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terests had a stenographer in court i loons (Stites and Charlie West) sell
taking down dictation." ing liquor to minors were continued
The cases against two other sa- I until Oct. 27, 1914.
CHARGES ALECK MCCORMICK WAS DIRECTOR
OF LABOR-HATING NEWSPAPER TRUST
A newspaper man who used to
work for one of the loop dailies sends
The Day Book his view of the record
toward organized labor of Alexander
McCormick, candidate for president
of the County Board. This former re
porter is now in a business where he
might have to take punishment if the
trust press got sore on him. How
ever, he says that if any real chal
lenge or refutation of this record is
made by friends of McCormick, he
will come out into the open and with
further proofs. These are the points
On the night of July 1, 1898 the
eve of the battle of Santiago a com
mittee representing the Allied Print
ing Trades Council, th Stereotypers'
Union and the Chicago Federation of
Labor, called on Alexander McCor
mick (then manager of the Times
Herald) , picked by the big newspaper
publishers as their spokesman.
He turned the committee down.
He helped direct the .employers' war
on the strikers.
Private detectives were hired and
also sluggers. Three days of fight
ing and the imported sluggers and
strikebreakers, with the. assistance of
the police, had won the day for the
newspaper bosses, whose adjutant
was A. A. McCormick.
A boycott was placed on the morn
ing Record. It went on the rocks a
short time later. The Daily News
went on the unfair list and was on
The newspaper bosses issued a
statement July 6, 1898, saying: "In
view of the threatening demonstra
tions of the stereotypers and other
similar organizations, it was decided
some general policy should be adopt
ed and adhered to. We, the"pubUsli-
ers and managers of the various daily
newspapers, having full authority
and power to control the newspapers
we represent, have mutually agreed
to co-operate one with another in
resisting the demands of our organ
ized employes, and the grievance of
one paper shall be made the griev
ance of all. In case of trouble for
one paper the fullest co-operation
and support of all the others will be
tendered. Negotiations with strikers
shall be through the regular organi
As spokesman for the regular or
ganization committee of the publish
ers at that time, it was understood
by the labor men then that Alexan
der McCormick wrote this statement
and that McCormick was one of the
leading figures in the organization
of the trust press.
During his term as president of the
board, McCormick has been persist
ent in his refusal to employ union
elevator men in the County building
and other buildings under his control,
and his antagonism even has been
directed against the scrubwomen
whose plea for increased pittance
was scornfully refused.
In this conection labor, represent
ed by the Chicago Building Trades'
Council, made the following charges
in resolutions unanimously adopted
a few days ago :
That as president of the County
Board Alexander A. McCormick has
"struggled bitterly to cut the wages
of union men to a point lower than
is paid by private business houses."
That he has "followed this up by
trying to raise the salaries of political
That he has "forbidden the serving
of milk, butter and sugar to the un
fortunates at the poor farm."
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