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and the gentlemen he works for
fought the union and killed it. There
are about 3,000 chambermaids in
Chicago. Also they are many thou
sand domestic servants. They all
should be organized.
"State laws do them no good un
less they are organized. They are
afraid of their jobs and can't get
laws enforced unless they have their
union back of them. Every law our
union stood for at Springfield was
opposed by the employers."
Edward T. Bent for the Illinois
Coal Operators' Ass'n proved the
most serious; thoughtful witness thus
far offered by the employing inter
ests. He said there are three kinds
of strikes among miners: (1) The
local revolt to impose demands sanc
tioned by the state or international
union. (2) Independent action,
where the dispute has been taken up
in the proper way before the joint
board of miners and operators and
the miners' board gives notice of a
shutdown before an agreement is ef
fected. (3) A general suspension at
expiration of contracts. He muck
raked the mining industry with these
The mines operate in Illinois an
average of 170 days in a year and the
pay and work of miners is not regu
lar as it ought to be. Miners have a
right to be restless under the condi
tions. In the Illinois mining indus
try are 25,000 more men than needed.
Railway and other interests are sink
ing too many hew mines and wasting
enormous, amounts of coal. There
were 17 failures of mining companies
in Illinois last year.
To improve the conditions he ad
vises: An arbitration act like Can
ada's, calling for public investigation
before there can be a strike. Wider
government regulation of mines to
stop waste. Pass the German law
which forbids opening of a new mine
except by consent of government' ex
perts. "Whenever there is a large influx
of non-English speaking workers
from Southern Europe, there is dan
ger," said Bent "The men who
translate for them mis-translate.
Wherever our association finds an
undue percentage of -these foreign
ers there is also an undue disregard
Duncan McDonald, secretary
treasurer Illinois Mine Workers, said
he sees no absolute remedy for the
terrific conditions in mining fields ex
cept government ownership.
"The i Gtara Coal Company is
running a vicious loan shark game,"
he said. "They loan money to work
ers between pay days and charge 10
per cent interest. It should be a
crime for a company to do this.
"Stockholders live away from
mines and are not interested in those
who work the mines.
"We are running eight co-operative
stores now. In time we hope to own
and run co-operative mines. All the
co-operative stores are a success.
They sell pt regular prices, the same
as other stores and rebate to the pur
chasers in proportion to amount purchased."
HOYNE THREATENS CRIMINAL
PROSECUTION ON McCORMICK.
State's Att'y Maclay Hoyne threat
ens criminal prosecution of Presi
dent Alexander A. McCormick of the
county board for obstructing the
state's- attorney's office by vetoing
bills from there. Hoyne declares
that it is holding up the investigation
of the defunct LaSalle Street Bank
and blames McCormick for the col
lapse of his assistant, Charles C.
Case, who had charge of the bank
"He is just as responsible for Mr.
Case's condition as thought he
brought it about with that end in
view," said Mr. Hoyne. "Because
bills were held up by McCormick, Mr.
Case was forced to work on the
books of the bank, doing the work of
a bookkeeper and expert accountant.
He worked until he collapsed,"
County Comptroller Ryan and five
-"-a jatu .