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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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New York, Sept 23. New York
street car strikers and 800,000 who
will go out in sympathy next Wednes
day will stay out all winter if that
is found necessary to win their fight1
for right to organize, according to
Samuel Gompers, president of Amer
ican Federation of Labor.
Labor president declared today that
organized labor throughout the na
tion has recognized in the New York
situation one of the most vital turn
ing points in history of unionism.
He 'said organized labor has there
fore accepted the challenge and will
back New York workers to last limits
of its moral, physical and financial
power. v
New York, Sept. 23. New York
awaited with apprehension today for
next turn in labor war which threat
ens on next "Wednesday, when order
for general "suspension of work" be
comes effective, to make largest city
of this country a city of dead indus
tries. Developments of last 24 hours
have injected much "bitterness into
labor situation developing from strike
of surface, subway and elevated car
men. The general strike order, as inter
preted by union leaders, today is
merely notice to employers that
union men will not ride to work on
cars run by non-union men and
,. guarded by police, but, they assert,
its .-effect will be a complete tie-up of
industry through refusal to work of
nearly 800,000 union members.
Pres. Shonts of Interboro was un
der fire today for recommendations
which he made in circular addressed
to district attorney and to individual
members of grand jury, urging that
grand jury, which is understood to
have returned five or six secret in
dictments for violence in strike, in
dict labor leaders for conspiracy.
.Dis't Att'y Swann announced that
honts' action invalidated any action
present grand jury might take and
that he would have to call another if
probe into strike is continued.
"If any law has been violated by
men appealing to the grand jury,"
Ass't Dis't Att'y Dooling said, "the
district attorney will proceed against
offender just as vigorously as he
would against the humblest stone
While general walkout is four days
off and many believe the investiga
tion to be opened Tuesday by state
board of conciliation and arbitration
will prevent it, New York was facing
more serious transportation difficul
ties today in threatened spread of the
present strike. Police were dispatch
ed to Brooklyn today when a tip was
received that union organizefs were
to start work organizing a walkout
in Brooklyn Rapid Transit lines. Car
'men of Richmond borough mean
while threatened walkout before
night if demands they have presented
- are not granted.
Police rushed to Brooklyn termin
als found no evidence of attempt to
tie up lines there. Rumor that such
an attempt was to he made has been
current for several days.
Call was issued today by Assembly
man Vincent Gilroy to assemblymen
and senators of New York city to
meet Monday night to formulate re
quest on governor for special session
of state legislature to end strike.
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Bomb thrown from South Side ele
vated train today landed on garage
of Atlas Co. 2334 Wabash av. Ex
ploded near tank containing 540 gal
lons oi gasoline. No damage was
done except broken windows. None
New York. Though defeated in
Republican primaries by Wm. Calder,
whom he will actively support for
election, Rob't Bacon will also be
candidate for senator. He was put
on ticket by American party and now.
, name can't be withdrawn,

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