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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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Fifty-seven per cent of the union
carpenters who went on strike are
back to work with fair contractors;
96 per cent of the strikeing painters
are working; only 38 hardwood fin
ishers in Chicago were idle yester
day. With so many men working reg
ularly the unfair employers will have
a hard time "starving out" these
striking unions. If the carpenters re
ject the compromise offer of the Car
pente Contractorr1 ass'n and it comes
to a fight to the finish the unions are
perhaps better fired for a long battle
than the contractors. Every union
has an enormous "war fund" and
with so many men working the re
turn from the strike assessment is
enormous. In fact, things line up so
well that the original plan to make
the strike assessment 20 cents an
hour was abandoned and the assess
ment is but 10 cents an hour.
The strikers and those locked out
are not losing much money. The
contractors are. The contractors'
have their money tied up in expen
sive offices, equipment and high-salaried
men and these expenses are
nearly as much when the firms are
idle as when they are working.
The union men who are working
are getting the wage they want under
the conditions they desire. The 11,
700 carpenters who are working are
getting 70 cents an hour and the
agreement under which they are em
ployed is minus all of the obnoxious
clauses of the Simon O'Donnell uni
form agreement.
"We have more men working than
at any time in years," said Secretary
Lindeloff of Painters' District Coun
cil. "So far as work is concerned
we don't know there is a strike. This
will .last till June, then the annual
mid-summer slump will thorw many
of our men out of work. But this
slump comes every year. It is a thing
to be expected."
"We've not had so many men work
ing in a long time," said Ray Stew
art, business agent of the hardwood
"We have as many men at work as
we would have at this time in other
years," said Albert Alex of the
locked-out lathers.
Tonight the Carpenters' District
Council will decide whether or not it
shall authorize a referendum vote on
the offer of the contractors. The de
cision will undoubtedly be in the af
firmative. The contractors offer to
let the men work 18 months with no
increase in pay. They will then grant
a 2y2 cent increase. Under this ar
rangement the carpenters would in
three years be getting 5y2 cents an
hour less than they asked and 2y2
cents less than they are now getting
from fair contractors.
Rome. To head off possible civil
war, King Victor Emanuel signed de
cree convoking chamber of deputies
qarly next week.
King acted on advice of leaders of
both warring1 interventionist and
neutral factions. Serious rioting by
mobs favoring war broke out afresh
yesterday and the king was told the
situation was rapidly getting beyond
control of military.
For second time with 24 hours mob
of interventionists invaded parlia
ment building, smashing windows
and wrecking furniture. From the
parliament building the mob again at
tempted to march to royal palace.
Two cavalry squadrons guarding
the approaches rushed the crowd re
peatedly and drove them back. Sev
eral persons were injured.
An angry crowd attacked the mo
tor car of the German deputy, Erz
berger, smashing in the windows.
The mob pressed in about the limou
sine .shouting: "Death to the Ger
mans! To the frontier with the bar
barians!" Erzberger escaped by
speeding through the crowd.
Milan. Mobs paraded streets to

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