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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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BANQUETING GAME OLD STUFF CONGRESS
MEN TO FEED WITH MANUFACTURERS
The Illinois delegation in congress
will be guests of 200 members of the
Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n at a
banquet in Washington, April 26.
The manufacturers left Chicago for
the capital Tuesday morning.
Once when the writer of this was
working on another paper he was put
hep to the way this game of banquet
ing legislators is played.
It happened that the big commer
cial and manufacturing association
of the state was giving a banquet to
the 200 members of the legislature.
The cost was $5 for each of the 750
plates for the eats alone and there
was entertainment by a star of the
Chicago Grand Opera Co., the most
noted moving picture comedy star of
the day and the stars from many the
aters'. No drinks were served, be
cause many of the legislators were
"dry," but fine booze was passed out
free at a special bar in an adjoining
room.
The reporter knew that the even
ing's entertainment was costing the
commercial association a little better
than $7,000.
"Why waste so much money?" in
quired the reporter of the secretary
of the association.
The secretary roared with laugh
ter. "Waste? Waste nothing!" he shout
ed. "We consider this the best in
vestment of the year. Why do you
know that on either side of every law
maker at that banquet there sat a
member of our association. We have
an axe to grind. We want some spe
cial legislation that will be a great
boon to manufacturers. So we spent
$7,500 on a big feed and fine enter
tamers to get the legislators in a good
humor to listen to us.
"I told you there was an associa
tion member on either side of every
legislator. Each one of these mem
bers was picked for the part. Our
legislative experts studied for weeks
to find out just how each lawmaker
stood on the issues in which we are
interested. If he was not favorable
to us we put our best persuaders be
side him at the table.
"Don't tell me it was wasting mo
ney. We're going to give one every
year."
Before that legislative session was
over it passed four of the six bills the
association wanted and would have
passed another, a gigantic street
franchise steel, but the people got
wise and so mad that it dared not
put the bill through.
The Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n
is going to send trainloads of mem
bers at great cost to Washington to
sit beside Illinois congressmen at the
banquet, April 26, to interest the na
tion's lawmakers in military prepar
edness measures which big business
wants passed.
The passing of preparedness bills
wUl bring more money to the coffers
oi Illinois uiuiiiuaiauieis, wuu wui
-share in furnishing the extra equip
ment and ammunition, while it will
increase the amount of public guards
of private property.
The manufacturers' ass'n admit
ted that the purpose of the banquet
is "to impress on the congressmen
the fact that the business interests of
the middle west are keenly alive to
the necessity of a broad general plan
of preparedness."
President Sam! M. Hastings of the
association, it is announced, will pre
sent a memorial to the members of
the delegation containing a plan for
preparedness which the manufactur
ers feel should be indorsed.
After summing up the plans of the
manufacturers the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor, at their meeting Sun
day, passed resolutions which wound
up with:
"Be it resolved by the 250,000 or
ganized working people of Chicago
who are not profiting by the Euro-
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