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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1913, Image 6

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from his coat "I have no time at
all."
"Haven't you even time to tell
about the way the unions treated the
poor children over the Children's Me
morial Hos "
"Say," said Walking Delegate
Craig, cherking up immediately.
"Havenf you heard that one yet?"
"Oh, yes, I've heard it," said the
jeporter, "but I thought you might
like to tell it again."
Mr. Craig explained that he would
not like to tell it again; that he was
pained and grieved at the extra
ordinary manner of the reporter, and
that he would not shed any tears if
something should happen to the re
porter right on a busy street.
In the middle of Mr. Craig's ora
tion, John W. Griffiths, head of the
John W. Griffiths Company, one of
the biggest contractors in the city,
the one who called out the men at
work on the County Hospital and
who himself is in strong with the in
ner circle of the bosses' association,
oozed into the room, and Mr. Craig
brightened visibly, and shook the re
porter by the hand.
"Good-bye," he said, "good-bye;
come again any old time."
The reporter went outside and
waylaid Mr. Griffiths, when that im
portant person was coming out.
"Nice day," said the reporter.
"Beastly day," said Mr. Griffiths.
"Hot. Are you a reporter?"
"Yes," admitted the reporter.
"Thought so," said Mr. Griffiths,
"thought so; never talk to reporters.
Good-bye."
"But Mr. Griffiths!" exclaimed the
reporter.
"Never talk to reporters," repeat
ed Griffiths, continuing on his way.
"Are-you-gonna-call-the-men-back
to - work - on - the-county-hospital?"
demanded the reporter, all in one
breath, just like that
"Never talk to reporters," said
Griffiths, getting nearer his automo
'Tll-sound-to-th'-people-'s-if - you-didn't-give-a-hoot
-about - suffering
poor?" said the reporter.
"T'ell&umm," said Mr. Griffiths.
"Reporters are darn nuisances; al
ways saying you said things you
never said; never talk to them."
Mr. Griffiths had stopped, however,
and it was obvious that his heart
was softening as he thought of what
the people might think If he acted
uppish about the sick and suffering
poor. v
"But it will sound so bad, and read
so bad in print," said the reporter.
" 'Mr. Griffiths, the well-known buid.
er and millionaire, says he does not
care to talk about resuming work on
the new county hospital, which, be
fore the lockout was being rushed
to completion to care for the hun
dreds of suffering poor for whom at
present no provision can be made.' "
Mr. Griffiths wiped his sticky fore
head. "Well," said Mr. Griffiths, "you see,
it is this way. I understand from the
newspapers (evidently Mr. Griffiths
read what the newspapers say about
him although he never unless put
in a corner talks to reporters-that
the County Board passed some reso
lution as to the necessity of resuming
work on the new county hospital
building, and I have not seen that
resolution. Until I do see that reso
lution (here Griffiths drew himself
up with great dignity) it would be en
tirely improper for me to comment on
what course I am going to pursue.
You can say that for me. Be sure
and get it right Good-day."
And just then the reporter caught
sight of aWlklng Delegate Craig's
face. It was quite" beatific.
Possibly Mr. Griffiths communl'
cated to Mr. Craig the glad news that
the Lumber, Steel and Brick Trusts
were ready to put the hooks on any
contractor who had dared" to disobey
the lockout order of the inner circle
of theuUding.and.Cpns.oiptffln.As-sociation.
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