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' Jhat come around and play on his
needs and his -weak points? Do you
Jtnow that for every lahor maa that
asks an employer for money there
are ten employers who shove Oils sort
of dirty, stinkingidevirs-Qoin into his
hand and say: 'Come alongwith us;
here's money; and there's more
where this came from.'
"Here is a case where they tried to
buy the wrong man. Riordan tele
phoned us a few minutes after each
of the two checks was paid him.
When Malter phoned Riordan to meet
him, Riprdan told us about it and re
ported every detail of the dirty
A Day Book reporter saw Max Mal
ter at his office, 3836 N, Clark st. The
"Information comes to us that you
have paid money to a union business
agent for the purpose of wrecking a
union. We want your comment on it."
"Who has been to see you?"
"I can't say anything to you except
that the editor of The Day Book is in
formed that you have paid money to
a union business agent and he wants
a statement from you."
Malter rubbed his hands, blinked
rapidly with a pair of brown eyes. He
asked more questions. The reporter
refused to answer. Then Malter came
across with this much of a statement:
"I don't know any business agent
of any union. I have not paid any
money to any union official in the
past two weeks, I have not seen nor
talked with any union official."
A Day Book reporter took the two
checks paid, signed with Maker's
name, to the State Bank of Chicago,
135 W. Washington st. The cashier
looked the checks over, compared
'them with signatures of Malter's
name and said:
"This is the signature of Mr. Mal
ter and we will make payment any
time W. J. Riordan endorses the
checks by signing his name on the
backs of them."
Here is RIordan's story, which he I
says he is willing to put into the fom
of a sworn statement:
"The Tailors, Cleanere & Dyers'
ass'n wants to put the Dye House
Workers' union out of business be
cause the union In six months has
grown on the North and West Sides
from a membership of 50 to 600, It is
forcing more and more employers to
pay higher wages. There is a com
bination of the big dry clean houses
known as the Big Six.
"A few weeks ago our union bust
ed into the Big Six and signed up
the Star Cleaners & Dyers at 2417 N.
Western av. The Big Six is afraid
we are going to take away more of
"All of the Big Six have lost busi
ness heavily since our union was or
ganized. Union men and union tail
ors refuse to send their stuff to a
scab house. We increased the busi
ness of the Unique, 2346 W. Chicago
av., in a few weeks, so that company
had to put-on two extra wagons. The
Graham & Daniel Co. tried to get an
injunction last week to stop our or
ganizers" from talking to workers
they employ. Judge Arnold denied
them a writ
"I am showing you now why it
would pay them to break the union.
But they won't be able to do it. We're
going on from a membership of 600
to 1,800 in the next year."
"On Aug. 17 Malter called me on
the phone and asked me to come to
his office at 3836 N. Clark. 'I want
to talk about union business with
you,' he said. I went out and talked
with him an hour or so. I tried to
get him to sign an agreement with
the union. We said it was to my best
interests to work along with the env
ployers. He said: 'If you come alongi
with us we will see that you gen
$1,000 cash when the union is vut'
out of business. We will see that
you have a good-paying, steady post
tion with a big dry clean and dy$
"Malter put a check for $25 in my
band and said; 'Maybe you need