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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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LABOR GIVES SHERMAN CHANCE
TO MAKE GOOD ON THREAT
If Sen. Lawrence Y. Sherman
wants to make good on plea in the
U. S. senate for a chance to meet
Sam Gompers and "teach him a few
degrees of practical civic decency,"
he now has his chance.
- A telegram signed by the Chi. Fed.
of Labor and the 111. State Fed. of
Labor was today sent to Sen. Sher
man inviting iim to debate either in
Chicago or Springfield, and wholly at
the expense of the labor federations.
The telegram:
"Hon Lawrence Y. Sherman, U. S.
Senator of Illinois, Springfield, Hi.:
. "In Congressional Record of Aug.
15 you are quoted in the U. S. senate
on Aug. 14 as having made an attack
upon Samuel Gompers, president of
the American Federation of Labor.
Among other things you said: 'Gird
up your loins, Mr. Gompers, and an
swer me like a man. I will teach him
a few degrees of active practical civic
decency in my country that he does
not know of, if he will only come out
and give the people a chance.'
Therefore, in behalf of the Illinois
States Federation of Labor and the
Chicago Federation of Labor, repre
senting the labor movement of this
state, we most espectfully urge you
to meet Mr. Gompers in a public
mass meeting, either in Chicago or
Springfield, and 'give the people a
chance' to hear the issues between
yourself and Gompers Explained first
hand. Union labor will bear your
expense, the expense of any hall that
you may care to designate and you
to name any time and place this
month. Appreciating and awaiting
your reply at your earliest ' con
venience or not later than Oct. 12.
Respectfully submitted. llli. State
Federation of Labor, V. A. Olander,
Sec'y; Chicago Federation of Labor,
E. N. Nockels, Sec'y. Address, 166
W. Washington St
Gompers sent word to John Fitz
patrick and John Walker today to
prepare for a mass meeting in Chi
cago Sunday, Oct 29, as he is com
ing that day to talk of Sen. Sherman
and his challenge. The meeting
place has not yet been decided upon.
JEWS RESENT I, W. W. MEET AT
START OF YOM KIPPUR
BREAK UP GATHERING
Jewish worshipers of Yom Kippur
left their synagogues long enough
last night to punish forcibly an
I. W. W. meeting at Taylor and
Marshfield; then returned to their
prayers.
Some time ago the Industrial
Workers of the World contracted
with the Workers' Institute, 920 S.
Ashland blvd., for use of the institute
hall for a dance and lecture last
night At that time' no one noticed
that the date was that of Yom Kip
pur. When this was discovered He
brew members of the institute want
ed the contract canceled, but at a
mass meeting of the Hebrew mem
bers of the institute it was decided to
make good on the contract
Their other Jews went to City
Sealer Morris Eller, who in turn laid
their protest before Building Com'r
Bostrom, who at the eleventh hour
condemned the Workers' institute as
unsafe for such a meeting and sent
police to keep the meeting from be-
ng held.
Unable to get into the institute,
Ben Reitman, led the band of Indus
trial Workers to Taylor and Marsh
field to listen to soapbox talks. The
Jews took offense at this and forci
bly broke up the meeting.
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GRABBED FOR BOGUS CHECK
- A man giving the name of J. Simp
son Africa, a civil engineer of Harris
burg, Pa., was arraigned in the Har
rison street court today- on a charge
of trying to pass a worthless $10
check at the Hotel Blackstone. The
case was continued until Oct 11.
Africa said he -was the son of W. G.
Africa, pres. People's Gas, Light &
Coke Co., Huntington, Pa. He was
arrested yesterday in. Indianapolis,
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