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The retail merchant who helps Big, Business to crush organized labor
is helping Big Business to crush little Business. Little Business is inter
ested in good wages for the many instead of in enormous profits for the
Workingmen customers are the best customers. There are more of
them. There isn't a department store in Chicago that could live off the
employing class. Yet that class is slowest about paying its bills and de
mands more special privileges and concessions and attention than the
much more numerous better-paying class.
Anyhow, it would be a good idea for Little Business to look around
and see what's going on.
Big Business cares no more for Little Business than it cares for Labor;
and if Little Business knew its business it would line up with labor before
it is made a part of the working class by being driven out of business.
Labor is learning the strength of union. When all the workers on the
Southern Pacific Railway quit work recently the road was tied up and
couldn't do business. It had to come to terms and agree to arbitrate its
differences with the employes.
It is becoming more difficult daily to play one set of workingmen
against another. It will become more and more difficult to find men who
will scab on their brother workers. It is becoming more and more difficult
to play one union against another union in the same industry.
And it is going to become more and more difficult to govern working- ,
men with private armies of hired gunmen, or with kept newspapers that
lie for the benefit of Big Business.
The middlemen who absorb so many profits before the product of the
producer reaches the consumer will be cut out; and that will put a lot of
ignorant business men out of business. '
Co-operation is on the way.
FIRST ATTACK MADE ON THE
EQUAL SUFFRAGE LAW
The first effort to break the new
equal suffrage bill was made yester
day afternoon by the filing of a suit
in Pekin, HI., to declare the bill un
constitutional. The carrying of a $150,000 bond
issue for a new courthouse in Taze
well county by women's votes is
made the basis of the suit. But be
hind the bill is seen an organized
combine which hopes to take the bal
lot from the women.
In the suit it is contended that the
equal suffrage act is unconstitutional
because it conflicts with the consti
tution of the state, and the consti
tution has never been amended.
The Illinois Equal Suffrage Asso
ciation, however, is girding for the
battle. They do not intend that their
rights shall be assailed in this man
ner. They charge the liquor interests
with being the instigators of this lat
Mrs. Grace Wilbur Trout, president
of the association, called a hurried
conference of representatives of the
Chicago Political Equality League,
the Woman's Party and other organi
zations. They were in session for
three hours laying plans for the com
Mrs. Trout issued a statement as
suring the women of Illinois they
would not be robbed of the ballot
and the suit would be contested by
as capable lawyers as can be found
In the state.
Mrs. Trout openly charges the li
quor dealers with this latest attack:
The women have been assured bji
former Probate Judge Cutting1 that
the law is valid and will have td
Anton J. Cermak, secretary of the
United Societies, denied that his ort