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THE .CHLOROFORMING OF THE
HARRIS BILL IS ON
Springfield, III., June 19. The poli
ticians in the House who serve Big
Business last night began the chloro
forming of the Harris minimum
The bill is a compromise measure
and hardly worth the paper it is
written on as a minimum wage bill.
It provides merely for the appoint
ment by the governor of a commis
sion of three to investigate the wages
paid women and report to the next
The original idea of the Harris
bill was that it would be handy to
choke off the O'Hara low wages com
mission and kill any legislation urged
by the O'Hara commission.
But poor, emasculated compro
mise as it was, Big Business was
afraid of the Harris bill.
It was passed by the Senate and
came up in the House last night.
Rejj. Munro, Progressive, urged
that the bill be advanced to second
reading without reference to a com
mittee. Speaker McKinley began gavelling
Munro into silence. Reps. Elliott and
Zolla, both Progressives, ranged
themselves beside Munro, and began
shouting steadily for a hearing.
Speaker McKinley ordered Door
keeper Keim to "suppress" Munro,
Elliott and Zolla.
Munro ordered Keim away from
his seat. Assistant Doorkeeper Leon
ard came running to help his chief.
Munro jumped from his chair and
started for Keim. Lee O'Neil Browne
and a dozen other Democrats start
ed for the three Progressive mem
bers on the run.
The House finally refused to sus
pend the rules and advance the bill
on a rising vote and Speaker McKin
ley sent It to the rules committee.
Practically speaking, that kills the
Harris bill. There is not once chance
In a hundred that it wilj get out pf
the rules committee again.
The same legislators who defeat
ed the Harris minimunuivage bill last
night voted to raise their own salar
ies from $1,000 to $1,750 a year.
But perhaps the legislators should
not be so greatly blamed for their
action in regard to the Harris bill.
Of course', it was wrong of them
to kill a bill so obviously for the gen
eral good, but then they were in a
rather peevish state when the bill
Some rude persons had been tak
ing unheard of liberties with our
honorable, if you don't care what
you say, legislators earlier In the
One such person had set off a reg
ular Fourth of July collection of fire
crackers in the hall to begin with.
You can imagine how this disturbed
gentlemen whose nerves always are
in rather bad condition.
Then another bright-minded per
son scattered imeezing powder all
through the House, so that every
member who wanted to call another
member a liar had to sneeze about
six times while doing it
This naturally added to the peev
ishness of the legislators and doubt
less many of them were scarcely in
then own minds when they voted to
raise their own salaries and voted
against even finding out whether
working women get living wages.
At least, it is charitable to sup
o o .
"I've got a greenback," said the frog.
"1'U.need it, too7all right,
For I am going to attend
The fancy hop tonight'