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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 12, 1912, Image 13

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,New York, Jan. 12. New
York, which last week went to
bed because its "other shirt" was
in the wash, tied up by the laun
dry strike, is today facing the
prospect of 80 per cent of its gas
supply being cut off if the mem
bers of the Union of Gas Work
ers are able by nightfall to en
force a general strike of all em
ployes of the big plants controlled
by the Consolidated Gas Co.
Despite the officials claims
that they had plenty of men to
take the strikers' places, and that
only a small percentage of their
employes are union men, the sit
uation was admittedly extremely
serious. Most of the streets of
the city are lighted by gas, while
thousands of homes and business
places are dependent on gas for
illumination and cooking pur
poses. The grievance of the men is al
leged discrimination against the
union men by the company.
Union agents are congregated to
day at the. mammoth- plant at
Astoria, and insitsed that by 6
tonight they would have this es
tablishment completely crippled.
The strike has the backing of the
American Federation of Labor,
and General Organizer Wyatt,
who is in charge of it, stated to
day that 75 per cent of the em
ployes are union men and will
obey the strike order.
George B. Cortelyou, who
learned to wield the big stick
when a member of President
Roosevelt's cabinet, is president
of the -gas; company... At the of-
fices of the 'company it was said
that a;fewmen had:quit, but their
places, had -been' 'filled, and no
strike i wasj expected.
r o o . .
W. H. Dunphy,
Democratic Committeeman from'
the State of Washington
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You can scare the life out of a
bunch of fellows hanging around
the post-office, .by just yelling
"Here-comes a pb."
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