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LABOR BODY RESOLUTION DECLARES AGAINST
WAR CALL IT BARBARIANISM
"If war is hell, then let those who
believe in it go to hell."
When Cornelius Lehane, Irishman,
cried forth these words at the meet
ing of the Chicago Federation of La
bor Sunday the audience arose and
Lehane, a labor leader of Ireland,
was one of the speakers of a 2-hour
anti-war demonstration, at the end of
which the federation passed unani
mously a resolution praying that
Pres. Wilson resist the influence of a
war-mad press and exert every en
ergy to holding this country's neu
The resolution, introduced by J. J.
Walt of the structural iron workers,
condemns war as a reversion to bar
barism. It relates that the American
working man has no quarrel with his
brother across the sea, and it damns
the jingo press and asks that if neces
sary a congress of American labor be J
called in Washington witn delegates
from every union in the country to J
protest to the last moment against
any move for war.
"It will be the working people who
will be in front of the fire and it will
be them who will afterwards have to
bend their backs with the burden of
debts," said Cong. Frank Buchanan.
"The capitalist who holds the dollar
above the man will recline in luxury
while workingmen are giving blood
and destroying." Former Cong. H.
Robert Fowler made a plea for peace.
J. J. Walt made reference to "A four
flusher from Oyster Bay who holds
It was Lehane who really "brought
down the house."
"England has violated every inter
national' law," said Lehane, "for in
stance, in Egypt a few years ago.
When she came to Ireland and asked
us to free Belgium we told her that
- she had made a Belgium of Ireland
until its population was reduced from
nine to four millions. She asked for
300,000 volunteers to go and fight the
Germans and she got 15,000. That is
all the Irish who have enlisted to date.
The Irish labor unionists said 'we
won't light our brothers with whom
we have no quarrel.' "
"Injunction Judges Jesse Baldwin
and Jesse Holdom" were given a slam
When the executive board of the fed
eration was told to begin a move that
will result in every union member
getting a letter urging the expend
iture of every effort to defeat these
two judicial candidates.
Warning was given that Baldwin
and Holdom are gravely dangerous to
free speech and free press. Their
names are linked in the letter with
Big Business and the State St. de
partment stores. "Nowhere in this
entire country is there recorded such
drastic, and sweeping injunctions
against the liberties of the people as
have been issued by these twin
Jesse's, injunction judges," says the
Elizabeth Maloney, of the wait
ress' union, was chosen by acclama
tion to represent the Chicago federa
tion at the convention of women
trades unionists in New York.
The proposition to hold rifle prac
tice in school halls was condemned
and a committee will protest to the
school managers committee.
Clemency for Leo M. Frank was re
quested by unanimous vote.
JOE WILL STAND UP NOW
Joe Digatno will not sit down for
many days, for last night, in the Em
pire theater at G73 W. Madison St., a
revolver in his pocket went off.
Digatno lives at 729 W. Madison st
He told the police a man shot him
His wife claims he became so ex
cited watching a wild west film he
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