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WORKING COURT REPORTERS
One of the strangest -situations
that has ever existed in the history
of American union labor has ap
peared in the Chicago Court Report
ers' Federation. Bosses and employ
ers are in a majority in this union;
workers are hopelessly outnumbered.
There are about a hundred odd
members, mostly employers of other
reporters'. About 30 of the members
are workers. The union is composed
of these two factions.
The working faction accuses the
employer-reporter members of being
regular "sweat-shop" bosses.
The employer-reporter, they claim,
uses the union to obtain big report
ing contracts and then employ both
union working members and non
union working reporters to do the
A large number of working report
ers refuse to join the union where
their employers can vote down any
motion made to better the working
The employer-members, it is al
leged, charge litigants anywhere
from 40 to 50 cents a page, and 15 to
50 cents for carbon copies, and an
additional $2 an hour; and then they
pay their working members only 25
cents, with varying discounts off per
page, from 2 to 5 cents a carbon,
and $1 an hour oftentimes keep
ing them waiting six months before
Last month T, G. Vance, leader of
the workers, procured the passage of
a-by-law excluding employer-reporters
from voting and attending meet
ing, hoping to increase wages of the
The employer-reporters, hearing
the rumor that should the workers
be elected to office it might mean a
5-cent increase of wages for the
workers, swooped down in full force,
and, with superior numbers, appar
ently elected a slate composed most
ly of the "bosses."
L .Working reporters appealed the
election to the American Federation
of Labor, claiming the election was
illegal under the by-law, and that
they were elected themselves by a
majority of those entitled to vote.
Sec'y Harte read a letter from
Sam Gompers, in which he com
mended the action of the workers in
trying to eliminate the obnoxious
practice of a member making profit
out of his fellow-members, and the
employing reporters voted to lay the
letter on the table.
SENATORS FROM TWO STATES,
Morris Sheppard, left, and W. F.
Kirby, right, are the. only two U. S.
senators from different states whose
homes are in the same city. The city
is Texarkana, on the Texas-Arkansas
state line. The home of Kirby of
Arkansas is only a short distance,
from that of Sheppard of Texas.
"PRINCESS CHIMAY" DEAD
The death of the "Mad Princess"
Chimay who was the daughter of E.
B. Ward, millionaire Detroit ship
builder, was announced in a message
from Padua, Italy, yesterday.
Sent to a European convent Clara
Ward escapedvand set out on a career
of love that nearly broke up the Bel
gian royal family. She married the
Prince C'himay and lived with King
Leopold and his heir to the throne.
Prince Baldwin, according to tales
that have followed her movements