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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 11, 1912, Image 14

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its labor policy. And this new
party platform, With its nobly
phrased promise of social and in
dustrial justice, and its careful
enumeration of specific labor
measures, ignores labor's right to
organize, seemingly well content
with the decision of the United
States supreme court, which de
clares that a corporation engaged
in interstate commerce has a con
stitutional right to discharge an
American citizen because he joins
a labor union.
Thus the new party promises
capital the right to combine, but
offers no relief to labor, though
(contrary to the intent of con
gress) the courts held it to be sub
ject to the provisions of the Sher
man artti-trust act. We -know
that this omission from the new
party platform of all reference to
the right of labor to organize was
not accidental. The existing in
justice to the workingman and
the need of rectifying the court's
misinterpretation of the people's
will had been called to the atten
tion joi the whole country by the
planks in the Democratic plat
form, and in that submitted by
LaFollette to the Republican
convention. The failure to recog
nize labor's right to organize is
an integral part of the trust policy
to which the new party is com
mitted. It is fitting that George W. Per
kins, the "father of trusts," late of
J. P. Morgan & Co., and still of
the steel trust, the Harvester
trust and the Shipping trust,
should be chairman of the execu
tive committee aridthefin&pGiali
supporter of the new party move
ment. Six weeks after the Steel trust
was organized its executive com,- .
mittee, on motion of Mr. Perkins,
declared -as the company's policy: ,
"We are unalterably opposed to
any extension of union labor."
Do progressives wish to make
that the policy, also, of the na
tion? Collier's Weekly stated, editor
ially, Sept. 14, 1912 :
"We happen to know that Mr.
Perkins, while making it clear
that he can raise all the morley "
needed by tte" Bull Moose, if he
wants to, has held back and indi
cated that he might step out, if
things did not go according to his
wishi We state this not as a sUr
mise, but as a fact."
Was it such indication from -Mr
Perkins to his associates
which excluded industrial democ
racy frotti new party pledges?
Tomorrow The Day Book will
publish andther article by George
L. Record of New Jersey, the
third in his series supporting
Roosevelt's candidacy.
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Soften a half box of gelatine!
in a half qup of cold water. Then
heat it over steam, for half ah
hbUr. Grate 2 large, tart apples
and 1 lemon or orange and beat
lightly into a pint of whipped
cream. Then add the gelatine,
and when thoroughly rriixed turn
into a mold and set aside to cool
before placing on ice. Serve with
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