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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1911, Image 14

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In the course of a hysterical ed
itorial jumping all over Sam
Gompers, the Chicago Tribune
forgets itself long enough to say:
"Mr. Gompers knew of the
murderous course of the labor
troubles in Chicago, when union
men assaulted and even slew
brother union men. While these
things continue under the guise
of advancing the cause of organ
ized labor, why should Mr. Gom
pers or other leaders assume that
,the crime of a McNamara is un
thinkable, and forthwith charge
every one outside of unionism
with conspiracy, prejudice and
-The Day Book does not call at
tention to this Tribune spasm for
the purpose of finding fault with
the Tribune's criticisms of labor
sluggers. On the contrary, we
condemn without reservation
murderous assaults by sluggers
of any kind.
But we do object to the hypoc
risy i of Chicago newspapers in
making capital against unions by
condemning so-called labor slug
gers, when these very newspapers
have hired the very sluggers they
condemn, and hired them because
they were sluggers, and because
the newspapers Kvanted them to
There is no tighter union in
Chicaero than the newspaper
union, or publishers trust. 'And
ii any labor union hired the iin
rights, Gentlemens and Altmans
to lug, didn't Chicago newspa
peis hire these -vr sjuggersQ
do newspaper slugging?
It was criminal for a labor
union to hire sluggers to slug, but
it was just as criminal for news
papers to do the same thing.
One difference was that the
newspapers could suppress all
news about slugging done for
them, and give prominence to
slugging when done for fool
unions that seemingly didn't
know any better.
If the truth were known, there
js not a more lawless" union in
Chicago than the newspaper
Usually when something like a
revolution is pulled
off somewhere you
read down near the
end of the story:
"T h'e American
minister is in the
United State"? on
leave of absence."
mats why no
one was surprised
when the Uprising
threatened S a n to
Domingo, to find ug-
that our minister, William W.
Russell, was "back home" visit
ing around. He has been order
ed to get on the job to look out
for American interests.
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History says that in olden times
the barber was also a surgeon,
"his most common operation be
ing cupping or blood-letting."
This bit of historical data will as-
many barbers, ir.
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