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I SI I ALL LABOR FORM ITS OWN PARTY? A. F. OF
L. IS FACE TO FACE WITH GREAT QUESTION
Seattle, Wash., Nov. 14. Whether
thev shall have a National Labor
Party or not is now squarely before
the delegates to the American Fed
eration of Labor convention in ses
sion here. For George L. Berry, pres
ident of the International Pressmen's
Union, has offered a resolution call
ing for the formation of such a labor
party and asks that the federation,
as a whole, pursue a course of politi
cal, as well as industrial, activity.
The subject of a labor party was
first broached when Louis Kemper of
the brewers, and C. L. Baine of the
boot and shoe workers made an ex
haustive report on their visit in Sep
tember to the British labor congress.
Kemper, who read the report, after
reviewing the labor and industrial
conditions in Great Britain, sub
mitted an additional report of his
own, in which he srld:
"Though the trades unions of
Great Britain have accomplished
much bv their industrial activity,
they would be far LESS effective
than they are if it were not for their
labor party and the labor members of
Baine jumped to his feet instantly.
"I am strongly opposed," he said, "to
the formation by the American Fed
eration of Labor of a labor party.
President Gompers has long op
posed the idea of the federation's go
ing into politics, as he is a "trades
unionist" pure and simple. The "so
cialist" clique is for political activity.
Kemper's personal report favoring
a labor party was received with
cheers; Baine's objection was receiv
ed in silence.
Later Kemper said:
"Though I did not say so in my
public report, I am in favor of a labor
party which shall have place on the
national and on all other political
tickets and elect labor men to every
office, from justice of the peaceto the
WEDDING GIFTS A WHITE HOUSE BRIDE GETS
When Alice Roosevelt was married to Nicholas Longworth in the
White House February 17, 1906, her wedding presents were estimated at
$250 000. Many of them came from foreign governments and rulers.
France sent her a wonderful piece of Gobelin tapestry, worth, perhaps,
?25,000. , m , ,
The Cuban government gave her a rope of pearls of equal value.
The empress of China remembered her with a dower chest filled with
From the emperor of Japan she received a piece, of rare embroidery
and two fine silver vases. .
Other almost priceless gifts came from the kings of Italy and Spain
and the emperor of Austria.
The United States Senate and Housfe of Representatives did not give
her anything officially, but the New York delegation sent a beautiful
"favrile" glass set of several dozen pieces.
She received a box of peaches, apricots andplums from CaPe Colony,
South Africa. .
H. C. Frick sent a trunkful of grapes, strawbernes-and other delicacies.
Members of the United States Supreme Court sent flowers.
There was a, silver service from the Rough Riders' Association, and
,a working model of a rifle in solid gold from the United States army.
A Pittsburgh friend of Longworth sent a bull dog.
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