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order to the various police com
manders of the city.
"Call all your men off their "beats
immediately and hold them in re
serve at the station for coal strike
It was the most radical Big Busi
ness orderever given to the Chicago
police department. ""Within half an
hour 1,200 patrolmen were harded
into their respective stations await
ing the pleasure of Boss Upham. Chi
- cago, for the first time since" the po
lice department was organized, was
left unprotected against thieves of
all description, sluggers and gun
men. Westbrook, realizing the danger of
the order, rushed into SchuetiJer's
office. There wasa long argument
Westbrook rushed out and immedi
ately countermanded the order,
sending a substitute, calling all the
night men to the stations on re
serve. The strike was called by the Coal
Teamsters' union, Local 704, affili
ated with the Chicago Teamsters'
Joint Council. It immediately par
alyzed all movements of coal. The
men charge the big coal interests
with consistently violating the con
tract with the union by working men
overtime. Proof was offered that
the men are forced to work, 11, 12'
and 13 hours a day without extra
The men say also that they are re
quired to draw three loads of coal a
day and if, for any reason whatever,
they can only draw two they are
fined $1. The two-horse team driv
ers now get $3 and -want $3.50; the
three horse team drivers get $3.25
and want $3.75. The auto truck
chauffeurs get 10 cents a ton and
want a proportionate increase.
The men also say that if they haul
over three loads they are paid noth
ing, although the contract calls" for
. extra pay. They accuse the Con
sumers' Co. of being the chief viola
tor of this part of the agreement.
The strike affected 1,400 teamsters
and auto truck chauffeurs. The
completeness of the tie-up is evi
denced by reports from the biggest
coal hogs. The Consumers Co., big
gest of all, was able to send out but
two loads today. Others said they
had not moved a load.
The strike was called at 7 a. m.
Fred Upham hastily called a confer
ence of all the coal barons at the
Ass'n of Commerce. Following the
conference, .Upham and some of his
associates went to the office of
In addition to picturing the dis
tress of the hotels, dep't stores, etc.,
Upham also said-the schools and hos
pitals of the cities would have no
coal at hand. He said they were
caught unprepared because the men
had -goven no sign of their intention
The statement made later in the
day by Denis F. Kelly, gen. mgr.
Mandel Bros, and Pres. of the State.
St, Merchants' ass'n, rather belied
the wail of Upham.
Kelly announced that the State St
dept. stores had beaten the coal
teamsters' union to it by making ar
rangements with the Tunnel Rail
road Co. to haul their coal into the
OTHER STRIKE NOTES
Closing of city hall and county
buildings by Tuesday foreseen.
St. Luke's hospital coal supply will
only last until midnight
Criminal court bldg. catf keep
warm three or four days.
County hospital uses 75 tons a
day; has 150 tons on hand. x
O. M. Cone, sec'y-treas., EJ. F. Dan
iels Coal Co., admitted men had been
worked long hours.
Milton Booth, bus. agent of Coal
Teamsters' Union, announced that
union would furnish all the men ne
cessary to haul coal to the hqspitals
and pumping stations.
-Mayor Thompson held a confer
ence with John Sheridan, sec'y of
Chicago Teamsters' Council at noon.
The mayor asked Sheridan to fina
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