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The pressmen's union,, which had been locked out of the Hearst press
room May 1, 1912, also got busy. It sent speakers to various union meetings
all over town, calling the attention of union men to the situation.
Union after union denounced the edition as a scab edition and im
posed fines on anyunionman who read or bought the Examiner.
Ten thousand union painters in Chicago withdrew from the Building
Trades Council because'of President O'DonnelTs deal with Hearst, and
22,500 union carpentersMhrough their district council, denounced the edi
tion and O'DonnelTs connection with it
Nearly every labor organization in Chicago took similar action, until
several hundred thousand union men were on record against the edition.-
President Berry of the International Printing Pressmen's and Assist
ants' Union took the matter up with other-international officers of various
union organizations and they stood with him and the pressmen in the fight.
Hearst kept up-the battle fora few-weeks, but 'the "pressure became
stronger and stronger. Finally the Examiner quit saying anything about
the great trades union edition, and has been silent as the grave on that
subject fpr several weeks.
And today's the day. But there was no trades union edition of the
Examiner onthe news stands. There was no trades union edition on "the
streets. There were no labor editorials by Simon O'Donnell and Peter
Shaughnessy. Nothirig but the regular edition of Hearst's morning paper
and in deep silence.
Hearst laid town. He quit cold. Organized labor had driven him into
a corner, and he then turned tail and ran. " '
It was a wonderful demonstration of the power of the working people
when they act together for their own interests. It was an object lesson
that may help the newspaper publishers' trust to see that it has-a man's job
on its hands when it starts into lick the unions and make Chicago an .open
It may open the eyes of the people generally to what they can do to
protect themselves from newspapers that represent the interests of Big
Businss instead of the interests of the public.
The suffrage edition was a fizzle because the working women among
the suffragists .would have nothing to do with' it But the trades union edi
tion was worse than a fizzle. Because there was no such thing. Hearst
But union pressrfien are still locked out of the Hearst pressroom. And
union pressmen are still walking the, streets of Chicago and their places
are filled with finks.
JOHN F. O'MALLEY WINS $7,500
SUIT AGAINST EXAMINER
John P. OTHaLfey, North Side politi
cian, walloped the Chicago Examiner
O'Malley was awarded a verdict of
$7,500 by Judge Mangan for an al
leged libelous article printed in the
Chicago Examiner on Nov. 24, 1911,
in which O'Malley was referred to as
"the gambling king of Chicago."
There is great rejoicing on the
JJorth Side today iai the fdistrictvin
which "John F"is known as the
avowed enemy of the Hearst brand of
O'Malley sued for $100,000. The js
uit was directed against the Illinois, .
Frintine ana .PUDnsmnc: Co.. nubllsh-
er of the Examiner.
Riverside (Cat.) Enterprise doesn't
like Francis Heney for U. S. senator
because "he's been a failure in poli
tics." That must be about as bad as
being a-failure in the Senate. ""