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LABOR BLAMES PACKERS FORI
EAST ST. LOUIS RIOTS
If attempts are made to load the
blame for the East St 'Louis race
riots on organized labor there will be
direct and specific counter-accusations
from trade unions of Chicago
Conferences were held at Chicago
and Illinois labor federation offices
in the Mortimer bldg. yesterday. Two
interests are held responsible. One
is Armour & Co. and other packing
houses who make a specialty of im
porting southern negroes to work
alongside of white men in the north.
The other is an East St Louis alu
minum factory, which has had hun
dreds of white men on strike for
months and' was using negroes fresh
ly imported from the south to fill the
places of strikers.
The, reckless way that business in
terests are wiling to play with fire
and take nsKS or race nois, organ
ized labor claims, is shown in its past
record. The latest Chicago exhibi
tion of it was a newspaper statement
of Harrison B. Riley, head of Chica
go Title & Trust Co. and spokesman
for big financial houses. He said a
plentiful supply of unskilled labor is
a fundamental for profitable busi
ness. Therefore, urged Riley, the.
gates should be let down to Chinese
immigration and at least one Ori
ental coolie should be admitted to the
United States for every man with
drawn from industry for military
A telegram from Sec'y Victor
Olender of Illinois Federation of La
bor went to Sec'y Frank Morrison
of the American Federation of Labor
yesterday. It protests against, the
Negro Equal Rights league of Bos
ton charging responsibility for the
East St. Louis affair to trades unions.
Olander wants to know why a sup
posed negro organization is starting
such talk at this time and remaining
"dicreetly silent while southern ne
groes are cheated into leaving their
homes for northern cities and towns
already overcrowded" and "vioious
exploitations of labor through which
blacks and' whites suffer alike."
Previous to last year's importation
of some 30,000 negroesmto Chicago,
the highest Record in a single year
was during the stockyards strike in
1904, when the Armour-bwuwvior-Tio
rrnwd hrnusrht in trainloads of
southern black men to break the,
strike. Reliable figures from Armour
& Co. offices- show one-seventn oi
the working force to consist of ne
groes. The high percentage is not
advertised by Armour & Co. because
it would prejudice some white men
against working there.
WAR BRIEFS BY WIRE
El Paso, Tex. 'Mexico may soon
declare war on Germany.
Berlin. Virtually all restrictions
to ,which American citizens -.resident
here had been subjected have been
RaA Francisco. Willie Ritchie,
former lightweight boxing champion,
has enlisted in tne signal reserve
corps as a private.
Washington. Within few hours
after he had issued it, Sec'y Baker
revoked order diverting all war news
to war dep't for censorship.
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Wasmngton. mrs. yiuuuiuw in-
son made four dozen pairs of paja
mas and equal number of sheets and
pillow" cases for the Red Cross.
Washington. Boris Bakhmetieff,
new Russian ambassador, says his
country desires freedom for Poland
and wide degree of self government
LOCAL WAR NOTES
Wm. Hock, Battery D First III.
artillery, sdriously injured at drill in
Dexter Parli pavilion. Foot caught in
wheel" of gun carriage.
Eighty-five fecruits were talked
into army by speeches on Fourth.
Thursday usually nets 45 men. Yes
terday 130 enlisted.