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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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CORN PRODUCTS PLANT TIED UP
BY STRIKE
A month ago the Corn Products
Refining Co. printed their annual re
port which showed millions in profits
and dividends for "thestockholders.
It was such reports which caused the
stock and bond holders of the coun
try to murmur "prosperity."
Now there is a little industrial re
volution down at the corn products
refining plant in Argo, 111. Two hun
dred and fifty Russians walked out
of the starch factory, and as this is
the stomach of the plant, 850 men
were forced out of work in an hour.
It appears that a Russian paper
published the annual report of the
company. This report was discussed
for weeks among the employes. Yes
terday 250 men marched around the
shops shouting in English "we want
a quarter." This means that they
want 25 cents an hour for their work.
They have been getting 17 y2 cents.
There are no churches in Argo and
at the command of Pres. Wilson of
the company, all saloons were closed.
Guards have surrounded the plant
and a regiment of special police will
be sworn in if necessary.
The company recently gave a 10
per cent voluntary increase to the
employes who had been there a year
and a 5 per cent increase to those
who had worked for six months. The
hundreds of men who have ben em
ployed since the time want a raise.
Daily mass meetings will be held in
Argo theater where addresses will be
made in Russian. So far there has
been no trouble.
NEW
STRIKE IN SIOUX CITY
PACKING PLANTS
Sioux City, la., March 14. Declar
ing 6 strike leaders have been dis
charged by Cudahy management here
because qf their activity in strike of
2 weeks ago 200 men in Cudahy plant
went out on a strike. Predict every
man in Cudahy and Armour plants
will go on strike.
HOYNE HAS-INFORMATION COPS
PAY FOR PROMOTION
Promotions on police force are
bought by officers who want to go
higher up. And way high up on the
police force, promotions are sold for
cash.
This is the condition State's At
torney Hoyne says now exists, ac
cording to information brought to
him. The latest appointment by
Chief Healey of three lieutenants to
captaincies, taking one man seventh
on the civil service list, are discussed
by Hoyne in a statement last night:
"Do the appointments of Lieuts.
Gallery, Russell, and Westbrook rep
resent a 'kick-in' a proposition of
having to come across with money?
Lhave received information that the
promotion of the three persons were
bought and paid for. My assistants
are busy now checking up these re
ports, and if I find them to be true,
Chief of Police Healey probably will
have something to think about."
In an earlier statement, Hoyne
charged Lieut. Gallery is a "grafter,"
and recalled an indictment of Gallery
23 years ago. Gallery was charged
with theft from a prisoner in his cus
tody. His statement:
"I never took a dollar of dishonest
money in my life. When the case
came up in court the principal wit
ness could not be found. It was nolle
prossed."
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TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
March 14, 1785. A committee
recommended to congress that com
missioners be appointed with power
to settle the numerous disputes over
land titles in Illinois arising from
rival claims of the old French set
tlers and newly arrived Americans.
The resolution was passed by con
gress but was not made effective.
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Washington. Re-argument of the
West Virginia coal operators' suit to
have United Mine Workers declared
illegal organization and a conspiracy
ordered by supreme court.

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