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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 10, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Rockefeller Jr., Mackenzie King and
Ivy Lee to answer certain questions
that they had refused to answer.
Questions bearing directly on the
woeful conditions in Colorado.
Was then the private car confer
ence in Madison with Prof. Commons
an attempt to list him on the employ
ers' side if it became necessary to
block a recommendation recalling the
Rockefeller witnesses?
Like the present doings of the
commission, it is a secret.
Prof. John R. Commons, a neutral
investigator, engaged in a great work
for the people, refuses to tell what it
was all about
"Did Weinstock and Aishton make
a special trip to Madison to confer
with you?" I asked him.
"Yes."
"When."
"Some time between the close of
the Washington hearing and the de
parture of Mr. Weinsjtock for San
Francisco." This was shortly before
the commission met in Chicago to
frame their report over which they
have split and are now fighting.
"Did they come on a special train?"
"No."
"In Aishton's private car?"
"Yes."
"Did they go to the university to
Eee you?"
, " "No."
"Where did you meet them?"
"At the depot"
"At what time?"
"It was 7 or 8 in the morning. We
conferred for an hour or two."
"What about? Had it anything to
do with the Rockefellers or an t
tempt to let them off easy in the
commission's report?"
"That I cannot talk about You
will have to get Mr. Weinstock to tell
you."
Twice I questioned Weinstock re
garding this trip. Each time he was
visibly annoyed and each time his
face grew red as he made denials.
The first time was in the Black
Stone hotel just after another "secret
1 conference." This time between ths
three employers' representatives and
Mrs. J. Borden Harriman and Prof.
Commons. This "secret" conference
was held during an adjournment of
the commission's regular sessions.
Chairman Frank P. Walsh knew
nothing about it until after it was
over and I had told him. The labor
representatives were not present
As that time I asked Weinstock
what he had had to see Prof. Com
mons about that necessitated a hur
ried and "secret" trip.
"I wanted to take up the matter
of testimony at part of the hearings
at which Prof. Commons was not
present"
Later I learned that summaries of
that testimony had been forwarded
to Commons daily.
Later I questioned Weinstock again.
"Your secret trip to see Prof. Com
mons, was it in connection with
Rockefeller or Rockefeller inter
ests?" "No."
' "In connection with an attempt to
head off a proposed recommendation
to compel Rockefeller testimony?"
"No."
"Did it have to do with a report
that would let the 'System' off easy?"
"No.'
"It wS important enough to make
a special trip in a private car. You
admit it was on commission busines&j
Will you tell what it was about?"
"No, I will not tell you."
"Before you said it had to do with
testimony Commons had not heard."
"Well, possibly there was some
thing like that"
"But you won't tell just what it
was?"
"No."
"I did not authorize such a trip,
nor do I know anything about it,"
declares Chairman Walsh.
Expense statements in the hands
of the secretary of the commission do
not show an accounting of the trip.
"I paid for it out of my own pock
et," declares Weinstock. "I did nod

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