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money hack to the old country. If
they got higher wages it would be a
question whether they would live bet
ter with the increase or send more
Charles was excused,, and O'Hara
bitterly denounced the hourly pay,
casual labor system and conditions
Back o' the Yards.
"By this hourly system," he said,
"these great corporations are taking
advantage of the poor immigran girl's
weakness? It should be abolished.
What a spectacle! These big multi
millionaire packers afraid to take the
chance of losing a few pennies in
their own enormous businesses, and
putting on the shoulders of a young
immigrant girl their own risks by
laying her off work every time the
market slackens up.
"I also think this plan of buying
foreign labor is manifestly unfair.
It is ntt only an injustice to the for
eigners who are brought here to this
country under wonderful promises,
but it is bound to work a hardship on
American born labor. Conditions at
the yards never wereas they are now
before the great strike of 1904."
Before the apnearance of Swift, the
greatest sensation was caused by the
appearance of Maxwell Edgar, a fiery
Scotchman, who seemed to take a
joyous delight in the chance to slap
Edgar has figured prominently in
various fights against tax-dodgers.
His principal fight has been to get
the capital stock tax enforced.
Maxwell produced certified copies
of government figures as fo the
profits of Marshall Field & Co., The
Pair, Sears, Roebuck & Co., Crane
Co., and other big corporations. And
the story of how Tie got these figures
is almost as good as the figures them
selves, wfilcli are plenty good, as a
glance at the accompanying table will
Edgar had gone to Washington to
file suit against thirty-five corpora
copy of the figures as, to capital stoclc"
and profits of a number of our best
known Chicago tax-dodgers and phil
anthropists. Some months after this, Edgar was
in Washington again, and dropped
over to the treasury department to
thank them for the figures, which
had helped him very muck indeed.
When Edgar mentioned what he
had come for there was a fine hull
abaloo and running around, at the
end of which Edgar was informed
that he had been given the figures
only through the horrible blunder of
a tjlerk, and that he never, never, un
der any circumstances, was to make
them public, if he did not wish to
meet dire, but unnamed, federal pun
ishment. Edgar told this story of the
securing of the figures yesterday.
Lieut-Gov. O'Hara laughed.
"Well," he said, "the state of Illi
nois will profit by the horrible blun
der of a clerk."
"And I'm not worrying," said Ed
gar, "because there's a new and dem-i
ocratic administration In Weshing
ton, and I don't think anything will
happen to me."
o o d
Emanuel Brossfeld, 20, 1830 S.
Spaulding av., son of wealthy grocer,
found dead at home. Poison. Be
Taylor st. Car caught fire at Ogden
av. Raced to barns at 12th st. and
Western av., where blaze was extin
guished. Louis Millard, 1421 Spaulding av.,
wealthy hatmaker,. found dead in his
office, 222 N. Wabash av. Overcome
by fumes of chemical he was working
Case against Ed and Charley Bar
rett and Arthur Friedmann, on trial
for murder of Conductor Frank Witt,
has again been stricken off the calen
dar. Had been set for yesterday.
Walter Ibbotson, Dowaeiac. Mich-
He went over to the treasury and Margaret Donavon, Benton Har-
department and there got a certified bor, Mich., who eloped few days agQ