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SAYS PRESS AND PINKERTONS
HELPED I. C. IN FIGHT
Newspapers and Pinkertons helped
the Illinois Central railroad beat sys
tem federation strikers, according to
Pres. C. H. Markham of the I. C. be
fore U. S. industrial relations com
mission. "Newspapers and public
opinion were with us overwhelmingly
in all cities where the strike was on,"
he said "When the strike was called
we hired 1,000 watchmen through
our chief special agent, Kellarman."
Chairman Walsh: How were the
places of the strikers filled?
Markham: In the usual way. Ar
rangements were made with employ
ment agencies who make a specialty
of that field. The agencies advertise
for men who are told the purpose for
which they are hired. The plan then
is for the railway to pay the agenpy
a certain sum daily for each man. We
took advantage of these agencies and
were glad to get their service. We
could not have run the railroad withr
out some such service.
Walsh: What are the names of
some of the agencies?
Markham: The Pinkerton agency
and the Hannon are the only ones I
recall just now. There were others.
Walsh:' Of the shop crafts who
went on strike there were car men,
blacksmiths, machinists, boilermak
ers .sheet iron workers, steam fitters,
painters and decorators, clerks and
, Markham: Those are all.
Walsh: What percentage of them
went on strike?
Markham: Close to 100 per cent
went out. They didn't know it was
going to be a prolonged strike.
Robert T. Lincoln's doctor sent a
certificate" saying R. T. L. is sick and
has been for five years. He is chair
man of the Pullman Co. board of di
rectors and has held the job during
this "sickness." The commission will
discuss whether it wants to bring Lin
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