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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 18, 1912, Image 3

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Indianapolis,' Ind., Jan. 18.--The
United Mine ,Work6rs, in
convention here, turned cbvn the
socialistic attempt to baptize the
entire mine workers, into the So
cialistic faith. A resolution com
mitting the organization to the
Socialists was. defeated by 'a vote
of 515 to 155, but instead of a
proposition that the miners en
ter politics, but not naming "a
specific :hanenl, was, passed.
The constitution of the mine
workers prohibits action favoring
any distinct party. As adopted,
the document merely advocates
independent political action by
the workers.
Alleged opposition of 'the poli
tical and judicial powers to the
cause of labor is spoken of in the
political resolution, and it;' is de
clared that the time has come
when it is both just and neces
sary for labor to enter the politi
cal as well as the industrial field
inits battle for larger rights.
Animus toward President
Gompers and the A. F. of L.,
cropped out notwithstanding the
defeat of the proposal to secede
from the central organization.
This was indicated in opposition
. to the crafts system of organiza
tion in the federation, which crys
tallized in the passage of a reso
lution instructing the miner dele
gates ta the next federation con
vention to use their influence to
hnve the-complete industrial form
of organization supersede the
former form.
Bitter feeling against the Na-
tianal .Civic-Federation- came to
the surface in the order that tele
grams besent to "Congressman
W. B. Wilson ?of Pennsylvania
and John Mitchell, former min
ers' president, asking that they
come to Indianapolis and explain
to the convention their lack of op
position to the civic federation on
the 191,1 contention of the Amer-
icdn Federation of Labor.
'Both spoke in favor of the civic
body, though they voted to con
demn it, in .accordance with the
miners' instructions. The two
otWer federation delegates from
the miners,, Vice President
Hayes, and John Walker, presi
dent of the Illinois miners are,
here, and will also explain their,
attitude. They are opposed $o
the civic federation.
The" wage cale committee
composed of the 24district presi
dents, with John Walker of Illi
nois as chairman, held its first
meeting today. No report will be
made until all other important
business is out of the way, as it is
expected to take up considerable
News from the meeting of the
coal operatqrs of Indiana, Ohio,
West Virginia and Pennsylvania,
at Pittsburg, was eagerly awaited
by the miners. Ohio and Penn
sylvania opetators have not yet
consented to a point wage con
ference with representatives of
the miners, following the close of
the convention here.
In response to the appeal of
Miss Catherine Finnegan, sec
onded by John Walker, the con
vention voted $500 to aid the
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