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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 09, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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ing and- rising from the sea under
normal conditions with a heavily
loaded machine would be very difficult."
ft MAKES STRONG PLEA FOR
MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP
A strong appeal for municipal
ownership of all public utilities was
made yesterday in a speech before
the Women's Party of Cook County
by Esther Palkenstein.
"All publicutilities should be
owned by the city and managed by
the people," said Mrs. Falkenstein.
"The present situation is undoubted
ly due to poor management on the
part of the voters.
"If women were in the" city coun
cil they would immediately clean up
the present telephone service. They
would purchase the automatic tele
phone system and run it for the bene
fit of the masses and not for the
classes.
"With a few women as aldermen
there would be cause for the grafting
corporations to sit up and take notice.
Then the common people would get
justice."
Charles H. Mitchell, attorney for
election board, declared that elec
tion frauds were made possible by the
failure of officials to enforce the laws.
Aid. L. D. Sitts also spoke.
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VOTERS LEAGUE REPLY
Branding Mayor Harrison as a
trickster, the Municipal Vofers'
League have replied to the hot state
ment emitted by the mayor last week.
The reply, for the most part, is
merely a denial of the charges made
by the mayor.
The old dharges of being in collu
sion with "grey wolves" is made
against the mayor.
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PLAN "JOBLESS DAY"
At a meeting of the International
Brotherhood Welfare Ass'n, held in
Hull House, a resolution was adopted
indorsing a national "Jobless Day,"
similar to the annual Labor Day cele
bration. The resolution was forwarded to
Samuel Gompers of the American
Federation of Labor, requesting him
to make the project known throughr
out the country.
April 1 was selected as the day of
protest, when the unemployed will
march in procession in the most
prosperous sections of each com
munity. HOP-PICKERS ARE RAILROADED
INTO LIFE TERMS
By Jack Jungmeyer.
Marysville, Cal., Feb. 9. Richard
Ford and Herman Suhr, leaders of
the-, hop-pickers in their strike a year
ago, must spend the remainder of
their lives in prison.
A community wanted vengeance
and, because these men had been
leaders and "agitators," they were,
seized by hatred, masquerading as
law, and railroaded to life sentences
on charges of planning the murder
of Dis't Att'y Manwell.
So biased and prejudiced was the
manner in which the men were treat
ed during their trial that, in addition
to a legal appeal, a protest will be pre-'
sented to Gov. Johnson, signed by
hundreds of workers.
The evidence against Ford and"
Suhr was circumstantial and meager, '
beyond the proof that they were lead
ers of the strike preceding the trag-
edy.
That the trials were tragical farces
and the sentences imposed upon them
examples of grave injustice is the as-
sertion of thousands who followed i
the trial. I sat and listened to the
flimsy testimony. I saw the power
of the special prosecutor over the"
judge and jury, a special prosecutor
who in private practice is a lawyer
for the rich hop barons. And to each)
charge of injustice and prejudice .II
agree. These men are sent to prison
for life, not for murder, but because!
they were agitators and leaders.
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