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i testimony on June 15. Soon after
wards they met at their field head
quarters in Chicago to draw up their
Based on certain of the testimony
and on the refusal of soine testimony
regarding certain of the Rockefeller
activities it was expected that the
commission would proceed to draw
up red-hot recommendations as rem
edies. In other words report "with
Their meetings are in "secret," fol
lowing a hasty vote on the subject,
with, it is said, only a part of the
commission present, the absent ones
No news is given out and the
"press" is barred.
As representative of The Day Book
I asked to be allowed to be present at
the hearings. I was refused.
I then made a more formal de
mand in writing and the commission,
overruling Walsh, Garretson, O'Don
nell and Lennon, voted a refusal.
The report must be finished by
August 15. Then it must be printed
and In Washington by August 23.
But at this late date there is this
rumor of a split in the commission,
of discord behind closed doors.
Basil M. Manley, expert investi
gator, has drawn up a tentative re
port It is said to be red hot It is
said to strike right at the heart of
existing labor conditions and capital
istic corruption. It is said to have
It is also said to contain a recom
mendation that by an act of congress
Rockefeller, Mackenzie King, or the
man who hired and directed King, be
called before the bar of the house of
representatives and made to tell the
truth about the Colorado situation.
Testimony that was refused the pres
Also that Daniel Davenport, coun
sel for the anti-Boycott association,
be summoned and made to tell how
he earned his salary which is said to
.fee near the $100,000 mark.
If congress acted on such a recom
mendation and the witnesses refused
to testify they would be liable to In
dictment by the grand jury of the Dis
trict of Columbia. Their punishment
would be a $5,000 fine or six months
in prison or both.
It is this drastic recommendation,
it is rumored, that the capitalistic
division are said to be trying to block.
For Borne reason a "secret" con
ference was held In a room in the
Blackstone hotel. Held during an
adjournment of the regular session.
Those present were the three rep
resentatives of employers: Harris
Weinstock, S. Thurston Ballard,
Richard H. Aishton. Also Mrs. J.
Borden Harriman and Prof. John R.
Commons. The latter two are believ
ed to have been won over to the em
Chairman Walsh and the labor men
were not present
Prof. Commons, it is hinted, is
working upon a report "without
teeth" which is intended to be a sub
stitute for the disputed Manley re
port Although denied by those present it
is believed that the "secret" meeting
in the hotel room was a conference
on this substitute report
With Cartoonist Satterfield I tried
to "break into" the commission's
"secret meeting" at headquarters. It
is held in the library of their head
quarters on the sixth floor of the
When we got past pages and secre
taries galore and had penetrated al
most to the door of the "secret"
meeting room we found the door
guarded by a huskily built individual.
We sent in our request to be allow
ed to enter, thensat down. For a
minute the door was left open. Com
missioner. Weinstock saw us, rose
with a frown and slammed the door.
It is a secret meeting!
Weinstock leads the employers di
vision which is believed to be fight
ing for a "toothless" report His
home is In San Francisco. , He is a
director of the National Bank of Sac-
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