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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 21

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EXPLAINS HOVf PACKERS KILL
HOGS AND WORKERS
"They kill hogs and steers and
sheep out in the slaughter houses of
the Armours and Swifts. These they
kill with kniv.es that slit the throats
of the hogs and with hammers that
batter in the skulls ot the steers.
"Back of the yards, where the
working people live, they kill babies
and mothers and fathers. These they
kill with low wages and ghastly liv
ing conditions."
These were statements of Aid. John
C. Kennedy to a Day Book reporter
just before he took the witness stand
yesterday to testify before the
U. S. industrial relations commission
at the Hotel Sherman.
It was understood that Kennedy
would read to the commission the
suppressed parts of a report made
by him while he was head of an in
vestigation into wage and living con
ditions in the stockyards district two
years ago.
It is known one part of this report
(never printed) reads as brutally as'
some-of the stories from the war
struck sections of Europe.
In one little block of houses there
were 26 deaths in a year. Consump
tion took one-third of them.
"It was an undertakers' harvest,"
says a friend of Kennedy's who has
seen the report.
J. Ogden Armour, head of the
world's greatest food producing com
pany, takes the stand today.
Wesley Russell, secretary Commer
cial Telegraphers' union, put into
evidence a "general discharge list"
signed by T. P. Cook, general super
intendent of the Western Union Co.
today. The list goes out to all divi
sions. After names of many men are
the words "discharged for cause."
This means a man is a union man
and should not be hired again.
"The unionman is put on the same
level with the embezzler," he said,
"Neither of them can get jo"bs again.
The blacklist is sure arid deadly."
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"R. M. Shoemaker, chief special
agent of the Western Union, has his
office at Room 15, 192 Broadway, -New
York, across the street from 1951
Broadway, the W. U. headquarters.'
From here he directs the movements!
of the army of spies and spotters that
name all men who are for organiza
tion and are discharged."
Russell put into evidence a letter'
signed by Shoemaker. It was- sent
to G. C. Roderick, then a gum-shoe'
man at Chicago. It told Roderick:
"Get on the inside of the union and
find out what they are doing. Your
expenses should be entered on a sep
arate account and sent to me."
The salary and expenses of one
gum-shoe man, as shown by a record"
Russell had, were $160 for one
month. One copy of each such ex
pense account goes to Vice Pres. Bel-'
videre Brooks and to,T. P. Cook, Chi-J-cago
superintendent.
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RUSSIA TOO SAD FOR HUMORIST'
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