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MCLAUGHLIN'S KICK AGAINST
LABOR MEN IS PROBED
Charges and counter charges flew
back and forth yesterday between
John McLaughlin, building contrac
tor, who threatens to expose some
union business- -agents, and the
friends of those against whom Mc
Laughlin is hitting.
The labor leaders claim that
George Hammond, who was killed by
Contractor Patrick Dignan, John
Haley and Michael Norris did not
call the strike in McLaughlin's yards,
as McLaughlin says.
The union men also accuse Mc
Laughlin of firing the first shot in
the war of the contractors' organ
ization against union labor.
Norris, who is one of the men
blamed by McLaughlin, said of the
"McLaughlin defends his action by
saying he is not a copper. Then I
am not a copper when I charge that
John J. McLaughln, while seated in
his office, where I had been called,
offered me $2,000 to call a strike of
teamsters employed by the Produc
ers' Stone Company. This was in
October last. McLaughlin is a gravel
man and he wanted a strike so as to
have gravel substituted for stone in
many cases. I refused and left his
office in anger.
"The next night he sent 'Bennie'
Mitchell to my home at 3251 West
Congress street to urge me to take
the $2,000. I refused. Then he
wanted me to go to a saloon on Har
rison street, where we could have a
talk. I shut the door in his face and
he went away.
"I did not see McLaughlin Tuesday
or on Wednesday, as he states. I
have not seen .him in four months.
He tried to talk to me Wednesday
over a telephone, but I refused. Mc
Laughlin is a tricky politician. He
expects to be able to hire teamsters
for what he wants to give them 'if
he gets a, few labor officials. But I
never received a cent from McLaugh
lin in my life." ,
On the other hand District Attoiv
ney Wilkerson is said to have obtain
ed information which will show that
a ring of business agents, without
the knowledge of the rank and file,
shook down contractors by threaten
ing to call a strike.
In this way thousands of labor
men, without cause or without get
ting any benefits, have been plunged
into a costly strike.
Meanwhile, the trust papers are
eating up the story and attempting'
to throw a cloud of suspicion on the
whole trades union movement. But
the great majority of union officials
have announced their willingness to
have an investigation. It would be
an effective way of tossing away the'
E. C. Kimball, a brick manufac
turer, said $13,000 was paid to'settle
the brick strike.
William Schlake, president of the
Illinois Brick Co., and president of.
the Material Men's Association, of
which McLaughlin is a member, de
nied this to a reporter for The Day
Book and said that not a cent was
paid to any labor leader. Schlake
handled the settlement of the strike,
for the brick trust.
McLaughlin will probably go be
fore the federal grand jury some
THE BANK MESS
It has become known that on May
28th Lorimer turned over $231,000
securities t othe city to insure the city
of loss and short time later turned
over $50,000 more.
Rumored that LaSalle street bank
paid 3 per cent interest on city de
posits 2 to city and to some
Ex-Sen. Paynter, eKntucky, admits
borrowing $40,000 from LaSalle,
State's Attorney Hoyne interviewed'
Mrs. Mary Kuhns Brady, "Michigan!
wife" of state auditor.
Cook county grand jury may again
take up matter today.