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TWO MEN MARY PICKFORD'S STORY TOD AX J
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newsocwer, Daily. Except. Sunday
VOL. 4, NO. 164 Chicago, Friday, April 9, 1915
398 1
ILLINOIS CENTRAL IS ACCUSED OF
HIRING EX-CONVICTS AS SPIES
Labor 'Official Says Railroad Pays Men to Join Union
to, Spy. on Activities U. S. Industrial Relations
Probe Goes Deeper.
f Working -in Chicago factories and
railroad shops today, are hundreds of
spies and spotters hired to Join unions
and carry cards of membership, ac
cording to A. O. Wharton, president
r of the American Federation of Labor
railway department. He, testified be
fore the federal industrial relations
commission and put into the commis
sion's record photographs of ex-convicts
employed as spies.' in labor
unions. . ,
. "HerefsapictarefromJtheTOgues'
gallery of the St Louis police -department,
of A. E. Strang, -who joined
the machinists' union in Pittsburgh,"
said Wharton. "He was a member
five years,, until during, the. Illinois.
Irai strike we awipkftiim making
reports to be sent to a postofficehoi
for -use by a detective agency
"There's a lot of yelling-about vio
lence by labor unions'. Look at the
record of some of " the men used
against unions. This fellow, Strang,
has a teh-year record as a criminal.
One of his" crimes, was throwing a
botiie of muriatic acid into the face
of a woman. He operated as a con
fidence man, generally with a woman,
as his pal. When arrested recently
by the St Louis' police he was living
with a shoplifter, a "woman not his
wife, one of the many he' has had,
stealing with, him or for him.
"If the life records of the Pinker
,ton agency, the .Thiel agency, private
detectives and labor union, spies could:
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