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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1913, Image 4

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Workers that hadn't any grievance
aiid shouldn't have walked out, and
they should he ashamed of them
selves driving 45,000 men to starva
tion that way instead of coming in
and being properly humble and all
that, but it's the same wherever you
go, you find the unions '
"Say," yelled Commissioner Mc
Gann, "whatell B'tbat got to do with
my bridges? Eh? Answer me that?"
"You find the unions,' went on
the messenger, "trying to bite the
bosom that gives them milk and
they're all the same, ungrateful like
snakes, that's what they aire, and "
"Qut thatout," yelled McGann.
fc The messenger fro mthe inner cir
cle drew a long breath.
"Well," he said, "it's Just like"
Commissioner McGann arose, and
lifted a chdi rwith him as he rqse.'
"Now you cut that -rought stuff
out," he said, "an go home an' re
cite t'family cat. S'my busy day.
"What's marble workers on Continen
tal & Commercial Hank got to do my
bridges? Huh?"
"Well, nothing, but then, you see,
these marble workers-"
"There you go triyng to start
again," said McGann, breathing
heavily. "Now cut it out Any labor
trouble my bridges?7'
"Yes," said the messenger, looking
pained, "we've locked out all the
labor union men on "
"I don't care what. you've done.
Any trouble between contractors, got
job build my bridges and men workin'
on bridges? Huh?"
"No," said the messenger, "but "
"Butt out m' office," said McGann.
"M'busy day. Tell your bosses their
contract build these four bridges call
for city takin' over work they aban
don it. F'they don' get busy on
bridges four, count 'em, iour
they'll lose contracts. Build'm m'self.
Get out."
Whereupon the messenger return
ed to the inner circle of the bosses
and whispered that Commissioner
sgcgftij -myswm
man, to say nothing of being rude
and overbearing and short in hi
As for; McGann he went to the,
mayor and the county board and
talked shortly and to the point, spy
ing that the contracts called for the
building of these bridges, and for the
contracts automatically losing, the ,
contracts if they abandoned the
"No labor trouble on bridges," said '
McGann. "Labor trouble s'at Cocf
tinental & Commercial Bank build
ing. Don' care about Continental, &
Commercial Bank buildin'. Wan
my bridges, built. Contractors aban- '
don work, we take it over accordin'
terms contrac'!"
Which' information further deepen
ed the already Stygian gloom whefe
in moved the inner circle of the
Walking Delegate E. N. Craig
showed this today, when he was
questioned by a reporter.
'Heard from any more employers
who want to obey the lockout 'or
der?" asked the reporter. ,
"No, no," said Craig, trying" to
wave his hand airily.
"When do you expect to hear front
the rest of them the ones whd
wouldn't answer your .order to lock
out &t all and the ones who answered
by saying, they wouldn't lockout their
men?" , l
, "Oh, tomorrow or next day," said
Mr. Cra3g.
"That's what you said yesterday,
and Saturday, too," said the re
porter. "I'm busy," said Walking Delegate
Craig, in the sort of tine that is sup
posed to freeze the hearer-
Reporters, however, do not freeze.
"Haven't you time to tell about the
extraordinary number of men now
walking the streets, hungry and cold
I mean, without ice for their babies
or their beer, and and all that sort
of thing."
"No," said Walking Delegate Craig,,
accurately flicking a speck, oTcot
. j.A twujbt?-JL

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