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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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It is not likely that the Rock Island
railroad will be able to convince the
public that the machinists and ma
chinists' helpers are at fault for
going on strike at the C R. & P.
road's shops at Blue Island and 47th
and Wentworth.
The agreement between the Rock
Island road and its shop employes
specifies that promotion to the job
of assistant foreman must be made
from men working in the shop where
the position is to be filled.
When a night foreman vacancy
occurred at the R. L's Blue Island
shop, F. C. Ruggles was imported
from the shops of another road, the
C. & E. I., at Evansville, Ind. Later
he was made ass't day foreman of
Ruggles was not only imported
from another road for the job, but he
is not even a member of the machin
ists' union. The men gave plenty of
time for the company to rectify what
it termed a flagrant violation of the
agreement; they even offered to com
promise and let Ruggles hold the job,
if he would join the union, but they
were turned down. They struck to
preserve the integrity of their agree
ment, which the company seems to
consider a "mere scrap of paper."
They now demand Ruggles' dismis
sal. Tonight the boilermakers, black
smiths, carmen and sheet metal
workers will meet at Sullivan's hall,
47th and Wentworth, and chances
are they may find it necessary to
strike, too, as their employment is
supposed to be protected by the same
kind of an agreement A strike of
machinists all over the Rock Island
system is a possibility.
The machinists blame'P. J. Colli
gan, master mechanic, for the trou
ble. They say Colligan gained a rep-'
utation at Delhart, Tex., as an en
emy of union labor and that he is
now antagonistic to unionism. They
point out that their former master
mechanic, Rob't L. Stewart, worked
in harmony with the union men and
that thereby gained for the 47th and
Wentworth shop the reputation of
having the best railroad shop in the
It is said of Stewart that he would
not allow backsliding union men to
remain in service.
Baltimore, Md., July 14. Super
Zeppelins, capable of carrying pas
sengers will probably soon be oper
ating between Germany and the U.
S. Captain Koenig of the Germarf
submarine Deutschland, intimated
The Deutschland's dash for Ger
many drew nearer today. Her holds
were rapidly filled with nickel and
rubber and everything was arranged
whereby she could make a swift and
safe get-away. ,
The hydroplane stored secretly at
her dock will be used to "blaze a
trail" past th Virginia Capes, if it
finds a hole in the British war vessel
lines, the Deutschland will take the
chance of running that blockade im
mediately. In any event, Captain
Koenig is securely confident that
sooner or later he will give the allied
patrol the laugh and be merrily on
his way bick with his million dollar
o o
Theodore Wasserman, 439 Oak
dale av., killed his wife and little girl
today and then committed suicide.
The tragedy was grewsome. Was
serman chloroformed his 20-months'-old
daughter to death, then
chloroformed his wife into uncon
sciousness, cut "her throat and beat
her head in. He cut an artery in his,
own wrist and bled to death.
Wasserman was president of the
Wasserman Cement Contracting Co.
Reverses in business are believed to
have prompted his act.

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