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TO PROBE MULHALL CHARGES THOROUGHLY;
WILSON CERTAIN TARIFF BILL WILL PASS
Washington, June 30. President
"Wilson wore the general expression
of the cat which has swallowed the
canary when no one was looking
when he saw the newspaper cor
It was perfectly obvious that the
President believed the big lobbies out
of business so far as national legis
lation was concerned, and was quite
busy licking his lips over the, same.
Wilson appeared today in a suit of
immaculate linen that set off his
spare figure to the best advantage,
and his first remark showed how in
tensely pleased he is with the latest
development in the lobby scandal.
At the same time, the President
made it plain that lie would be behind
a demand for a complete inquiry into
every phase of the inquiry.
There is hardly any question that
the President believes that attempts
have been made to hold up Wall
street interest and that the National
Association of "Manufacturers made
and unmade congressmen as it pleas
ed, and monkeyed with legislation
to the detriment of the people.
Indeed, there is good reason to be
lieve that the President is back of the
Mulhall "confession" published in
the New York World and Chicago
Tribune. It is believed that he knew
of the confession and that it was go
ing to be published.
It also is obvious that the President
now has no doubt that the Wilson
Underwood tariff bill will be passed.
Meantime, congressmen and men
of big business in Washington are
running around in circles shouting to
the high fieavens that the Mulhall
confession Is a mass of lies.
The most energetic denier of the
Mulhall cliarges Hep- McDermott
of the stockyards district of Chicago.
McDermott always has posed as
Jhe friend, of laboj; indeedhe always
has made a point of carrying a union
card, he himself having been a union
telegrapher at one time.
McDermott is held up to scorn by
Mulhall as one of the most subser
vient tools of the National Associa
tion of Manufacturers that ever was
lucky enough to get into congress.
Not only so, but McDermott also is
accused by Mulhall of being the paid
tool of Edward Tilden, the political
czar of the packers, and of forging
MulhalTs name to a check made out
to Mulhall by the McCormick estate
on the order of Harold F. McCormick.
The officials of the National Asso
ciation of Manufacturers are the
next most vigorous deniers of any
thing and everything charged.
The N. A. M. states first that it did
not at any time try to influence legis
lators or legislation, and that if it did
it only did so because some labor or
ganization was influencing legisla
tors or legislation the other way.
This indeed is the most humorous
point brought out in the entire ex
posure of the invisible government.
The National Association of Manu
facturers claiming that it never did
anything crooked at all, and that if
it did do anything crooked it was
justified in doing so.
The majority of the others involv
ed is taking the wiser course and not
talking at all, one way or the other.
This is the case with ex-President
Taft, Senator Nelson, ex-Rep. Mc
Kinley of Illinois, Rep. Bartholdt of
Missouri and Dalzell of Pennsylvania.
What is hurting the National As
sociation of Manufacturers even
more than the revelation of how they
influenced legislation and legislators
is the story of how they paid out
enormous sums to break strikes, how
they tried to bribe labor leaders and
how they kept spies in labor unions
and how they hired ministers and
priests to help in breaking strikes.
Thigis rejUlyfrurting tire association