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STAND-UP COLLAR IS THE COUNTERSIGN
LABOR CLASS CAN DO THE FIGHTING
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Above is the application blank for admission to the "citizens' training
camp" at Fort Sheridan, 111., note the words underscored.
Has the war department any
"shoulder straps" for labor?
Jb rank in the United States army
the exclusive privilege of wealth?
Is place in the ranks the "special
privilege" of the laboring man?
Men who sought admission to the
citizens' military training camp, just
broken up at Ft Sheridan, put these
questions in effect up to the war
department and the answer that
came right back from Fort Sheridan
sounded something like this:
"Stay at home until there is blood
to spill, bodies, to maim, souls to rack
on the battlefield; then you can FOL
LOW us into the fight, and there'll be
plenty for you to dol" , J
To some of the laboring men who
talked about the war department's in
difference to their applications for
permission to train- in the citizen
soldiers' camp, this
"Looks as if we were trying to
place the army of defense under the
control of SNOBS; looks as if our'
army is not an impartial weapon of
defense, but a weapon to protect the
plunder of the wealthy."
"The laboring man is awake to the
conditions of affairs," says Honore
Jaxon, a leader of labor who recruited
more than 100 laboring men for
training at Ft Sheridan, only to find
their applications rejected BECAUSE
JHEY DIDN'T HAVE THE. "POCK-
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