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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 03, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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A letter today from Chicago
Church Federation council to gar
ment manufacturers takes a bold
knock at the refusal of the Kuppen
heimers and Rosenwalds to meet the
strikers and talk over arbitration.
As the council stands for 800 Pro
testant churches and 300,000 active
church members it's a letter with a
powerful kick of politics and public
opinion to it. Coming only a few days
after Mayor Thompson's attack on
the preachers as encouraging vio
lence and murder, it is taken to mean
that the preachers feel stronger than
before in their position that Big Bill
hasn't got a leg to stand on in his
claim that the strikers' violence is de
laying strike settlement.
Across the hall from .Room 1322,
Y. M. C. A. bldg., the Church Federa
tion council office, is the office of
Arthur Burrage Farwell and the Law
and Order league. Next to that is the
office of the state court of Guardians
of Liberty. All these work together
more or less. After the mayor's dry
Sunday order, this was the one cor
ner in town where Big Bill had the
most friends. Now the icicles are
growing longer every day there.
A bomb explosion at 1039 Morgan
st early this morning was shaped up
by the Evening Post as an attack by
strikers on a strikebreaker, Giovanni
Partipilo, who lives there. All early
editions of other papers played it as
an ordinary Black Hand affair. At
garment strike headquarters it was
stated that any day they expect a
blow-up and blame laid on strikers
by police.
"In Lawrence, Mass.", said W. D.
Haywood of the Industrial Workers
of the World, "dynamite was planted
in. strikers' homes. Ernest W. Pit
nam, a contractor, killed himself
when summoned to testify before a
grand jury about the plants. John J.
Breen, an undertaker, wasthe state's
chief witness. He confessed and was
let off with a $500 fine."
Ellen Gates Starr, speaking to min
isters Monday, said that breaking of
windows and other rough stuff in this
strike comes from private agents of
employers, detectives and sluggers.
"Very satisfactory; I have hopes,"
was the comment of Sidney Hillman,
garment union head, atfer meeting
with Mayor Thompson this noon.
It's admitted there's- a chance now
that Thompson will act. Hillman told
the mayor that while strikers prob
ably committed some violence, the
mass of it is to be blamed on police
and sluggers. Mayor Thompson or
dered Corp. Counsel Ettelson to con
fer with State's Att'y Hoyne on
crimes Hillman alleged against de
tectives and sluggers.
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Aldermen Kerner, Merriam and
Block, a subcommittee of the finance
committee, will recommend to that
body today the discharge of the civil
service commission by the mayor and
that they be prosecuted by the state's
Chairman Kerner will urge the
committee to adopt the report imme
diately, so that it may be taken up
in the council Monday night The
same subcommittee succeeded in
getting their report recommending
that the mayor discharge Boiler In
spector Nye to the meeting last week.
The mayor refused to take action,
saying Nye was the most efficient in
spector the city ever had.
A few days late Nye discharged 15
inspectors that had been recom
mended to him for employment by
the mayor. The majority of his in
spectors are now civil service men.

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