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A. F. L. TAKES STAND AGAINST
Baltimore, Nov. 13. Warning that
union labor Will oppose with all its
power any attempt to put through
congress compulsory arbitration bill,
as proposed by Pres. Wilson, "was
given today when the executive com
mittee of the American Federation
of Labor, at the federation's 36th an
nual convention, read its report.
"The wage earners of the United
States," said the report, "will oppose
any proposition to impose upon them
compulsory institutions which dis
guise involuntary servitude. They
hold that the principle involved in
voluntary institutions is the key to
personal and industrial freedom and
that this principle is of more impor
tance to them than any other consid
eration. "The immediate problem involved
is a class problem, but the principle
involved in compulsory intistutions,
even for a class in our republic, is of
concern to the whole republic, for we
know that the republic cannot be
maintained part free and part slave.
"Involuntary "and compulsory la
bor once enforced, even for a single
hour, will not halt at its temporary
enforcement, but will go on and be
come permanent." ,'
The committee, taking up politics,
urged woman's suffrage, Porto Rican
independence, government owner
ship of telegraph and telephone lines,
a national child labor law, a mini
mum wage law forthe government,
extension of the 8-hour law to all
government departments, exclusion
from interstate commerce of convict
labor products, preparedness, voca
tional training as a means of pre
paredness, and a host of other planks
designed to help the cause of labof. i
During the year, the report stated,
strikes cost the federation $2,708,
789, 260,000 people-were involved in
them; 1,135 strikes were won", 163
compromised, 305 are pending and
49 were lost. The federation gained
nearly 218,000 members and issued I
2,700 charters to organizations Join
ing it. Death benefits paid totaled
$2,264,310. Sick benefits totaled
SUITORS FOR BILLY SUNDAY'S
GIRL: READ PARAGRAPH FIVE!
Boston, Nov. 13. Still dynamic,
forceful, effervescent, Billy Sunday
apparently held blue-blooded, cul
tured Boston by the heels.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 persons
jammed their way into the huge
house of "swadust trails" yesterday,
while in three whirlwin sessions the
noted evangelist blistered their ears.
Today Sunday will speak to the
Boston ass'n of Unitarian ministers
and it is expected that the fur will
"Come on, you cigarette-smoking
sisters, I've got your number," Sun-
dayshouted during one sermon.
"I wouldn't let a chap who called
on my daughter turn down the light
unless I had a hole bored through
the celling and a gun trained on him.
"Some of you have sat in pews so
long you are mildewed," were other
hot shots of the evangelist ' '
Incidentally, the enormous crowd
loosened up to the extent of nearly
$10,000 when a collection was taken..
Galveston, Tex. Reports circu
lated in.shipping circles tat German
submarine supposed to be operating:
in gulf of Mexico and Caribbean seai
has established base in gulf of Ma
racaibo, Venezuela. '
Washington. Supreme court, re
opened for argument cases invovling'
workmen's compensation laws of!
states of Washington, Iowa and New
New York. Final decree In Corn
Products dissolution suit brought by
federal government issued by Judge
Hand in U. S. district court, ordering
attorneys for corporation to prepare
plans for dissolution and present
them for court's approval within 120