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YOU'D THINK IT WAS AWFUlBUT
If in an old manuscript in a dead language you should decipher that
on a certain day a comely and healthy young woman, penniless and alone,
after weeks of famishing on scraps from cast-away picnic lunches and of
sleeping on park .benches and'in out-of-the-way places, being unable to
find honest work afld unwilling to earn ease at the price of shame, had
sought escape by poison, what would you think of the civilization of her
Reading her pathetic story, wouldn't you be likely to swell with pride
and exclaim: "Thank heaven, if such things used to be, they couldn't hap
pen in this Christian land in this era of peace and plenty!"
Suppose that, perusing the old manuscript further, you came to a
story of a roomful of orderly persons eating quietly in a tavern until sud
denly there was a commotion at the door and a band of men" wearing the
uniforms of officers rushed in, seized a number of these quiet citizens, men
and women alike, beat down their resistance and threw them boldly into
the street. Wouldn't you be inclined to look upon it as a picture of the dark
ages, as an example of feudal outrage in the rule of might over right?
Wouldn't your impulse be to rejoice that such scenes had passed away?
Then suppose you turned a page and read that about the same time
and in the same country a lust-crazed young man, red handed with murder,
after years of trifling with the laws of God and man, had bought his way
through the walls of a restraining institution and was bedevilling an en
tire continent in his impudent efforts to escape. Wouldn't you think it,
also, a nightmare of the buried past? "
Alas, these are not tales from ancient history. They are taken from
the chronicles of our day. All reflect the civilization of our richest city
and state. And still we wonder why there are reformers.
TO HOLD PUBLIC PRIZE BEEF
Dennis Lane, president of the Cat
tle Butchers' Union, together with
several others, will demonstrate at
Forest Park on Sunday, Aug. 31, and
Monday, Sept 1, Labor Day, why
the packing bosses should pay better
wages for the killing of cattle.
On Sunday Mr. Lane, Phil Murphy,
who for 12 years has held the record
for the quickest and cleanest slaugh
tering, Fred Kastendick, George
Schick, Jim Dennison and Joe Kamis
will have a prize beef killing contest.
There will be ten head of cattle.
All this will be in full public view
and the people will be able to see
why the Cattle Butchers' Union and
the American Federation are so de
termined to get better wages for the
men in the stockyards.
The management of Forest Park
will hold a big celebration in honor
of Labor Day on Sunday and Monday.
After the killing contest the beeves
will be prepared for roasting. On
Monday there will be a big public
barbecue, the largest of its kind ever
held in Chicago, and then the meats
will be served free to every one in
PACKING HOUSE TEAMSTERS
MAY STRIKE TUESDAY
The Packing House Teamsters
Union may strike next Tuesday when
their present contract with the Big
Bosses of the yards expire.
The men and the packers are at
present deadlocked over a new agree
ment. The men are asking for a hori-.
zontal wage increase of 5 cents an
hour for all yard drivers. The bosses
are opposing their demand.
The packers so far have taken no
steps to deal with the men. The
teamsters meet next Sunday and the
matter will be gone into thoroughly,