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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 06, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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The Lumber Dealers' ass'n got a
terrific jolt from behind when Ed
ward Hines, Chicago's biggest lum
ber dealer, refused to abide by its
order to cease selling lumber to con
tractors who signed the agreement
desired by the union carpenters.
The association declared a boycott
against the contractors who were
willing to pay the new wages de
manded by the carpenters that it
might help the Carpenter Contrac
tors' ass'n and the Building Construc
tion Employers' ass'n to break the
carpenters' strike. Hines' action puts
an awful crimp in their plans, for
Hines can furnish: the fair contrac
tors with an almost unlimited amount
of lumber, and the other dealers will
either have to disobey orders or lose
Hines has a single contract call
ing for millions of feet of lumber to
be used in building the great new
auto speedway at Maywood. A few
days ago it was decided to use wood
instead of concrete or brick in floor
ing the course. This work is being
done by contractors who are paying
the new wages demanded by the car
penters and who have not asked the
carpenters to sign the Simon O'Don
nell uniform agreement.
After quoting the story of a trust
daily which told of the Lumber Deal
ers 'ass'n passing a resolution which
had the effect of a boycott, a bulletin
of 20.Q00 copies has been issued un
der the signature of 12 prominent la
bor men asking if the action of the
lumbermen is not in violation of the
anti-trust law.
"If the article be true," says the
bulletin in referring to a story in The
Daily News of April 24, "then we find
an organized conspiracy against
trades unions and we find 'captains'
of the lumber industry, who have no
part in the industrial situation, de
liberately going out of business and
refusing supplies to men whose only
offense is that which consists of the
fact that they are going along peace
ably with their employes.
"The newspapers of April 27 her
alded the news that 100, consisting of
labor men and small-fry contractors,
had been indicted by the U. S. grand
The bulletin declares that no
charge can be brought against these
men so serious as that which could
be brought against the lumbermen
for refusing to sell to certain con
tractors simply because they had
signed, agreements with their men.
The bulletin asks: "Is the law one
sided? Are criminal statutes only to
be invoked against those who toil
and the middle class citizen? Are the
'captains of industry' to go 'unwhipt
of justice' simply because of their
wealth or supposed influence?
"In every prosecutor's office,
whether federal or state, they are ap
parently very busy seeking ways and
means to involve union men in crim-
final charges. Why not some activity
in a case that flaunts the criminal
statutes in the columns of the daily
press and that should invite investi
gation from every officer interested
in law enforcement?"
Meanwhile the Lumber Dealers'
ass'n is gulping hard, not for fear of
law, but because Edward Hines has
deserted them.
"Our language is beyond my ken,"
Complained old Mr. Hutch.
'For I know that the closest men i
Are those I cannot touch." ;
Cincinnati Enquirer.
o o
J. W. McRae arrested for passing
bad checks. Burns detective over
heard conversation of McRae's ste
nographer. This lead to the arerst.
Personal holdings of Common
wealt Edison Co., $31,000,000, and
those of aMrshall Fiel destate $14,
500,000, according to assessors' office.
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