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LOCAL FEDERATION OF LABOR
WELCOMES DARRQW HOME .
Clarence Darrow, whom Big Busi
ness has ruined financially, but whose
spirit' Big Business has failed to
break, had his first real welcome
He slipped into the meeting of the
Chicago Federation of Labor and
took a seat at the back of the hall.
The chairman of the meeting was
reading a resolution. He did not no
tice Darrow and went on reading.
But someone else at the meeting
recognized the labor attorney, and
suddenly the hall rang with shouts
of "Darrow! Darrow Darrow!"
It was the greatest ovation ever
given any single man by the Chicago
Federation of Labor, and there were
tears in. Dai-row's eyes and a husky
note in his voice when he took the
platform to answer it.
Darrow's speech was very short
and condensed itself into a plea for
a greater, broader unionism, a union
ism not of fellow craftsman, but a
great unionism of unions.
And the federation, deeply moved,
indorsed a resolution calling for the
collection of funds to pay for Dar
row's defense at his third trial before
the bar of Big Business, which is. set
for June. 16.
For the men of the federation knew
what all the people do not know
that Darrow is absolutely penniless,
that Big Business' viciouB persecu
tion of him has drained away the last
penny of his never very great for
tune. "I used to think that I knew right
and that I knew wrong, and that
those who differed from me unaues
tionably "vvrere wrong," said Darrow.
"t am not so sure of that now. I
am not so certain that I am right or
wrong. I am certain pnly that the
majority must be right, and am satis
fied to abide by the ruling of the ma
jority. "The unions must stick together
jnore; than, they do noyfx One unioa
that scabs on another union is worse,
infinitely worse than an individual
who scabs on another individual.
"You men must stand for unity, the
unity of the whole brotherhood of
workers, and not only the unity of
"There is another way you must
stick together, too. That is political
ly. You must discard the parties you
have inherited, and learn that only
that party that recognizes you and
that promises to give you what you
ask is worthy of your support It
does not matter what the name of
the party is. Thames are only names.
"The union game is getting harder
every day, for every time you win
a strike the employers increase the
cost of living and thus get back at
"That is why the need of unions
sticking together is daily becoming
more pressing. The time has come
when few unions can stand alone
against the employers.
"Look at the Brotherhod of Lo
comotive Engineers! That Is a great
union, a strong union, and yet it is
no use to any other union because it
will not stick with any other union."
LABOR LEADERS SENTENCED ON
Washington, May 5. Sustaining
the contempt charges against Amer
ican eFderation of Labor leaders, the
district court of appeals this after
noon held that President Gompers
should serve thirty days in jail, and
that Vice President John. Mitchell and
Secretary Frank Morrison, should
pay $500 fines.
This is the second time the labor
leaders have been adjudged contempt
of Justice Daniel Thew Wright of the
district supreme court. The first sen
tences were a year, nine months and
Bix months for Gompers, Mitchell and
Morrison, respectively. Justice Van
Orsdel today held these sentences ex
Appeal will probably be taken to
the J7, S, Supreme Court,
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