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workers that hadn't any grievance
and BhnuJdn't hav alkd out, and
they should be ashamed of them
selves driving 45,000 men to starva
tion that way instead of coming In
and being properly humble and all
that, but it's the same wherever you
go, you find the unions "
"Say," yelled Commissioner Mc
Gann, "whatell s'that got to do with
my bridges? Eh? Answer me that?"
"You find the unions," went on
the messenger, "trying to bite the
bosom that gives them milk and
they're all the same, ungrateful like
snakes, that's what they are, and "
"Cut that out," yelled McGann.
" The messenger fro mthe inner cir
cle drew a long breath.
"Well," he said, "it's just like "
Commissioner McGann arose, and
lifted a chai rwith him as he rqse.
"Now you cut that rought stuff
out," he said, "an' go home an' re
cite t'family cat. S'my busy day.
What's marble workers on Continen
tal &. Commercial Bank got to do my
"Well, nothing, but then, you see,
these marble workers-1-"
"There you go triyng to start
again," said McGann, breathing
heavily. "Now cut it out Any labor
trouble my bridges?"
"Yes," said the messenger, looking
pained, "we've locked out all the
labor union men on "
"I don't care what you've done.
Any trouble between contractors got
job build my bridges and men workin'
on bridges? Huh?"
"No," said the messenger, "but "
"Butt out m' office," said McGann.
"M'busy day. Tell your bosses their
contract build these four bridges call
for city takin over work they aban
don it. tf"they don' get busy on
bridges four, count 'em, four
they'll lose contracts. Build'm m'self.
Whereupon the messenger return
ed to the inner circle of the bosses
and whispered that Commissioner
MGantt "typ -fl yjuarenaBW
man, to say nothing of being rude
nd overbearing and short ir hi
As for McGann he went to the
mayor and the county board and
talked shortly and to the point, say
ing that the contracts called for the
building of these bridges, and for the
contracts automatically losing the
contracts if they abandoned the
"No labor trouble on bridges," said
McGann. "Labor trouble s'at Con
tinental & Commercial Bank build
ing. Don' care about Continental &
Commercial Bank buildin'. Wan'
my bridges built. Contractors aban
don work, we take it over accordln'
Which Information further deepen
ed the(already Stygian gloom where
in moved the inner circle of the
Walking Delegate E. N. Craig
showed this today, when he was
questioned by a reporter.
"Heard from any more employers
who want to obey the lockout or
der?" asked the reporter.
"No, no," said Craig, trying to
wave his hand airily.
"When do you expect to hear from
the rest of them the ones who
wouldn't answer your order to lock
out at all and the ones who answered
by saying they wouldn't lockout their
"Oh, tomorrow or next day," said
"That's what you said yesterday,
and Saturday, too," said the re
porter. "I'm busy," said Walking Delegate
Craig, in the sort of tine that is sup
posed to freeze the hearer.
Reporters, however, do not freeze.
"Haven't you time to tell about the
extraordinary number of .men now
walking the streets, hungry and cold
I mean, without ice for their babies
or their beer, and and all that sort
"No' said Walking Delegate Craig,
accurately flicking a speck of cotton