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such men may be working on in
"Members are urged to give this
matter prompt attention and to com
ply with the request at once. MerrM
bers who know of -any violation of
this order are requested to advise this
office at once. By order of the execu
"C. W. Gindele, President.
"E. M. Craig, Secretary."
You will notice the fine tone of
command about this letter.
You also will notice, and it is to be
hoped that the federal authorities
likewise will notice, the fine air of
conspiracy about it
Not the least iniquitous thing about
this order is the clause making every
member of the association a spy on
every other member.
As has been said, however, the or
der is not working very well. And
no less a person that E. M. Craig
realizes the same.
"We notified 497 employers," said
Craig gloomily, today," and only 215
have paid any 'attention. I don't
know what's the matter with the
He stared gloomily ahead of him
for a moment, and then remembered
he had been talking Jo newspaper
"But don't publish that, you
know,!' he said hastily.
The reporters representing the
trust newspapers promised, just as
hastily, that they would not.
"Now I'll tell you what to pub
lish," Craig continued. "You explain
that we employers are not acting
cruelly in this lockout We wouldn't
do anything like that
"And you know, the Building
Trades Council is awful cruel. Why,
I could tell you about cruel things
tney nave done mat would snock you
"Tell us some," suggested a re
porter. "Well," said Craig, his eyes be
coming misty, "take what barmend a
year ago. It Was- the time the Chil-
dren's Memorial Hospital was beln
built, and the poor little sick children
were dying while they waited for it.
"And do you know what these
rhorrid working men did?" asked
Craig in an awed voice.
"No," chorussed the reporters.
"They they called a strike on the "
building," sobbed Craig.
"And they kept the strike up for
four months," continued Craig,
struggling with his sobs. "And the
po-or little children dying all over
Chicago because there wasn t any
hospital to take them to. And the
Building Trades Council acted so
hard-hearted about it, just like a lot
"Miss Bena M. Henderson, she's
the superintendent of the Children's '.
Hospital, called them up over and '
over again, and just begged them
to come back and finish the work on
the hospital for the sake of the dear
little children. She went to see these
rough men, and almost went down
on her knees to them. But it w-was
n-no g-good. They w-w-would liot
Mr. Craig broke down completely
and wept into a fine cambric hand
kerchief. A Day Book reporter callgd up Miss
Henderson at the Children's Me
morial Hospital and asked about the
cruel conduct of the Building Trades
Council, telling her what the weeping
Mr. Craig had said.
"Rot," said Miss Henderson, and
then: "Excuse me, but there was
nothing of that sort at all. The men
went on strike, of course. It was at
a time when the building was com- ,
pleted, only some inside work was
left to be done. I don't know any
thing about the rights or the wrongs
of the men's argument with their
employers. It was nothing to me, for"
there was more than enough room
for all the children we had on our
hands in other places. I never asked
.the Building Trades Council to com
plete the work for the jiake qf tnj
children. That is nonsense?'
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