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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 16, 1912, Image 2

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all the street railways and run them for the benefit of the public
rather than for the benefit of a bunch of hoggish bond and stock
holders who-have grown rich exploiting and robbing the people.
When YOU get a little sore at those motormen and conductors,
just remember they are human beings like yourself, and that they
are being paid merely enough to exist, not enougn to Faise their
families as they would like to raise them, and as they ought to be
able to raise them.
YOU probably would get sore, too, under the same circum
stances. And very likely you would feel like striking, too. Men
don't strike for the fun of the thing. Sometimes they -are driven
to desperation because of the terrific fight to make both ends meet
on starvation wages.
peeved, and complained to Police
Lieut. Gallery. When Gallery '
heard the story he got busy im
mediately. He sent out plain
clothes men.
The agencies tried to kidnap
the plain clothes men, and were
promptly placed under arrest.
Gallery then called on the state
labor bureau to prosecute the of-
fendors under the barking law,
because the offense, being a state
one, it can be prosecuted only
through the bureau.
The cases were called in Judge
Dicker's court today. Paul Bas
sio, deputy inspector of the state
labor bureau, was there as re
quested. But did Bassio pr6secute the
agents? He did not. He sat still
and didnothing, and then, after
Judge Dicker had continued the
cases to August 27, Bassio made
a speech.
Bassio's speech was directed at
Lieut. Gallery, and it was to
the effect that he, Bassio, would
"get" Gallery for interfering with
the employment agencies and
The state labor bureau or one
of its agents went into cahoots
with the peculiar employment
agencies of Lower Madison and
Canal streets today.
Also, the bureau got the trust
newspaper habit,and announced
that it was going to "get" Police
Lieutenant Gallery because Gal
lery had the. impertinence to en
force the law against the employ
ment agencies.
All the employment agencies
are nominally under the jurisdic
tion of' the state labor bureau,
"which employs a corps of inspec
tors to watch them.
Recently, however, the agen
cies have become openly defiant
of the law. Not content withxiup
ing such victims as walked into
their clutches, they have taken to
kidnaping citizens from the
street. J-
One week ago, one of the agen
cies made the mistake of trying to
kidnap the governor of a western
state, and trying to shanghai him
.to Keokuk, la,
.The governor was naturally
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