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OME WARM NEWS BREAKING BEHIND CLOSED
DOORS OF RAILWAY EMPLOYES CONVENTION
Inside stories are coming to Chi
cago from behind the closed doors of
the convention now on in Kansas
City of 214 delegates of the Railway
Employes' department of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor.
James W. Kline, president of the
Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and
Helpers, is on, trial, threatened, with
expulsion on the charge that he
made false statements concerning
the use of money by the Illinois
Central railroad to end; the shop
Pres. Wm. EL Johnson of Interna
tional Machinists." union declared,
that Kline is a character assassin
and said that if money was paid-by
the I. C. railroad to buy union of
ficials it must have been paid by
somebody and; Kline should say who
and how and when money was offered.
Kline's reply was that "a former
U. S. senator from the state of Illi
nois" came to. him, as a representa
tive of the IBteois Central railroad
and this senator made him an offer
of money if he would use bis influ
ence to have the strike called oM on
the L C. and. Harriman lines.
s Carl Person, editor of the National
News, and during the L C. strike edi
tor of the Strike Bulletin, was. on the
floor of the convention 22 hours, last;
Thursday and Friday speaking in de-.
fense of Kline and attacking Pres.
Johnson of the machinists, Pre& J.
A. Franklin of the Brotherhood of
Boilermakers, Pres. M. F. Ryan of
the Brotherhood of Car Men and
Pres. A. O. Wharton of the A. F. of
'L. Railway Employes' dep't for their
course of action in calling off the
"Bad blood was. in. the air during
"'the Person's speech' says the Kan
sas City Journal. "The first riot of
the session broke loose when, certain
delegates demanded that Person's
speech become; p$ o tfeft lj&m!m i
and published the same as other pro
ceedings of the convention. It is ru
mored that many participants to the
controversy were carrying guns and
shouts were heard from the side
walks in front of the labor temple
where the secret session was held."
"I believe the statements of Kline
that money was used to get the strike
called off are true," said Person in
his office in the Monon bldg. today.
"The I. C. strike was called off by
the executive oJLcers of the shop
men's unions involved, June 28, 1915.
It was done over the protest of Kline,
it was directly contrary to the will of
a referendum of the unions two
months previous when over 75 per
cent of the ballots were cast in favor
of not calling off the strike."
"The name of the former United
States senator who offered money to
Kline if he would help get the strike
called off will be made public this
There are only two former U. S.
senators in Chicago. They are Wm.
Lorimer and Wm. EL Mason. Mason
was at one time an attorney for the
I. C. railroad. t
BITS OF NEWS
Peter Stumphouse killed in barn,
fire at 2628 Berlin st
Edmond Von Kaenel, "steeplejack"
king" killed in fall from 100 ft. steel
stack at 659 Wells st
Twq armed negroes helej.up Pat
rick Horaa's saloon, 60 E. 30th st.
Brokers say they are being flooded
with orders to selL Traders afraid
of war talk.
Judge Kavanaugh to hear Erb-stein-O'Donnell
Found A gold tooth in a pie at the
Iowa Union pie social the other even
ing. Owner please get same from
H. B, Glen Elder correspondence of.
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