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t AND ARGU
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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO.-13.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
LABOR OF THREE CITIES DECLARES FOR -'W'L
ERYAN AMP ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC TICKET
TRItCITY congress acts
01 POSITION OF GOFERS
Resolution Setting Forth Position at Length Adopt
ed at Meeting Called by Officers of the
r American Federation of Labor.
SENTIMENT IS PRACTICALLY UNANIMOUS
Three Thousand Members of Affiliating Unions Urged to Stand
by Those Who Have Proved Themselves ,
Friends and Defeat Enemies.
Resolution Adopted by Tri-City Labor Congress
WHEREAS, we, the working people of the cities of Davenport, Rock
Island, Moline and vicinity, states of Illinois and Iowa, in meeting as
sembled, have consideerd the situation in which the toilers of our coun
try find themselves by decisions of courts, and the failure of congress to
afford the necessary relief; and
WHEREAS, we have appealed to the republican congress in vain to
afford the necessary relief for the protection, restoration and defense of
the natural and inherent rights of the working people and all our people;
WHEREAS,' we appealed in vain to "the republican party convention
to declare for the necessary restoration of the rights to which the toilers
are entitled, rights which have been shorn from our people by reason of
the decision of the supreme court, which decided that the voluntary or
ganizations of the workers are illegaal combinations in restraint of trade,
and come under the Sherman anti-trust law, and that the republican par-'
ty rejected and repudiated labor's urgent needs and, insulted the great
rank and .file of .the.toilers pf our.country; and .: nr . , -..
WHEREAS, the same demands were presented to the democratic
party at its convention, and that party embodied in its platform the de
mands which labor presented and made tabor's contention its own; and
WHEREAS,' the republican party's candidate, Mr. Taft, has, in his
letter of acceptance and his speechees, accentuated his injunction rec
ord, and the democratic candidate, Mr. Bryan, has absolutely and unfalter
ingly pledged nimself if elected, to secure the rights of the toilers to
which they are so justly entitled
WE, THEREFORE, in special meeting of the Tri-City Labor Congress
of the cities of Davenport, Rock Island, Moline and vicinity, states of
lllniois and Iowa, reiterate our declaration that though, as organised
workers, we are neither democratic nor republican, nor owe allegiance to
any political party whatsoever we yet reiterate and re-affirm it to be our
duty and the duty of all workers and friends of human liberty to
STAND FAITHFULLY BY OUR FRIENDS AND ELECT THEM.
OPPOSE OUR ENEMIES AND DEFEAT THEM.
WHETHER THEY BE CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT,
. FOR CONGRESS, OR OTHER OFFICES, WHETHER
EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, OR JUDICIAL
. And we pledge ourselves and call upon the common people of our city
and dates to help carry into effect the laudable and ennobling purposes
for which the toilers struggle and aspire.
At the special meeting of the Tri-;
City Labor. Congress called Saturday
i Ight o act upon the attitude of Presi
dent Samuel GomperB of the American
Federation of : Labor in the present,
campaign the foregoing resolution was"
adopted.. The meeting had been au
thorized by th American Federation of
Labor with which the local central la
bor body . is affiliated and was largely
attended. " r
, la Practically I nanlmouH.
While there was a discussion of some
. spirit upon the. propriety of adopting
ti-ch a resolution when it was put to a
vote the appioval expressed wa3 prac
tically nnaninwus. Adoption was by
The Tri-City Labor Congress is, com
prised ol4 107 delegates representing
over . thirty unions, and with about
three thousand numbers,' by far the
larger part being in Rock Island andi
Moline. : ,
I'nloM AfflHatliMS .
'. ,The un ions affiliating "with 'the Con
gress and their membership are es lol
lows:. ' - " '. :
Brewers, 70, members. ,
. Bakers 30 numbers.'
, Bartehdera, 30 members.
Cigar Malteraj 50 members.
Coopers, 70 members. .
i r Electricai Vprkers (two unions) 300
members. ' J': ' '' : . "s
Leather Vt'orkxTS ' S50 membtrs.
.Machlnrsti? Jthfee. unions) 443 mem
bers.'k . : -
Mine ..Workers; (two unions) 295
members..; : . ' - ,
Pressmen. 53 members. , -;
". Polifthers, "100 members.
Metal Workers, ) tafchibers.
- Street Railway Employes, .120 mem
Stage FJnpIoye:. iff members.
Typographical, 135 members.
Tailors, 60 members.
Railway Helpers, SO members.
Teamsters, 30 members.
Freight Handlers. 30 members.
Bridge and Structural Iron Workers,
Barbers, 40 members.
Roofers, 15 members.
Action similar to that of the Tri-City
Labor Congress was taken by practi
cally every central labor body in the
ITlilted State Sat.irdav nieht th call
for meetings haying in all cases cornel
from the headquarters of the American '
Federation of Labor. ;
Approves of A. F. of I.. Letter.
In addition to adopting the fore
going resolution, the congress unani
mously approved of the following let
ter from American Federation t,l
Labor headquarters in accordance
with which the meeting was called: .
Washington, D. C.. Oct. 1J.TO' Offi
cers and Members of Central Labor
Ecdles: Dear Sirs and Brothers: The
purpose of addressing you now is two
fold; one, to 'urge that a general or
fcpecial meeting of ail centra bodies
be held Saturday, Oct.. 31, or Sunday,
Nov. l, and also to give warning
notice, to all our . fellow .workers
against any attempt on the part of
labor's open enemies, or worse still,
labor's masquerading " friends, should
any attempt be made, to spring, some
Hensational charge or insinuation a3
to the honesty of the representatives
o labor, and their loyalty to the needi
of the workers and the people gener
ally; some charge or insinuation
sj.rung Renatioaally,r too late for it-
trr be met and answered. ;
. Smce the abuse of the injunction
(Contnluod on Paac Thrpe.; :
THE BOTTOM HAS DROPPED OUT
QRYAH n KERfJ ARE SURE
DEfJlOCRftTIC 1AWAGERS SO PREDICT
Chicago, Nov. 2. (Argus Special.)
Democratic success is assured and the
election of Bryan and Kern seems as
certain as anything can be in American
politics. The reports which within the
past few dayo have come to the demo
cratic national headquarters from all
sections of the country are so optimis
tl and show such a preponderance of
sentiment for , Bryan that the demo
cratic managers hesitate to announce
them, fearing that to do so would lead
to overconfidence 'on the part of the
workers. It hx-j been necessary to dis
count them in some instances 50 per
cent in order tg, reach a conservative
estimate and at that, the indications
point to a democratic landslide a
Bryan sweep from New England to the
Pacific. ' '
: Oat of Doubtful C'pluuta.
; For three " weeks Ohio," Indiana,
Maryland and Nebraska have been out
of the doubtful column and safe" fori
Bryan. ; " Still the situation in these 1
states coutTiuej' to improve, and each
day adds jto'the size of the democratic
majorUy. ' -The ' Bryan 'week-in New
York has'placvjd that estate in the dem-ocrf-tic
column along with- Ohio and
Indiana. Tcnl days ago Bryan might
have had bnlyia fcaremajority ih New
York, but toda he is'assured of 50,000
majorltyfaad perhaps more. Well in
formed men plafre the figure as high
as 100.006, but one-half that antount is
regarded as safe end cpnseivatlve.
A careful em v ass oi-the situation
in West Virginia during the last six
ot tbe campaigirshows that state
also, in line by a majority of not less
tVan 10.000,' while Kansas has been
shaping Itself lor the past two weeks
and a comfortable democratic lead U
Surprlaea Prota Weat
Tha surprises came from Iowa and
California. At the, outset of the cam -
paign (he democrats had littl.' if any,
expectation of winning In these two
states, and despite, the most fluttering
reports indicating victory the demo-
cratic managers-are reluctant to do
JI Ax I -j."5ry- 1 bv,
km Av W
Can See Right Through
mere than place them in tl doubtful
column : with strong ; Bryan leanings.
Ihe change in owa, which has-never
heretofore ".gone democratic ii: a na
ticnal election, amounts to nothing
rhort of a political revolution; yet the
leaders' in that state are- absolutely
confident that Bryan will have a ma
jority of the votes there. .
A gallant fight has been couducted
in California. . The' showing is that
ihe majorities in the northern half of
the state,- including San. Francisco
V hich with the union labor vote 'so
Ltrongly .for Bryan will return a big
deriio'cratic vote, will more than over
come the republican lead irr southern
California, ' . Despite - assurances , the
state is placed in" the doubtful column.
' . . . t'bancea Are t;ool. ,
. Democratic chances afe regarded as
best in New Jevsej-, Delaware, Wis
consin and Rhode Island, while ther
s a strong fighting chancer for democ
racy in 'Illinois, Oregon,- Washington
and '.Connecticut. The' Jact : is that
deinocratic- reports "and: polls show
tEese. states for Bryati, but for the
purposes " of conservatism.-' they are
rlaced in" the doubtful "column.
: Every 'day. since tb" opsrtlns of , th-j
campaign lias seen democratic pros
pects brighten and its cauW advanced
by leaps and bounds. ; Doubtless-Bryan
could have been elected' three months
ago, . but glnce the people' have como
ttrr. understand the issues they ; ha ve
flecked to the democratic standard In
such numbers as to make his " election
ou Tuesday a grand triumph -'in which
all sections of th-. country will - play
a. ' part ; .even . hidebound republlcanl
New England.' 1- 'f 'Zj
. ' ' States Concldereir Safe. ;
The following states .: are regarded
'Alabama ?, '.......11
1 Arkansas . , -. .. '. . r. : .-....... . 3
(Florida ...."..........--...;..'...... 3
- Ctoigla !."...........-..."'.'....... . 15
Louisiana ......... .......;..";,..- 9
Mississippi . , . l'i
North, Carolina ......,..4. 1
Oklahoma ..... ... ''i. . . .
South Carolina. ...
Tennessee .... . . y.
Missouri ; ............
Indiana . . .Jr.
Ohio ., ..... .'. . ,i ;....!
Nebraska ........ . . .
V est Virginia ........
New Jersey .' . .. '. '".
Rhode' lsland . . .
Bryan's probable vote.' . 311
f Doubt fjil'-end possibjy for Biyan; .
Illinois' ..'.V. . . . . . . . . 27
Oregon ...r'. .... .....f. ..v. ..... .. 4
Washington . . . .... . ... '. . . . ..." 5
Connecticut l. . 7
California . . . . .... . . . . ... 10
Iowa -.;...'..'.. .... . ..s.: .;. .;. . . . 13
Bryan's possible vote. ......... .380
Necessary to a choice. ...... .t... .212
It will therefore be seen that Bryan
is assured of a majority of 40 in the
electoral college, -"While his majority
will morV probably be 72, and may
possibly be as high as 138. r ; '--
RAIN SPOILS PLANS
-." FOR SUNDAY GAME
Kewanes Regulars Are .Stopped on
Their Way Here for Contest with
Independents and Sent Home. .
The football game between the In
dependents .of this city and. the Ke-
wanee Regulars was . called off yes
terday morning on account of the rain.
The game promised to be an unusually
good one and a large crowd was pre
pared to go to witness the struggle,
Lilt the rain spoiled all calculations.
Ke wanee was already as far as Wy
anet, about 20 miles out of Kewanee,
when the decision to calK the game
off was arrived at here, and a tele
gram sent i hem back home isaiu. It
is very likely that the game will be
played next Sunday. '
HIS TRAIN LATE
Bryan Misses Mammoth Demonstra
tion Planned in His Honor
MIDNIGHT WHEN HE ARRIVES
Rests Till Morning and Then Proceeds
West Telling Blows Adminis
tered in Indiana.
Chicago, Xov. 2. William Jennings
Bryan arwved in Chicago so late Sat
urday night that the big demonstration
planned for his reception, which was
well under way early in the evening
bad to be abandoned. Bryan did not
reach the city until long after mid
night, and immediately wt-nt to hi;
hotel. At neon yesterday Bryan left
for the west.
Makn Telling Points.
Bryan spent the day touring north'
ein c- Indiana, spcaklng at several
places, and at each was greeted by
big crowds. He spoke with convinc
ing attacks on Rockefeller, Carnegie,
Harriman, Roosevelt and Taft. He
sarcastically referred to Taft's denial
that Rockefeller is supporting him.
One of the favorite arguments of the
candidate .was in connection with the
empty dinner pail, idleness of the
workingmen, he insisted, was the com
bined result of. republican mismanage
ment and high tariff.
IS NOT BACKWARD
Taft in Closing Sneaking Tour Claims
Nw York State by Large
Rochester, N. Y., Nov. 2.Aftev a
week's campaigning in New York City
and state, which ended here Saturday
night with a duplicate of the rousing
demonstrations he has-inspired wher-,
ever he went. Taft made this statement
to the Associated Press : , : r -
"The state of New York is the most
republican part of the United States,
even more republican than the state o
Strong; Above Bronx.
"There is every indication through
that part of the state above the Bronx
that theie will be a majority for the
republican ticket nearly equal to that
of Roosevelt four years ago.
"The democratic majority of the city;
of New York probably will not exceed
70,000. This will be overcome by tho
republican vote above the Bronx with
such overwhelming force as to give the
republican ticket in the Empjre state
a clear majority of from 100,000 up
"' Root Clowe in Xew York.
New York, Nov. 2. With Secretary
of State Root as chief orator, tht re
publican speaking campaign for the na
tional ticket in New York City was
practically brought to a close Saturday
night with a rally in Durland's riding
V;-;'.' Put a Union Man in a State Office! ;- v
Office of Secretary-Treasurer Illinois State Federation of Labor, v .-- 1 -
- Springfield. 111., July 23, . 130S.
- Mr. John L". Pickering, SpTingfieid, 111. Dear Sir: ""Your local union :
having endorsed your candidacy, and the Springfield Federation of LaTjor'
having approved it by unanimous vote, The Illinois State Federation of
Ibor. through its officers, takes pleasure in adding its endorsement for
you as a candidate for clerk of the supreme court on the democratic tick
et, and we entertain the hope that you will win, believing you wlll'serve
the people with credit if you are elected, and the cause of union l&lor
thereby exalted. " . Fraternally, "-- - -
EDWIN R. WRIGHT, Pretident Illinois State Federation of Labor.
. J; F. MORRIS. Secretary-Treasarer Illinois Stata Federation of Labor.
But Republican Candidate
Boldly Misrepresents Ac
tion of Labor Congress.
Only Basis for Fake Circulars
is Fact That His Record
Members of the Tri-City Labor con
gress are indignant over the fact that
L. M. Magill of Moline, the republican
candidate for state's attorney, is mis
representing the congress in his ef
forts to secure the votes of union men.
The candidate and his friends have
caused to be circulated a fake letter
of endorsement. The letter represents
that Magill has been given the en
dorsement of the labor congress in his "
campaign against R. R. Reynolds, the
What Faet Are. . "
As a matter of fact, Mr. Magill has
never received the endorsement of the
labor congress for state's attoruty. -; He
was given an endorsement for the re-,
publican nomination. The congress ex
pressed a preference for him over J.
K. .-a4MeWBer,fa -ohr -
two candidates for the nomination, but
never has the congress acted on Mr.
Magill's candidacy since his nomina
tion, and in reference to the campaign"
against Mr. Reynolds. ' -
Letter Pure Fake.
The letter which is being circulated
is a pure fake. The minutes of Aug.
(ft at which the purported action of the
congress Is represented as taking place,
show just what was said of Mr. Magill.
Below is given an abstract from the
minutes of the meeting, prepared by
Jack Wright, secretary of the congress.
It shows conclusively that the con
gress did not enorse Mr. Magill for the
Here is the record of the proceed-
ings: "Resolutions were presented to
the congress for the endorsement of
I. M. Magiil. as republican candidate
for state's attorney. After consider
able discussion, endorsement " was
changed to apply to the republican vot
ers, of organized labor in this district.
Moved that resolutions be adopted as
applying to voters of the republican
party at the coming primaries. Car
And on this foundation Mr. Magill
claims to have the endorsement of the
labor congress for the office!
C'hiekeBH to Roost.
And Magill now has another bis
trouble on his hands. Some chickens
have come home to roost. - When he
sought the nomination for state sena
tor, it happened that there were five
candidates of the Swedish nationality
in " the ' different contests. "--NtH-w
ithstanding that these men had
a penect ngnt to seek any
political preferment that they
wished, but toward the end of his
campaign Mr. Magill saw fit to Issue
a card ridiculing the "five Swedes."
and making very odious comparisons
between the nationalities represented
in the race. This slur on the people of .
Moline has now been dug np by some '
of those same Moline people, and it is
being hurled back in Magill's face. Af
ter considering the fact that all, his ;
hopes are based on Moline. Magill's po-
sition is readily seen to be a difficult