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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 12, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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stood up and yelled. It was some min
utes before order could be restored.
In introducing Walsh, John W.
Fitzpatrick, president of the Chicago
Federation of Labor, told him he had
been the victim of underhand attacks
in the trust press and how attempts
had been made to Intimidate him.
"The last thing I want to do is to
pose as a martyr," Walsh said. "The
year has been the happiest of my
life. I have been enjoying myself
tremendously and the comments I
make here are made by a free Amer
ican citizen.
"The conviction of Lawson is but
an incident in this struggle for the
principle of a government for the
people. Lawson's case is the case of
the American working people.
"Lawson was not sentenced to life
imprisonment for the murder of John
Mimo. He was sentenced for his de
fiance of the Rockefeller interests.
"Rockefeller does not only own the
mining property of that state, but he
owns the courts, the legislature, the
governor and the majority of the peo
ple. "Before me his son called him 'the
largest retired investor in the world.'
This was proven untrue by cor
respondence between Lemont Bow
ers, head of the Colorado Fuel and
Iron Co., and himself.
"A telegram, given this commis
sion by a union operator in Denver,
exposed a chain of letters which
proved conclusively that Rockefeller
took a deep and active interest in
everything which occurred during the
strike. I want to say to the editors
of the trust press who have attacked
me that if they will read this letters
and still deny that Rockefeller did
not take an active interest in the
strike and conviction of Lawson that
they would pay $5 for a bottle of hair
restorer to a bald-headed barber.
"I am not animated by a personal
enmity against Rorkefeller. I pity
him from the bottom of my heart On
his 76th birthday he doubled the
guard about his home at Pontico
inns and erected a new barrier inside
of the old one. There he lives in a
prison of his own making.
"Look at Mother Jones here. An
agitator, loved and respected by
thousands and then think of Rocke
feller. "Whether or not the congress ol
the U. S. is representing the people
or are the hirelings of our industrial
overlords will be proven by the action
i they take upon the reports of this
commission.
"Are we doing our best to bring
about a better state of society? Let's
' hope so. I would that I will live to
see the day when the workingman
gets what he earns. When the law
will be so broad that tremendous for
tunes will not go from father to son."
' When it will be impossible to accu
mulate these fortunes which are. a
menace to the free people. And when
a free people wil awaken and estab
lish a great democracy which will
stand before the world true to the
first principles of its creation."
John W. Fitzpatrick, president of
the federation, presided as chairman
of the big meeting.
"This is a regular meeting of the
federation to discuss the outrages
perpetrated against organized labor
in Colorado," he said. "It happens to
be the Lord's day, so it is fitting that
we have James Lord, president of the
Mining Department of the A. F. L.,
to address us."
Lord rehearsed the events which
led up to the conviction of Lawson.
He told how the miners were so op
pressed that every ten years an in
dustrial revolution swept the mines
of Colorado.
"Lawson had as much chance be
fore that venue jury, picked from the
streets in front of the courthouse, as
Christ had before Pontius Pilate,"
Lord said. 'Lawson was miles away
, when the man he was accused of
! murdering died. Nevertheless he was
convicted.
"John D. Rockefeller was miles
away when babies were burned and
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