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FREIGHT HANDLERS' DEMAND
FAIR DEAL OR STRIKE
If the railroads of Chicago won't
give their freight handlers a square
deal, then they will have to endure
a general strike of the handlers.
More than 1,000 unidn freight han
dlers met at Hodcarriers' hall last
night and enthusiastically voted for
a general strike this afternoon un
less the railroads meet the demands
of the union, which is only that rep
resentatives of the union be per
mitted to collect union dues from the
men on company property at periods
when, the men are not working.
The Monon is the only road that
has signed up with the union. About
6,000 freight handlers are in the
union, union leaders say.
At an enthusiastic meeting held at
516 S. Halsted st this morning the
men reiterated their intention to call
a general strike unless the railroads
granted their demandB, which In
volve neither shortening of hours nor
an increase in wages.
Two hundred freight handlers of
the Soo line joined the strike this
morning and strike orders have been
issued against the Lake Shore, St
Paul, Rock Island, Gf'eat Western
and I. C. Orders against every other
road will shortly follow unless de
mands are met
That the roads regard the freight
handlers' strike as a serious thing
became evident to day when A. J.
Earling, pres. of the St. Paul road,
sent word from Washington that he
was hurrying here to take personal
charge of the situation for his road,
while A. S. Smith, pres. of the New
York Central lines, has a personal
representative on the way here.
The Burlington road today import
ed 50 strikebreakers from Omaha.
DRYS WANT BILLY SUNDAY
Negotiations are now on between
"dry" leaders and Billy Sunday to
get the baseball preacher here as
early as possible to fire the.flrst guns
in the war against liquor. The "dryB" I
want to get a referendum vote in
Chicago in April, if possible, is the
inside tip now given. Meanwhile
thej'wets" are linine: uo their forces
to counteract the "drys."
The "wet" leaders accuse Mayor
Thompson of aiding the Prohibition
ists by the jam lie's gotten into by
the Sunday closing law. Thy say fa
that all the talk of Sunday viola
tions printed in the newspaper, par
ticularly the Herald and Tribune, has
disgusted a lot of temperate UberalB,
who may line up with the "drys."
The United Societies, the liquor deal
'ers and the breweries are busily pre
paring for the fight
EASTERN RAILWAYS PREPARE
FOR LONG STRIKE
New York, Aug. 30. Eastern rall
roadB are preparing for a long Biege
in event the general strike of the big
four brotherhoods goes into effect
Monday, as theatened.
. It was learned today that cities,
towns and country districts have
been combed for mechanics, men
who can serve as brakemen, conduc
tors and yardmen, and even station
ary engineers have been enlisted.
The entire office force of the New
York Central numbering upward of
4,000 may be used in various ca
pacities. o o
COMPULSORY ARBITRATION IS
IMPOSSIBLE, SAYS CUMMINS
Washington, August 30. Senator
Cummins today in a senate speech
denounced "so-called compulsory ar
bitration" as an impossibility. There
is no power, he said, in which federal
or Btate governments can force men
to' work when they do not-want to. a.
This, he said, would be the case un-
der any actual compulsory arbitra
tion law. The fifth and thirteenth
amendments to the constitution, he
said, would prevent operation of such
Peter Kribles, 3486 Archer ay., lost
$400 to pickpockets.
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