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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 07, 1911, Image 6

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The rest of the day was 'taken
up with government quizzing" of
"unprejudiced" jurors, who al
ready had made up their minds
what they were going to do. Most
of them were business men, and
"apparently looked at the matter
in a different light from the "far
mer jury" the government al
ready has coralled.
One of them, Alexander Trwin
caused a mild' surprise by his ex
treme state of ignorance.
Irwin is one of the proprietors
of the largest wholesale and retail
meat markets in Chicago.
Yet he had the vaguest ideas on
the beef trust. .He had heard of
such an institution oh, yes, but
only in a vague sort of a way.
One of Irwin's friends is em
ployed at the "yards", too, but
he never told Irwin anything
about the financial methods of the
packers. ,
The court excused Mr, Irwin
for cause, and app'arently much
to the disgust of thet defense,
whose attorn eys seemed to regal d
him as an ideal juror,
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Max Hayes.
According to one of the best
informed labor party members of
parliament, from whom I have
just received a letter, the British
government is panic-stricken, due
to tlje threatening industrial up
heavals 'that can hardly be post
poned longer than the holidays,
and the dimensions"of which are
'difficult to measure.
.The action of the royal com
mission, which was appointed to
investigate the. grievances of the
railway and dock workers who
paralyzed transportation by a
great national strike last August,
in recommending that prevailing
conditions should continue until
next May, has created a storm of
indignation. Scores of meetings
are being held all over the United
Kingdom to denounce the de
cision of the commission, and
everywhere the workers are
charging that the liberal politi
cians have deliberately betrayed
them. Almost without exception
the mass meetings of railway
men, dockers and allied workers
demand that another strike be
called unless the. railway man
agers immediately raise wages,
grant a standard workday and
abolish many of the petty abuses
of which the men"COmplain.
.The national labor officials are
now negotiating for concessions,
with little hope joi being success
ful, and it is the general impres
sion that a secqnd strike will be
inaugurated which will involve
250,000 to 300,000 employes.
Meanwhile the government is
declared by labor members of
parliament to be making warlike
preparations. It is said thatarmy
officers have-made new maps of
London, Liverpool and other
Jarge cities with a view to post
ing soldiers at all strategic points
and expediting the .removal of
arms, stores, etc., with as little
delay as possible. A list of all
food selling houses has been com
piled, as well as parks, vacant lots
and open spaces, as though the
authorities are expecting a siege..

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