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CHI. AMERICAN STAFF MAY BE
DRAGGED INTO STRIKE MESS
In his effort to have Sol Seidman,
vice president of the ladies' garment
workers' union, cited for contempt of
court and sent to jail, Lewis Jacob
son, attorney for Some of the manu
facturers who are fighting union
conditions, threatened yesterday to
"have the whole Chicago American
staff subpoenaed into Judge Bald
win's court if necessary." But as
later events prove, he didn't get them
into court, as he wished.
Jacobspn read a story in the Amer
ican to the effect that Seidman en
couraged strikers to picket in viola
tion of the injunction granted
against it by Judges Baldwin and
Smith. He had the reporter for the
American who sent in the story sub
Testimony of the reporter in re
gard t othe story which was printed
on the 19th of February didn't sat-I
isfy Jacobson because the newspaper
man couldn t remember whether or
not he had sent it in.
Jacobson threatened to bring in
the whole American office.
"Who would know who wrote the
story?" he asked the reporter on the
"Why, I suppose my city editor
. might," was the answer.
" "All right, we'll bring him into
court and find out what he knows
'about it," said Jacobson, and he sent
out a sub'oena for the city editor,
' Forest, instead of rushing over to
court as Jacobson wished, called up
!Roy D. Keehn, manager of the
Hearst interests in Chicago, consid
s ered the best authority on newspaper
cases in the city. Keehn went to
court instead and Forest stayed on
the desk of the American until the
day's rush was over. He was badly
needed because the working force
was heavily cut down by illness.
' Keehn told the court and Att'y
Jacobson that he could prove if ne- j
cessary that neither the city editor
of the American or its reporters
could be forced to testify as to their
sources of information. He will ap
pear in court late today to prove it if
Gussie Eisenberg of 823 Hermitage
av., was selected for slaughter to
day from among 350 strikers cited
Lawyers for the manufacturers
claimed that Gussie had torn up a
copy of the injunction and thrown it
in the street.
Gussie denied the" charge, and
Judge Baldwin decided to continue
her case for a month, putting her
under a bond to insure her good con
dupt hereafter. He said the evidence
against her was not strong enough
to send her to jail.
She testified that before the strike
she was working from 8 to 5:30 daily
in order to support two children.
WAR DEPARTMENT PLANS TO
TRAIN VOLUNTEER ARMY
Washington, March 7. With a
view of training an army of a half
million men, if needed, the war de
partment has issued orders to regi
mental commanders on the border to
prepare lists of sixty men in each
command who could be appointed to
officers' places as high as captain to
do training work.
While the war department said of
ficially today there is no move afoot
toward raising a big army of volun
teers, it wishes to be prepared with
sufficient training officers should the
emergency occur. t
STEEVER SAYS "PLAYING WAR"
IS GREAT DOPE
Sham battles and military ma
neuvers, "playing war," is as exciting
as football, Capt. E. Z. Steever, U. S.
A., is telling his aids. Plans are on
for big practice evolutions, using
high school companies next summer.
Four of the six drill companies of
Crane High are enrolled.