congress of Judge Jenkins in, the Superior District of Wisconsin. The let
ter, published this morning by The Tribune, was as follows:
Chicago, 111., July 3, 1908.
Col. M. M. Mulhall, Care Superior Hotel, Superior, Wisconsin:
My Dear Colonel I hare yours of the 2nd inst, and have been getting
busy on the Jenkins matter of late.
Mr. O'Connell is not to blame for not having answered your letter
as he handed it to me and I told him I would take care of it. I have, how
ever, been delayed in seeing Mr. Hines of the Hines dumber Company, and
the proprietors of the Skandanaven. I have recently, however, seen Mr.
Hines, who promises his active support both financially and otherwise, and
in a day or two I am to see him again with reference to either his or my
interesting all the other lumber companies in. Chicago operating in that
It will be a- few days before-1- see- Mr. Anderson? the- proprietor of the
Skandanaven, but shall see him next week and hope to be able to report
good results in that direction from him.
I received the five-dollar bill enclosed, but think you are tod generous in
the matter of a present for the little Scarlet Fever girl,, who is now out of
bed and is the merriest and happiest one of them all.
Please convey our regards to your good wife, and with the thanks of
our little Virginia to you and Mrs. Mulhall, I am, very truly yours,
. Fred W. Job.
At the time this letter was written Fred W. Job was seeretary of the
Employers' Association of Chicago, and the fact that the head of one de
partment store, was president and the heads of two other department stores
were on the executive committee shows the strong connection between the
department stores and the association.
The other officers at that time were Calvin H. Hill of Heywood Bros.
& Wakefield Co., first vice-president; F. K. Copeland of the Sullivan Machin
ery Co., second vice-president; Wm. E. Clow of Jas. B. Clow & Sons, treas
urer; and, with John T. Pirie, president, the officers and the following mem
bers made up the executive committee: F. H. Armstrong of Reid, Mur
ydoch & Co., Chas. H. Conover of Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., John
V. Farwell of the J. V. Farwell Co., Jacob b. Kesner of The Fair, Mark Mor
ton of Western Cold Storage Co., C. H. Thorne of Montgomery Ward & Co., ,
J. Harry Selz or beiz, acnwao & uo., James Simpson ot Marsnau field & Co.,
Frederick W. Job, secretary.
The make-up of the executive committee at that time' sliows the gen
eral character of the Employers' Association, showing that it takes in the
department stores, mail order houses, manufacturers and general business
The letter shows that this association was in close touch with the. Na
tional Association of Manufacturers, and was co"-operating with jta lobby in
attempting to control the election of congressmen.. In Short, tie 'Em'ploy
ers' Association of Chicago m& k fail of the invisible- government, and the
department stores were an important part of the Employers Association'
If the invisible government were completely exposed, it would probably
develop that the Employers Association of Chicago and the" Illinois Manu
facturers' Association were tuc.ked up in the same bed together with the ,
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