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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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By Basil M. Manly.
Washington, Feb. 20: Affiliation
of organized labor in all countries of
North and South America is the pur
pose of a manifesto just issued by
the conference committee of the
Pan-American Federation of Labor
and signed by Samuel Gompers for
the American Federation of Labor,
Santiago Iglesiasvfor the organized
workers of Porto Rico, and Carlos
Loveira for the organized workers of
In Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru.
Nicaragua and other countries of
Central and South America there are
strong national labor movements.
The purpose of the Pan-American
Federation of Labor is to bind these
national movements for mutual aid
in promoting the cause of the work
ers and in preservation of peace be
tween the countries represented.
The labor movement of Canada
has expressed complete sympathy
with the purposes of the federation,
but is unable to take an active part
until the termination of the war.
"The Pan-American Federation of
Labor will be the greatest force f or
the maintenance of peace and demo
cratic ideals in the western hemi
sphere," said John Murray, secre
tary of the conference committee.
"This is not a prediction, but a cold
statement of fact.
"Everybody remembers how in
evitable war with Mexico seemed
last summer, as a result of the Car
rizal affair. Then occurred the meet
ing between the executive council of
the American Federation of Labor
and the representatives of organized
labor of Mexico, which by interces
sion with the governments of the
United States and Mexico brought
about a continuance of negotiations,
and final settlement without the
shedding of blood."
The purposes of the Pan-Amerl-,
can Federation of Labor are stated in
the manifesto to be:
"To protect the western hemi
sphere from being overrun by mili
tary domination from any quarter.
"To secure for the workers of all
Pan-American countries higher
, wages, shorter workdays,, more safe
ana sanitary surroundings in an
places of employment, better homes,
better surroundings, prohibition of
child labor, protection of children;
"Legislative enactments to achieve
and maintain equal rights; the rights
of association, free assemblage, free
speech, free press, and the right, sin
gly or collectively, to withhold our
laDor power tne ngnt 10 sirine.
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The heavenly film is upon us. True,
the Dear Things who "just adore"
Francis Bushman and think Henry
Walthall's ways divine, have coupled
lots of movies with the adjective
"heavenly," but now comes the film
which its backers say is endorsed
from above the clouds. It seems just
about next to being personally pro
duced by God Himself. All this we
may believe if we are in proper mood
when reading the literature the Mena
Film Co.' is sending out.
The Mena Co. has 250,000 shares
to sell at $1 per. "We have taken ex
traordinary precaution to ascertain
the Lord's will respecting this ven
ture," reads the company's prospec
tive The Mena Co. plans to take over
Pastor Russell's film "Creation," en
large upon and improve it; also con
templates producing other films, it is
Dr. L. W. Jones, International Bible
Students' Ass'n bldg, 4100 "Michigan
av., is sec'y and treasurer.
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National Ass'n of Merchant Tai
lors taboos suspenders for season of
1917. Tapfes will fasten pants to
vest And fellows who don't own
vests can use safety pins.

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