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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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and then report to the people. Newspaper reports are often based on hear
say or are colored to favor one side or the other.
In all strikes the play is made by both sides to public opinion. Realiz
ing the importance of public sentiment, the clothing manufacturers em-,
ployed a press agent 'right after the strike started. That press agent 14
hired to get all the newspaper publicity he can for the employers' side of
the argument The news stories in some of the papers show that he Is
earning his money, for the employers are getting all the best of the breaks.
Now, if your assistant who is to investigate from the standpoint of the
striking garment workers makes the most of his opportunity, he can help
you break up the vicious practice of hiring thugs, sluggers and gunmen tp
help Chicago employers win strikes.
And the other assistant will do his duty, of course, and any of the.
strikers who ,may be guilty of lawless violence will have to take their
If the strikers who have taken the law into their own hands have to
take their medicine, fair play demands that lawless employers be forced to
take their medicine, too.
I charge that it is a common practice in Chicago for employers to take
the law into their own hands by employing thugs, sluggers and gunmen as
a private army to make war on striking employes.
I charge that in the past employers have hired, disreputable thugs and
criminals, armed them with clubs and guns and had them clothed with
authority of the law and with the right to kill, as special policemen ori
Of course, you Know there, have been assaults, numerous arrests and
some murders. And I believe the people generally have faith not only in
your fearlessness, but also in your absolute integrity as a public service.
That's why your action in this investigation is mighty important. I
think the people believe you will give bothsides a square deal and you are
not to be swerved from your path of duty either by fear of punishment or
hope of reward.
So far your record as a public servant is clean. You have not been
afraid of newspapers or of political bosses. You have not been afraid to
investigate rich taxdodgers, powerful labor leaders, crooked policemen, po
litical bank-wreckers or influential crooks.
You have done a tremendous amount of hard work and have already
rendered important public service, and I hope you understand now that
nothing you have done is more important than the job you have now
tackled of putting a stop to lawless violence both by .employers and
YOU can put a stop to the use of hired thugs, sluggers, and gunmen in
beating working men and women into subjection. And I believe you are
the only public servant in Chicago who has the sand to do it So go to it,
Mac, and more power to you. N. D. COCHRAN, Editor of The Day Book.