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COMPERS QUIETS EXCITING
PERIOD IN A..F. OF L. MEET
By John Edwin Nevin
Philadelphia, Nov. 12. President
Samuel Gompers of the American
Federation of Labor prevented what
promised to be a serious mixup at
today's session of the American Fed
eration of Labor. The fraternal del
egates representing the American
Federation of Churches and the Fed
eration of Catholic Societies se
verely criticised Socialism, despite
the heavy percentage of Socialists
Walter George Smith, representing
the Catholic federation, also stirred
the ire of many of the delegates, es
pecially those representing the min
ers, by his veiled references to the
Colorado and West Virginia strikes.
He declared that labor has received
a serious black eye through open
violence in connection with strikes
and expressed the opinion that under
no circumstances was violence jus
tifiable. It was his opinion that if
labor would always "turn the other
cheek" it would fare better.
Several delegates were on their feet
to secure recognition when President
"I believe in peace and order," said
Gompers, "and I deplore violence. No
man in this country will go farther
than I will in trying to settle our dif
ficulties by amicable measures. But,
I feel it is my duty to say at this time
that there comes a time in the affairs
of labor when meekly to bow oppres
sive demands upon it is to consent to
the riveting upon the wrists of indus
try of the shackles of oppression."
Wild applause and cries of "soak
him again" went up from every cor
ner of the hall.
President of the International Fur
Workers Union will hold meeting
Nov. 21 at 1125 Blue Island av., at
8 p. m.
John C. Kennedy will address at
Grace Church, Sunday night, 15th, on
"Peace and Wart" '
l. C. KEEPS AFTER PERSON AND
The persecution of Carl Person
and his associates is being kept up
by friends of the I. C. railway.
Yesterday Carl Person, editor of
the Strike Bulletin; James Meagher,
acting secretary of the I. C. System
Federation, and Floyd Gibbons, a
newspaper writer, who has helped on
the Bulletin, were arrested on a libel
charge made by State's Att'y Wil
liams of DeWitt county, who has led
the prosecution and who lost the
murder case against Person.
The men were released and left for
Clinton, HI., this morning to give
bond and enter their appearance.
They were accompanied by Att'y
Frank Comerford, who defended Ed
itor Person in the murder case.
Comerford says it is persecution.
The alleged libel is based on a poem
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the name of Gibbons and had to do
with the prosecution of Person.
CHAPIN AND THE HERALD
There's a story around newspaper
circles about how W. W. Chapin,
canned publisher of the Herald, came
to Chicago, saw and failed to con
quer. The story is that Chapin, who
breezed in from Seattle and 'Frisco,
was to put $150,000 into the Herald.
He was supposed to have lots of
dough. But he failed to come across
and about a week ago James Keeley,
editor and main squeeze on the Her
ald, sent a painter down,painted
Chapin's name off the door and made
way for a locksmith who changed the
lock. Then Chapin's goods and chat
tels were dumped into the hallway
and Chapin was out
Keeley has made a big improve
ment in the Herald, but ran into bad
luck by the war breaking out, mak
ing it tough sledding for all news
papers. So a call had to be made on
the million-dollar reserve or guaranty