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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 30, 1913, Image 1

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DO YOU KNOW WHY BASEBALL 4 GRIPS FOLKS?
THERE IS AN EXPLANATION INSIDE
THE DAY BOOK
. N: D. Cochran, . oQB 500 'South Peoria St. -
Editor and Publisher. jjjlP a Tel. Monroe 353.
VOb.2tNO.:i81 Chicago, Wednesday, April 30,1913- ONE CENT
$25,000,000 SHQE TRUST TRIE& STRONGARM
METHODS TO STOP LOW WAGE PROBE
i
Packs Session of Senate- Commission With Hirelings,
Who Throw Snuff in Faces of Senators The Story
of Ella 'Morris, Shoe Trust Slave.
Within the. very shadow of the
Capitol, Big Business' last night at
tempted to intimidate and threaten a
Senate commission, sitting under'the
authority of . the people of Illinois.
The hangers-on , of Big Business
packed .the session of the O'Hara low
wages commission held in the Leland
Hotel. '
LTed by -two of. Springfield's mos't
prominent criminal attorneys, these
hangers-on of Big Business tried to
break'up the session of the commis
sion. Every statement by Lleut.-Gov.
O'Hara or one of- the senators was
jeere'd ancf hissed.
Every; interruption of the two at
torneys was cheered wildly to the ac
companiment of stamping-feet.
When Bill Alexander, foreman of
the. International Shoe Company
(the trust), "took the stand someone
scattered. .Chinese' snuff into the air.
"Wlieri the members ot the com
mission -were '.force'd to sneeze, Bill
Alexander sneered at them.and open-,
ly guffawed.. Tie hangers-on of Big
gushiess cneered, v -
Springfield, the capital city of the
second state in .the union, never' saw
such, disgraceful scenes as were last
night's.
Big Business never so openly
showed its curious mixture of de
fiance of the people. .
And while the cheap hirelings of
Big Business were trying to break up
the senate commission's meeting,
the Springfield newspapers were
openly boasting that they were going
"to get" Lieut-Gov. O'Hara because
he had dared to show up Big Busi
ness. Their .method of "getting" O.'Hara
has b6en made clear in the last 'few
days. They are sending lying' stories
out of Springfield, and in Springfield
.they are doing worse than lying, for
they are pubjishing quarter truths.
The reason for Big Business' des
perate attempt to crush the O'Hara
commission was plain enough in the
pitiful stories the underpaid workers
of the shoe trust told the commission
last night.
For, after .all, Big. Business failed
in its attempt to break up the. com
mission meeting. Lieut.-Gov. O'Hara
called the police and iftd Arthur M,

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