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lat that figure within a few hours'
"We faced this situation in New
York last year. Egg speculators at
tempted to corner the storage mar
ket We told them we cbuld buy
eggs and sell them for 32 and 35
cents a dozen. They found out we
could 'deliver the goods' and eggs
dropped from 60 cents to a much
"Our plans are better laid this year
and we wouldn't need to put more
than 6,000,000 or 7,000,000 eggs on
the market to break the top prices."
Mrs". Chamberlain declared the
dealers were inclined to be fair, but
that the cold storage speculators
might keep up the egg prices unless
housewives band themselves together
in a boycott.
HOBO KING BOUND. WEST
Jeff Davis, president of the Hoboes'
Union, has received a contribution of
$39.60 from Chicago union men,
which he sent to his wife and two
children in Cincinnati.
Davis will start "bumming" his
way to the American Federation of
Labor convention, where he will ask
the federation to indorse his plea for
the repeal of all existing vagrancy
laws on the ground that they are
LABOR'S PARLIAMENT AND A LABOR PROGRAM
The most important convention of the year is in session in Seattle.
More important than congress. For congress can do no more than pass
laws which the people either want or don't want. And laws are of little
account without public sentiment behind them.
It is public sentiment which is getting itself formulated in Seattle at
the 33d annual convention of the American Federation of Labor the senti
ment of the real makers of the nation.
When labor in America once makes up its mind what it wants, it has
the power to get it. The problem of government in America is to find but
what labor wants. The problem of democracy in America is to teach labor
to want what it ought to have the fruits of its toil, the dignity of its ser
vice, the ability to think straight and the desire to be just.
Easily the first question at Seattle is how labor should organize
whether into split-up crafts, each with a very overhead expense and liable,
in a crisis, to pull apart; or into the "one big union," with labor's strength
wielded as a unit.
This isn't a question which onlookers can answer. Labor alone can
decide it, in the light of experience. The debate promises to be interesting
and instructive; but a change from" the traditional basis of organization
need hardly be expected soon. If it shall come at all it will come only when
the great body of the workers of the country shall have made clear that they
want it and will be satisfied with nothing else.
, Another subject of vital importance is government by gunmen the
sub-letting 6f the police power to hired mercenaries in the pay of labor
This defiance of popular rule has become extensive and intolerable.
Labor must end it or bid adieu to freedom. It has the power to end it if it
will use its power at the ballot box. Here is an issue upon which it certainly
ought to unite.
A generation of experience, in working together has prepared the
workers of America to hasten their advance. At Seattle their parliament
may thresh out a program. That oncfr agreed upon, the next step should
be to push it with enthusiasm, not split into factions and consume energy
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