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the state capital -and politicians of
the old line, with the aid of high
priced legal "talent," have searched
for possible bases on which they can
knock out the equal rights bill.
The women have expressed confi
dence that they have gained support
rather than lost any in the present
makeup of both houses.
Sen. John Dalley. "boss of Peoria"
and chief of the Ettelson-Barr-Dailey
clique, has been named as one of the
men who will try to find a possible
way of beating the women.
The news has also crept silently up
from Springfield that on the final deal
of the "wet" and "dry" proposition
rests the ultimate fight of the war on
Just what sort of a deal bearing on
the equal suffrage law is contemplat
ed has not been fully explained as the
"drys" at the last session were warm
supporters of the women.
What part Gov. Dunne will play in
the scrap Is not known. The present
legislature Is not very close to Dunne
and the chances are he would ntot be
able to hold in line any Democrats
who wanted to jump.
CHICAGO LABOR BODY WANTS
LITERACY TEST INCLUDED
Immediately upon hearing of Pres.
Wilson's veto of the immigration
bill with the literacy test, the Chicago
Federation of Labor dispatched a
telegram to the members of the
house of representatives urging them
to enact the bill over the president's
Through the American Federation
of 'Labor 2,200,000 members have
protested a bill without the literacy
test, which, they claim, will admit to
this country hordes of illiterate im
migrants, with whom they will have
to compete for bread.
The telegram is as follows: "The
regular meeting of the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor was held a few days
ago with more than 400 delegates
present, representing 260 local
unions, with a membership of 200,-
000 workers. After a full and free
discussion it was decided by a stand
ing vote that the literacy test was a
law necessary to the people of this
country. The motion was passed by
a vote of 380 to 20. We urge you to
enact this bill over the president's
John Fitzpatrick, president of the
federation, said that organized labor
was thoroughly aroused and was go
ing to begin an energetic campaign
for the passage of the law.
"With the problem of unemploy
ment staring us in the face and with
more foreigners here than we can as
similate in 50 years, this law is badly
needed," said Fitzpatrick. "The
countries which promote conditions
which make workers migrate would
be compelled to change those condi-"
tions if people were made to stay at
home. There has never been a 'case
in the history of the world where a
class or a race have been oppressed
so that they have not finally gotten
out from under."
WOULD PASS BILL OVER VETO
Washington, Jan. 29. The house
immigration committee today voted
to reject the president's veto o'f the
immigration bill anl decided to at
tempt to have the house next Thurs
day pass the bill over the veto, limit
ing debate to six hours. Committee
men Sabath, Goldregle and Moore
voted to sustain the veto.
TO DISCUSS PENNY TRANSFER
FROM "L" TO SURFACE
Bion J. Arnold, who "reorganized"
street railway service under the 1907
ordinances, and draws $30,000 a
year from the city of Chicago and the
street railway companies as chief
supervising engineer, told local
transportation subcommittee yester
day that he has three telegrams from
other cities where they want Mm to
solve the traction problem.
On Arnold's request, and so as to
fit in with his program, it was agreed