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union had not been given out; no en
terprising' reporter for a trust news
paper had ferretted them out; but the
election was hardly over before the
State street stores knew the result
of it; somewhere there was a leak.
It was while searching for this leak
that the officers of the union discov
ered the interesting "Miss Stewart,"
operative of the Fidelity Secret Ser
"Miss Stewart" laughingly ad
mitted that she was hired to spy on
the girls and report all that took
place at the union meetings, and was
duly expelled by the union with haste
and bitter words.
Came then to Emmett Flood, or
ganizer for the American Federation
of Labor, one Leon A. Simons, man
ager and superintendent of the Fidel
ity Secret Service Co., and alleging
to be a detective himself.
"I've come to tell you a secret,"
said Simons, hoarsely. (All detec
tives Bpeak hoarsely.)
"Yes?" said Flood, coldly.
"I'm a detective."
"I employ Miss Stewart"
"You're a fool not to stick to me;
I'm your friend."
"If you'll let Miss Stewart attend
your meetings I'll fix up the reports
to the bosses so it will look good for
the union, and we'll doctor all the
names so's no one will get fired, and
I'll put you wise every time the bosses
try to use some other agency to get
"How charming," said Flood.
"But if you don't stick to me an'
Miss Stewart," said Simons, darkly,
"there's them in your midst as'll ruin
"Hah!" said Flood, this seeming to
be the proper thing to say at this
"Yes," hissed Simons. "Yes-s-s-ssss."
"Hah!" said Flood again,
j "Y'want me to tell you the name of
the spy In your midst who Is fouling
the nest an' reporting everything the
worst way?" asked Simons.
"Uh-huh," said Flood.
"Miss Kramner!" said Simons. "I
know her; she works for the Cor
poration Auxiliary Co.; she's a detec
tive; she's getting all your officers
fired; she makes a report on every
meeting. Fire her out and let Miss
Stewart stay, an' we'll doctor the re
ports to the bosses."
"Uh-huh, I'll have a little talk with
Miss Kramner," said Flood.
Flood's decision to "have a little
talk with Mrs. Kramner was
strengthened when the sister of Miss
Anderson of the Women's Trade
Union League recognized Mrs.
Kramner as a former employe of the
Monarch Detectiye Agency, who
claimed to have married a man
in the same line of business as -herself.
Mrs. Kramner arrived at the offices
of the Chicago Federation of Labor
somewhat out of breath, but not at
all out of language.
"Why, the idea of the accusation
you have brought against me!" she
oegan. "Why, my husband wouldn't
let me be a detective If I wanted to.
He MADE me give up my position
as a stenographer with the Monarch
Service Co. because he was so DOWN
on detective agencies, and he would
be so MAD if only he knew about this,
because you see he is the BEST
union man in the world and he just
couldn't BEAR to think of me be
ing" "You say your husband is a union
man?" asked Flood, i
"They don't have a union in his
work or he would be," retorted Mrs.
"I dare say," said Flood. "What's
"He's a lineman."
"There is a strong lineman's
"But not in the Commonwealth
Edison shop where MY husband