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National Association of Manufacturers, and that all of them pursued the
same general policy toward labor unions.
This means that the employers of Chicago and Illinois are tightly
bound together in one gigantic union of employers' unions, all working to
gether to prevent their employes from organizing in the same manner.
The Mulhall exposure is showing that Big Business has been very
successful in its efforts to control the people's government in this country,
even to the election of congressmen and the appointment of judges.
This may explain why for years kept judges on the federal bench and
m state courts have issued injunctions to prevent labor from organizing,
striking, picketing or even trying to gain new members.
People can look back now and see how THEIR government hasn't been
THEIR government at all, and that THEIR representatives and THEIR
judges in many instances have been merely hired tools of Special Privilege
and Big Business.
In this connection, I think it is only fair that public attention be called
to the fact that The Chicago Tribune is rendering a valuable public service
in exposing this invisible government. ' The publication of the Job letter
today was a brave journalistic service, when it is considered that The
Tribune carries advertising of the big department stores; and that Big
Business may attempt to bulldoze The Tribune by a conspiracy to with
draw advertising from its columns and thus cripple that newspaper as a
fighting organ of publicity for the people.
I have freely criticized The Tribune on numerous occasions, but I will
stand by that newspaper in its present fight, as I think the public ought to
stand by it. The service it is rendering the public now is a genuine service.
There is none of the bunk in this fight that characterizes the fake fights
made by the Hearst papers; and what The Tribune is doing for the people
of this country now makes it worth more to the people of Chicago than
The News, Journal, Post, Record-Herald, Inter-Ocean, American and Ex
I know something about the tactics of Big Business enough to know
that The Tribune may need the strongest kind of public support in order
to successfully resist the underhand attacks of Big Business, which will un
doubtedly be made for the purpose of intimidating the management of The
Tribune and forcing it to shut its eyes and mouth while Big Business and
Special Privilege keep up the old game of going through the public pocket.
I'll stand back of any newspaper, office-holder or individual who makes
a fight for real democracy for the people of this country; and I hope the
people of Chicago will b.e wise enough to do the same. Nobody can buy ad
vertising in The Day Book, but anybody who deserves it by serving the peo
ple canjget it free; and that's why The Tribune gets this free advertising
The present executive committee of the Employers' Association of
Chicago is, as follows: President, F. K. Copeland, Sullivan Machinery Co.;
first vice-president, James Simpson, Marshall Field & Co.; second vice
president, Wm. E. Clow, Jas. B. Clow & Sons; treasurer, John T.'Pirie, Jr.,
Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.; F. H. Armstrong of Reid, Murdoch & Co., Calvin
H. Hill of Heywood Bros. & Wakefield Co.; W. S. Tinsman, chairman Gen
eral Managers' Association; John V. Farwell of John V. Farwell'Co.; B. E.
Sunny, Chicago Telephone Co.; Mark Morton of Western Cold Storage
Co., C. H. Thorne of Montgomery Ward & Co., J. Harry Selz of Selz, Schwab
& Co., A. A. Sprague II. of Sprague, Warner & Co., Wm. M. Webster,