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LABOR BODY NOT IN SUBWAY
WAR COURT PLAN ATTACKED
The Chicago Federation of Labor
refused to be drawn into the subway-
squabble and repudiated Tomaz F.
Deuther of the Northwest Side Busi
ness Men's Association when he ap
peared before the federation yester
day and asked them to oppose the
building of subways.
As a substitute for the subway
Deuther proposed the improvement
of the elevated system.
The federation took the attitude
that it was not going to play the busi
ness men's game when the Tmsiness
men had fought them so bitterly in
their fight to improve working con
ditions. Elizabeth Maloney of the Wait
resses' Union charged that Deuther
was one of the worst enemies the
working" people had when they were
fighting for the 8-hour law.
Apd so, while the general opinion
seeemed to be that there was virtue
in Deuther's plan, the federation
tabled his request for .support. ,
William E. Rodriguez, candidate
for alderman of the 15th Ward, ripped
Judge Olson's new municipal court
plan all to pieces and threw the bits
out the window.
He showed that if 'Olson's plan
were adopted the Municipal Court
would be all-powerful. Hidden in the
trenches of verbiage, Rodriguez
pointed out, were -vital dangers tq.the
poor offender wiio might be brought
before the courts
Under th6jiew plan there would be
no grand jury and the defendant
would be entirely at the mercy of the
court, which, as the waitresses have
discovered, is not a very comfortable
position to be in.
He urged all union men to.fight the
The federation also went on
record as being opposed to the anti
smoking on street car ordinance, fos
tered by the Record-Herald.
After long debate the federation
decided that to stop smoking on
street car platforms was an infringe
ment on personal liberty.
The debate which attended the re
jection of the anti-smoking ordinance
was enlivened by the declaration of
John Harding that union men should
let booze alone because no booze bot
tles contained the union label.
The United Societies, which has a
strangle-hold on the votes of a large
percentage of the foreign-Americans
for a number of years, was denounc
ed as a foe to union labor.
Thomas Van Lear, Minneapolis, a
member of the International Asso
ciation of Machinists, was present""
and made a short talk, during which
:he said that Sen. Clapp admitted to
him that the Sherman anti-trust law
was not intended as an aid to the
working people of the country.
Encouragement was given the
WILL CONFER ON MINE WAGES
Delegates representing 400,000
coal miners, headed by International
President John P. White, will meet
with representatives of mine opera
tors of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio
and Illinois tomorrow to consider a
new wage scale.
Unless an agreement is reached by
April 1 the miners wilL stop work.
The men are asking for an increase
of 5 ents a ton, 10 per cent advance
on. dead work and day labor and that
all coal should be paid for on the mine
run basis. There is a strong possi
bility of trouble, as the operators say
they will notmake any concessions.
Several clashes with the Ohio mine
owners are expected.
A LITTLE TWISTED
.An eloquent Irish candidate, speak
ing" of a certain eminent statesman,
"Jlis smooth tongue is that of a
serpent which lures but to destroy,
and which holds .out sugar-plums in
one hand, while in the other it holds
an unsheathed dagger behind its