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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 10, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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A. B. Garrelson, James O'Connell
and John B. Lennon are the represen
tatives of labor, and, not being afraid
of John D., they are quite -willing to
walk on his corns, if Baid corns get
in the pathway of progress?
Frank P. Walsh, a big lawyer; Prof.
John R. Commons, a professor and
sociologist, and Mrs. J. Borden Har
riman, a wealthy society woman, are
the representatives of the rest of us
common humans who belong neither
to labor unions nor to plutocacy.
Basil M. Manley is the director of
research and investigation for the
commission. He is a man of figgers
and facts and thinks it is his duty to
report things as he sees them. All
folks look alike to Manly.
Now, Walsh, even if he is a lawyer,
is considerable of a human being. He
has plenty of money himself and the
biggest law practice in Kansas City,
but he isn't afraid of wealth and isn't
afraid of facts. To him a spade is a
spade and not an agricultural imple
ment So he is for standing by Man
ly's report of facts no matter whom
the facts help ox harm.
Prof. Commons has felt the iron
heel of plutocracy, but is a rather
timid sort and hates to -rough things
up for anybody. He thinks he be
lieves in democracy, with a little d,
but is disposed to put pantalettes on
naked facts so they won't look so
hairy and rough.
Mrs. Harriman is a woman of good
Intentions, who thinks she sympa
thizes with the under dog. She would
like to make the world better and
brighter if it could be done in a nice,
calm, ladylike and etikettical manner.
Of course, Weinstock wants a re
port that will make old Rockefeller
think Weinstock belongs to his set,
and Ballard and Aishton naturally
feel that it isn't quite the thing to rub
the bristles of Big Biz the wrong way.
So Walsh and the three labor men
will fearlessly report Manly's facts,
and Commons and Mrs. Harriman
will probably write a mollycoddle re
port of their own, and Ballard" and
Aishton wfll meekly trail along with,
Weinstock.
That means three reports. Yes
terday another secret session was
held, and there was evidently some
plain talk but not for the public ear.
In the meantime, The Day Book has
been trying to find out about a trip
in a private car to Madison, Wis., for
which trip Railroad Magnate Aishton
of the Northwestern furnished the
car and Weinstock the incentive
and probably most of the conversa
tion. Anyhow, here is Dean Halli
day's story of the secret trip of the
department store gink and the rail
road magnate for a private confer
ence with Professor Commons:
BY DEAN HALL1DAY
There is another dark mystery in
the brewing scandal involving the
report of the industrial relations com
mission! It concerns a hurried secret trip in
a private car to Madison, Wis., an
early morning conference in a rail
way depot with a commissioner one
believed to be a neutral.
The two men who made the flying
trip in the private car are Commis
sioners Harris Weinstock and Rich
ard H. Aishton. Weinstock is a bank
er. Aishton vice president of a rail
road. The private car was Aishton's.
The man they were in such a hur
ry to see was Commissioner John
Rogers Commons.
What they talked about they will
not tell yet it was commission busi
ness. Was the trip made on behalf of the
Rockefeller interests?
The secret trip was made on June
2. It followed the Washington hear
ings of the commission at which
Rockefeller and Rockefeller hirelings
refused to testify on certain points
regarding the Colorado situation.
The labor men had demanded that
the commission as a body take action
compelling the Rockefellers to toe
the mark. They wanted action which
would result in congress compallina

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