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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 24, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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COCHRAN'S COMMENT
HOYNE AND CUNNEA. In an at
tack on The Day Book in the Amer
ican Socialist, I find this statement:
'"While "enlightening its 20,000 read
ers, who are breathless for sensa
tions, The Day Book might also pub
lish the fact that a number of strik
ers were indicted in the garment
workers' strike, but not ,a single
boss, thug or gunman was subject to
that humiliation nor put to the ex
pense of making a defense."
In reply I will give Day Book read
ers the truth and they can draw
their own conclusions. During that
strike Carl Sandburg told me that
Wm. Cunnea and Sidney Hillman
asked him to ask me if I would see
Hoyne and ask him to get after the
garment bosses and their thugs and
gunmen, i saw noyne ana put it up
to him. He told me that if Cunnea 1
would furnish him evidence on
which to indict the bosses and their
thugs and gunmen he would prompt
ly present the evidence to the grand-
jury. He- said that Cunnea was in
touch with the strikers and could get
what evidence there was of this na
ture. I reported to Sandburg what
Hoyne said and Sandburg reported
to Cunnea. Once" or twice afterward
I asked Hoyne if he had heard from
Cunnea. He said he had not I told
Sandburg to speak again to Cunnea
and urge him to get in touch with
Hoyne and give him the evidence,
because I was satisfied Hoyne would
present evidence to the grand jury
against the bosses as quickly asJ
against the strikers. On more than
one occasion I have seen Hoyne at
the request of labor leaders.1 I was
not turned down once. Whenever he
could favor the workers by "doing
something that was right for him to
do, he willingly did it. I believe that
if Cunnea had given him evidence
that warranted the indictment of the
clothing bosses they would have
been indicted. If the attorney for
the garment workers didn't care to 1
present the evidence, that wasn't
Hoyne's fault The American So
cialist can easily get in touch with
Carl Sandburg and get all the facts
in this particular case.
I am under no obligation to Hoyne
for anything I eter asked him to do
for me. I wanted nothing and asked
nothing for myself. I have made
only reasonable requests for labor,
and they were granted. My best rea
son for supporting Hoyne, however,
is that he has made good as state's
attorney, has proven that he can't be
bought, browbeaten or bulldozed,
won't tyke orders -from newspaper
bosses and won't use his office and
power to injure honest labor.
WATCH THE DRIFT. I know a
big grain man who bets heavily tm
presidential elections and who has
picked the winner in every election
beginning with' that of 1884. He is
a Republican, but when he bets he
bets on information and not on po
litical prejudice. He doesn't go much
on form or on the claims of party
chairmen. He spends weeks getting
all the information he can, tries to
find the drift of public sentiment and
always bets with the dlrft. His heav
iest killing was when he bet on Mc-
Kinley in 1896, and did his betting in
the last two weeks, when he became
convinced that the drift was toward
McKinley. In looking for the drift
this year he finds it .headed Wilson's
way. He'll vote for Hughes and bet
on Wilson.
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TELEGRAPH BRIEFS
London. One British and 13 neu-
traL ships sunk in last few days,
Lloyd's announces.
New York. Wall street. brokers
betting even money on either Wilson
or Hughes. Two weeks ago the odds
favored Hughes 2 to 1.
Providence. Providence Journal
claims to have secert information
that visit of U-53 to American coast
was to test Wilson's policy toward
submarines, '
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