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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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"I have one or two women on my
payroll who don't do anything else
but go around to different offices on
the Western Union system and size
up the atmosphere They report to
me what the feeling"-ss toward the
company. From conversations, gos
sip and chatter I have knowledge in
my head now of employes who are
members of the Commercial Telegra--phers'
union and may be discharged."
This is from testimony of T. W.
Carroll, Western Union division traf
fic superintendent at Chicago, before
U. S. industrial commission yesterday.
Answers slowly squeezed out of Car
roll by fast questions from Chairman
Frank P. Walsh brought admissions
of these facts.
Workers known to carry union
memberships are discharged. It's
the company policy fixed by President
Newcomb Carlton.
From $5 to $10 a month extra is
paid to operators who report every
thing they hear about the .workers
organizing. Reports are made to chief
Carroll said he hadn't heard the
Western Union has gum-shoe men.
Pres. Carlton testified there are
"about 12" and Vice Pres. Brooks
that there are "15 or 20" special
agents. Carroll said the only gum
shoe man he knew of was one C. G.
Roderick. He discharged Roderick
two years ago and since then has
had no special agents.
It took a lot of questions to pull
from Carroll the admission that he
authorized money to be paid a special
agent four -weeks ago in St. Louis.
At first he said he authorized the ex
pense not knowing what it was for,
but presuming it was in connection
with the affair of 30 men let out in
one wholesale discharge.
"I have no positive, reliable infor
mation what the money was paid
for," said CarrolL
"Come now," said Walsh. "Tell us
your theory. What is your surmise? ,
What do you" suppose the money was
"Well, I guess it was for mingling
with the men and finding out what
was going on."
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The most decisive victory for the
unions in their fight for a decent
wage under union conditions came
yesterday when the Sheet Metal Con
tractor's Ass'n, through their presi
dent, Harry Knisely, refused to lock
out the members of the sheet metal
workers' union.
Given the choice between their ob
ligations to the Building Construc
tion Employers' Ass'n, the gang of
bosses who are trying to control the
building indstry, and taking from
the building trades unions their
right to strike, the sheet metal em
ployers went with the unioij.
The Building Construction Em
ployers' Ass'n ordered the sheet
metal contractors to lock out their
men today because they refused to
sign the "blanket agreement" that
they would not call a strike upon
their bosses. This group of contract
ors have had almost no trouble re
cently with their union men and after
years of harmony could not lock out
the workmen.
About 1,800 men stayed on the job
today as a result of the favorable
action of the contractors. Their stand
will be formally announced to the
Building Construction Employers'
Ass'n today at 1:30. If they side
with the union men they forfeit a
bond of $1,500.
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Elizabeth, N. J. Police Commis
sioner William DeHart asked the en
actment of a speed limit for go-carts.
The commissioner seeks to compel
mothers to move with more celerity.
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Seven men arrested at Dearborn
hotel, 753 N. Dearborn, charged with
playmg cards for money.
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