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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 08, 1912, Image 5

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.New York, May 8. If -you
have the misfortune to be the em
ploye of a trust, and are called to
the stand as a witness against the.
trust by the government, it is,
yaur duty to tell the truth hut
v not necessarily all the truth,. nor
the truth about all things.
' This interesting rule of etti
que'tte for trust employes was
brought out at the hearing of the
government's suit for' the disso
lution of the Steel Trust today.
Harry A.Whitneyf the Wor
cester, Mass. plant of the Ameri
can Steel arid Wire Company,
was on the stand.
Jacob M Dickinson; attorney
for the goyetnment, was filled
with a passionate desire to learn
what had happened to certain
, papers.
These papers were very .inter
esting papers much the-' same
sort of papers as the accountants
qi the ChicagoBeef Trust sb'con
veniently left lying at a back door
so they woullLbe stolen.
There-was a whole trunkful of
these papers. And there was
enaugh,dynarriite in them to con
vict the American -Steel dnd Wire
Company of being a "first class,
competition crushing trust in full
working order. '
The governmetn, knew this,
"b'ecause last yeafJthe" government
managed to find out about those
papers by grand jury proceed
ings. Immediately after the papers
were found out about, thev -disai-
nested into thin air, which ex
plains the agitation of J. M. Dick
inson. Whitney told how he gathered
the papers together at the office
of George A. Cragin, assistant
sales manager of the trust in New
''Why did you gather them to
gether?" demanded Dickinson.
"I was told to do so by my Su
periors," rsafd Whitney. - J
"What did you do with them"
after you gathered them to-
gether?" asked Dickinson. ,ir
"Took them to' my office in
"What did you do wtlh thenf
then?" .
"Had them taken down stairs
into the boiler room and ordered'
the fireman to shovel them into
the boiler 'jfire. I stood by atid
watched while this was done." '
"What d'ydu do that for?" de
manded Dickinson, indignantly. "
"I was told to," said Whitney,
simply. J "
"When?" demanded Dickinson."
"Well, when I got to WorcesJ
ter, Mr. Frank Baackes, president
of the American Steel and Wire
Company, came to my office. He
asked me if I had the papers. I"
told himI had. He told me to
destroy them. So I had the trunk
ful of them'taken'to the fire roonp
and saw that they were placed in.
the fire and destroyed."
"You did this under the order
of Baackes?" as"ked Dickinson.
"I did," said Whitney.
Whitney could nor. remember
just when this bonfire occurred.

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