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STRIKE BREAKERS BROUGHT
HERE AND ABANDONED
Jobless, penniless, starving, five
"strikebreakers," deserted by the one
who hired them, shambled into thu
office of the department of public
welfare to pleal for ifieans to return
to their home in Cincinnati.
They had been brought to Chicago
to do scab work for contractors who
had locked out union lathers. The
contractors had found they had no
use for them, so they kicked them
out and told them to "beat it."
These five have learned that the
path trodden by a "strikebreaker" is
not a primrose one. They have not
only lost caste with workingmen who
are fair, but they have been gleefully
knifed by an employer who no long
er required their services. For them
as it always is for all strikebreakers,
it was a game of "heads you win,
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In erality they are not "strike
breakers" though that is what they
hired as for there is no strike of
lathers. The lathers did not strike.
They were locked out.
"We were hired in Cincinnati Tues
day night," the men told Commis
sioner Leonora Z. Meder. "Our fare
was paid to Chicago. We were told
this would be taken out of our salar
ies. In Chicago we went to an office
where a man named J. W. Shelby,
who said he represented A. D. Pecoy,
17 N. La Salle, made us sign con-
"At Pecoy's office we were turned
over to a man named Cummings.
"We have been kept xirtual pris
oners in the Imperial hotel, 316 S.
State st. We have received no pay
and we are starving
"Friday morning we were kicked
out df the hotel. Cummings said he
didn't want us any more. We have
no money. We don't know how we
can get any. We want something to
eat and a way to get back to Cincin
nati" Mrs. Meder got busy with scant
ado She has started an investiga
tion that may prove unpleasant for
some members of the Employers' and
Cummings was seen. He admitted
the story of the men was substan
tially true. He seemed proud to
show the contracts which the men
signed, and which seemingly leave
them no right to recover damages.
The contracts were signed by J. W.
Shelby for The Empire Construction
The five wretched Cincinnatians
who were so easily duped and as
easily thrown on the junk heap by
their employer are: Isaac Jackson, A.
C. Sparks, Tom Allen, Rob't Van and
Far from holding animosity, White
City Council, union lathers against
whom the men were scabbing, will
through its inlividual members try"
to straighten oit the difficulties of
the misguided ones.
London. Cardinal Agliardi is dead,
according to Rome dispatch received
Toledo, 0. 5 big baking concerns
and 4 individuals indicted under Ohio
anti-trust law, on charge tf combina
tion of trade to raise price of bread
to 6 cents.
New York. Detectives searched
for "Jack the Ripper," believed re
sponsible for killing of Leonore
Cohen, a pretty five-year-old tene
Bridgeport, Conn. Mrs. Helen M.
Angle freed of charge of manslaugh
ter in connection with death of Waldo
Milwaukee. Jos. Kosick, charged
with murdering wife in attic of their
home in Cudahy, OctT'24, acquitted.
New York. Richard Peter Stegle'r,
central figure in passport" plot to re
fraud government in securing pass
ports for German reservists, sen
tenced to 60 days in county prison.
Arthur Pangborn, 4106 Vincennes
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