful interests are no doubt .busy under the surface trying to choke
off iis investigation. Every .millionaire employer who makes money
grinding .his employes fears publicity; and .nothing has happened in the
history of Illinois that such menfearjas they fear this, investigation.
Already The Inter-Ocean is playing the game that Glenn started, by
trying to arouse a suspicion that there is some underground connection be
tween O'Hara and Lawrence, Hearst's Chicago publisher. Very likely there
will bev more of it. But it's all, a trick to fool the people and discredit
O'Hara. . '
' The large employers of labor see that the exposure of their methods
being made under Gov. O'Hara's leadership will arouse the people of Illinois
and create a powerful sentiment in "favor of a minimum wage for women.
And they know that once the-people are aroused, all the millionaires
in the state can't prevent them from doing 'whatever is possible, to do by
law to better the condition of workings women and girls.
These employers know, too, that a minimum wage for women Twill
lead to better .wages for, men; and alf this means that big- employers will
have to give more to, the workers and take less for themselves out of the
product of labor. u
So the senatorial committee and Barratt O'Hara, its chairman, will
need the active moral support df all citizens of Illinois who believe that
humanity is more important than money.
Now is the time for all progressive citizens, in or out of the Progres
sive party, to do theirshare of the Vyork. It is time for the Progressive party
to shbw its hand, that all may know whether it really meant business when
it declared for a rninimum wage for women.
The Tribune, and The Ppst are the avowed Progressive organs, and if
theyare onxthe square about their advocacy of a minimum ' wage for
women, they will back .up Gpv. b'Hara and the committee to a finish.
If theiradvertisers have more pull with these organs than the inter
ests of the people have, why then, of course, they'll lie dowji Pido,- and b
good dogs, r ' '
I've been through jus such fights as this, and I know that Barratt
y'Hara will have to fight hard to overcome the se"cret influences that will
be working "againsfhim. "
The secret influences will be . at work while he sleeps, trying to scare
other members of the committee so they won't back him up.
They' will be at work on every -member of the legislature they can reach
and handle; and-no effort will be spared to make trouble for O'Hara and
YouH hear pious, frauds" taking up the cause of theemployera sound-