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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 4

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WALKER POINTS AT CROOKEDNESS OF COURTS
v BEFORE THE FEDERAL COMMISSION
Crookedness of American courts
and judges was pointed at by John H.
Walker, president Illinois Federation
of Labor, as partners in labor graft in
the United States before the federal
industrial relations commission yes
terday. Crooked labor leaders, such as Sam
Parks of New York or Mayor Schmitz
of San Francisco, could never pull off
their stunts unless they had crooked
pals sitting as solemn judges over law
courts was the substance of Walker's
charge.
Commissioner Weinstock put the
query: "When I traveled over Great
Britain and Australia as labor com
missioner of California, nowhere did
I find grafters in the labor move
ment and the integrity of labor lead
ers stood unquestioned -.have they
developed more honest leadership
and if so, why?"
Walker replied: "I have been
abroad and I know there is a big dis
tinction between our country and
Great Britain. There, when a case
is taken to court, in 99 per cent of
them, the case is decided absolutely
on the law and the evidence. Persons
of experience in this country know
absolutely that the courts in our
country are not as automatically justice-dealing
as over there.
"You have said, Mr. Weinstock,
that when Sam Parks was let out of
jail, he was elected by his union to
act as marshal of a Labor Day parade.
You wonder why he was awarded that
honor if he had just got out of jail
for grafting. I think it can he ex
plained. "If Sam Parks had the protection
of courts and judges for his sluggers
and if he could convince the members
of his union that he had the courts
backing his sluggers, then the mem
bers of his union would not take it as
any disgrace to be convicted by such
courts. Under such conditions, even I
would elect him to be Labor Day mar
shal when he got out of jail."
TELEGRAPiHBRIEFS
Columbus. State of Ohio today
prepared to go into coal and oil busi
ness, profits to go in state treasury.
Urbana, III. Dr. J. Hyatt, Newcas
tle, Ind., physician -who was present
at birth of Katherine Winters, posi
tive body of child disinterred from
Mount Hope cemetery not that of
Winters girl.
Milwaukee. Rev. Louis R. Pat
mont disappeared again while being
taken from Milwaukee to Detroit.
Racine, Wis. Mrs. Pietro Hather,
member of gypsy band, gave birth to
first gypsy baby born in Racine
county.
New Orleans. Declared absolute
cure for bubonic plague discovered
here. 4 victims reported recovering, 1
cured.
Altoona, Pa. Benjamin Boycott,
sup't money registry and postal sav
ings dep't, arrested on charge of
opening mail.
Wabash, Ind. Mary Talmage, 11,
killed by auto when she stepped from
street car.
Ottumwa, la. Chas. Wallace, pro
prietor, and Chas. Havenor, 16,
boarder, cremated in fire that destroy
ed Broadway restaurant.
Kansas City, Mo. Agreement
reached between wage scale commit
tee of operators and miners of Mis
souri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ar
kansas. St. Petersburg. Strike called as
protest against severe, measures of
authorities at Baku against strikers
spreading. 160,000 men out.
Champagne, III. Dr. Thatcher
Howard Guild, University of Illinois,
dropped dead.
Cleveland. Vandals smashed some
nlate trlass windows in Foresf Hill Pl
over in Great Britain, I think they tate of John D. Rockefeller.-
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