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John Knies, all union men, members
of miners examining board.
The appeal is signed by the execu
tive board. Members,: Thos. Kelly,
Journeymen- Barbers; Jos. W. Mor
ton, Stationary Firemen ; Al Towers,
Moulders; Jas. Fj Daughton, Retail
Clerks; Geo. B. Jenkins, Carpenters;
Albert Vincent, Mine Workers; Rob
ert G. Fitchie, Teamsters; Ed Car
bine, Machinists; Michael J. Whalen,
Street Car Men; John H. Walker,
pres. HI. Fed. of Labor, and Victor A.
Olander, sec'y-treas. 111. Fed of
Connecting ties between" bloody
Mexico and greedy American cor
porations were laid yesterday by Sam
Gompers, head of the American Fed
eration of Labor, in a public talk at
the Powers theater yesterday. He
also nailed Teddy Roosevelt as a hy
pocrite politician.
The meeting was in answer to the
attacks of Larry Sherman, Illinois
senator,, who tried to get the presi
dential nomination because he "look
ed like Lincoln." Sherman was in
vited to deny anything Gompers said
at the meeting; but he didn't show
Teddy came in for his when Gom
pers referred to the Mexican issue
and Teddy's howl that he would have
"g&ne down and cleaned them up."
"There have been more crimes
that can be laid to the feet of Amer
ican exploiters "operating in Mexico
than all the crimes committed,
against Americans down there," he
"All but two recent revolutions in
Mexico have been financed by Stan
dard Oil or Wall street. Did you ever
hear of Harry Chandler and his gang
of revolutionists gathered along the
Pacific coast?
"He is the son-in-law of Harrison
Otis of the Los Angeles Times, own
er of 67,000 acres of land in Lower
California. The scheme was to grab
Lower California and then declare
its independence, so that this gov
ernment would have to take it under
Its wing. It does great credit to the
heart, the brain and the conscience
of our president that he would not
send us down there to clean up Mex
ico and fight the battles for her
American exploiters. .
"Why should Teddy say Wilson is
playing second fiddle through me? I
have proof right here in my hands
that I got a message from Geo. W.
Perkins to go down to Oyster Bay
and pass upon a speech the colonel
was.to deliver in Kansas City. I de
clined and he sent a messenger to
follow me to Washington and insist
upon it"
He told of the many times Teddy
had called upon him for advice and
aid and then asked whether it was,
Teddy or Wilson who had played sec
ond fiddle to the head of the Amer
ican Federation of Labor. Then he
took up the 8-hour law.
"Now comes the claim that it is
not an 8-hour law. Do labor men
make that claim? No. You of the
trades know that it limits the work
ing day and prevents overtime and
Sunday work by" penalizing it It
touches the corporation in 'the ten
derest part of its anatomy the
pocketbook. It is the same kind of
a law that legislated the 'phossy
jaw' matchmakers out of existence."
Then Gompers closed by showing
that Hughes had given the Danbury
Hatters' .case bis approval. Over
300,000 was taken from the hatters'
union of Danbury, Mass., by a su
preme court decision that a boycott
of the mills had been entered into
by the union.
o o '
Washington. Admiral Benson,
acting secretary of navy, said no
foreign government's request was
responsible for removal of Lieut H.
S. Keep and Lieut Charles S-. Clarke
as wireless censors at Siasconet and
Detroit. James Walton, leader of
trio of bandits who robbed pay car
of Burroughs Adding Machine Co. of
$31,500 last August, pleaded guilty
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