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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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The Chicago Federation of Labor
wants Harry Olson, chief justice of
the municipal courts, to tell why he
is reported by newspapers to be ad
dressing businessmen's clubs and
Baying that trial by jury is going to
be abolished. v
"Secretary Nockels was instructed
to send a list of questions to the
judge, who is invited to answer them
either by mail or by going to the next
federation meeting.
These are the questions'
"Did you, in an address before the
Credit Men's Ass'n at the Hotel La
Salle, Nov. 16, as reported in news
papers, predict the abolition of trial
by jury? If so, on what grounds?
Do you know of a movement for the
abolition of the jury system? Are
you personally in favor of the aboli
tion of the jury system?
The federation fought Olson's
proposed municipal .court act, which
was overwhelmingly defeated in a
referendum last spring. Att'ys Dan
iel Cruice and Wm. Rodriguez will
analyze Judge Olson's explanations
from a labor viewpoint.
Delegate Dold said: "Olson don't
go on fool's errands. He is shrewd
enough to know what he is doing. If
he is out leading a movement to de
stroy the jury system we want to
know it"
Oscar P. Nelson, delegate from the
postofflce clerks' union, presented a
resolution criticising and condemn
ing Postmaster DA. Campbell's con
duct in discharging a score of men
from the postal service because they
can't work as fast as they used to.
A copy of the protest will be sent to
PoBtmaster General Burleson, Post
master Campbell and Senator Lewis.
"We have figured up the average
wages of these men since they, en
tered the service of their country and
found out that it waB 900 a year,"
said Nelson. "We have urged Con
gress to pass a -law, not a. pension
law, but providing enough 'money to
form the nucleus of a retirement
fund, to 'which the men coilld con
tribute and advance the pay of the
men so that they will not be depen
dent upon charity in their old age.
There are hundreds of jobs in the
federal building which these so
called superannuated men could have
filled. It was just clever politics
which led Campbell to-tell the papers
the administration made him do this.
The orer to economize was sent out
from headquarters six months ago
and until a week ago he disregarded
it Why?
"Pensions make moral cowards
out of the men. It robs them of in
dividuality. For instance, take the
employes of the Pennsylvania rail
road who have not organized be
cause of the fear that they would be
Ered and so lose their pensions.
Again take the police and fire depart
ments, who are governed by the
reigning political power. Many po
lice are obliged to partake in crooked
deals by their commanding officers
and dare not do different for fear of;
losing their pensions."
WHO IWWT5 To do?
iMk ,
Edward S. Card, former r.itv He.
tective, began "60-day term in jatiV
Sentenced two years ago.

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