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we have sent them. The ammuni
tion in this fight is facts and truth. The committee I am asking you to appoint will exchange information of local conditions for information of national comissions witbMhe Wash ington body. It will serve to keep you in touch with your movement. This afternoon 100 other central bodies are taking this step. Within a month a thousand such committees will have been appointed." Frank P. Walsh, chairman of the committee, had accepted an invita tion to speak before the federation. When he found he could not come he sent Manly. Manly told the federa tion how the committee is fighting to get the report published. He told how an organization of "minute men" is being formed so the committee could fiave an investigator at the seat of any industrial trouble at a minute's notice. Then he read to the federa tion the report of West telling the cause of the Youngstown strike "riots." The Youngstown strike was not caused by Wall street manipulators or foreign agents, says the, report. It was the natural outcome of brutal ized wage slaves, who, for the first time in the lives found they could quit a Job without starving. There is every reason to believe that the 10 per cent increase, announced by Judge Elbert Gary to go into effect Feb. 1, was brought about by the strike. Immigration has permitted the steel trust, up to this time, to have two workers for every job. Al though the strike was against two corporations not connected with the U. S. Steel Corporation the full re sponsibility lies with the latter. The heads of both the Republic Iron & Steel Co. and the Youngstown Sheet Tube Co. admitted to West that their wages were governed by those paid by the U. S. Steel Corporation. The strikers didn't only take Jew elry, but they took food, clothing and children's shoes, continues West. All i of the account books of the butch-1 ers and grocers, to whose these la borers owed enormous amounts, were burned along with the postof f, o "ecords. which contained six pos tal saving accounts from the 9,000 "slaves" of Youngstown. West Teports that East Youngs town is an "industrial hell .hole." He says the saloon interests control the city and that of the 9,000 population there are only 450 voters. There is not a church in the city. He says the workers were bound in an industrial and economic slav ery. That in the years of 1907 and 1908 and in 1913 and 1914 and the first nine months of 1915 the men were given three to five days' work a week and that married men were giv en the preference. Conditions be came so bad among the employes of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. that the company organized its own relief department' and deducted the aid given from the pay of the men when they came back to work. The men worked 12 hours a day and 7 days a week when they worked at all. In the last year only 58 per cent of the men have managed to earn as much as $600 a year ($12 a week) and the TJ. S. labor bureau says it takes $700 a year to live de cently. Organized charity is the same in Youifgstown as elsewhere. West in terviewed J. N. Hanson, sec'y of the charity organization society there. Hanson told him that low wages had nothing to do with the horrible con ditions. He blamed the situation on drink and bad management "This is the report of one of the minute men. There will be other reports of other outbursts," said Manly. "The U. S. industrial rela tions committee was formed to con tinue the work of the commission The report of the commission wag labor's declaration of -independence. It was compiled by us on the infor mation furnished mainly by you. Wa want it published and acted upon. So far no one has dared oppose it-"