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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Sol Siedman, vice president Int.
Ladies' Garment Workers' union,
and Steve Sumner, business . agent
for Milk Wagon Drivers' union," were
up before Judge Baldwin today on a
charge of having incited garment
workers to picket. Two hundred and
fifty -strikers were also supposed to
appear in court. Through some mis
understanding only a few were on
Tuesday Ben Slessinger will go be
fore Baldwin on the same charge.
Ludwig Lesnichi, said to be a report
er for the Polish Daily News, was
grabbed by bailiffs in Judge Smith's
courtroom, where some garment
strikers were stationed temporarily.
Lesnicki is alleged to have given
some of the girls advice on how to
testify. Mary Peterson was named
as one he had talked to. He was
slated for questioning by Baldwin.1
Lillie Shutz, garment worker, was
arrested this morning for loitering at
Franklin and Adams.
John B. Fergus of the Fergus
Printing Co., 500 N. Dearborn, the
man who filed suit as a citizen
against the appropriation bills passed
by the last legislature, a leader in tax
and legislative reform movements,
was to be given a hearing in Judge
Kearns' court late today on a charge
of compelling his women employes
to work more than 10 hours a day.
"He was in the office to talk it
over," said Factory Inspector Oscar
Nelson. "He admitted he worked
women over 10 hours a day and told
me that was a matter of contract be
tween his firm and its workers. That
is a reactionary excuse that was in
vogue 20 years ago."
The secretary of the Chicago Ty
pothetae called Nelson on the phone
and asked for a chance to talk it
over. Nelson told the secretary that
the place for all arguments was in
the courtroom.
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The Adams Express Co. was in
court again this afternoon on the
charge of working five rate clerk
girls more than 10 hours a day. An-r
other delay will be sought, the com
pany's attorney has indicated.
First time the case was up the
company said the state factory in
spector did tne wrong uung m uireci
ing the suit against the agent instead
of against the company.
The factory inspector has always
directed his suits against the agent,
foreman or -superintendent, but in
this case filed another action, this
time directed against the Adams Ex
press Co., a corporation. When the
case came up the Adams Co. said
that was wrong, all wrong, that the
case was again improperly filed, be
cause the Adams Express was not a
corporation, but a stock company.
Att'y Jeannette Bates, for the fac
tory inspector, showed where various
other cases had been filed against
the Adams Express Co. as a corpor
ation without protest, but the com
pany in this instance was obdurate.
"It was brought to my attention,''
said Factory Inspector Oscar Nelson
today, "tHat if our office won its case
that the company's chief rate clerk
would lose his job. That was a play
brought by the company to arouse
my sympathy toward the clerk in
hopes I would drop the case to save
his job.
"I am full of sympathy for a man
who holds such a job, so full of sym
pathy for I know what kind of a
job it is that I know he'll later ap
preciate it as a favor if he is" fired."
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March grand jury sworn in today
by Judge Fitch. Investigation of-police
graft is expected to come before
it. Thos. Conway, . contracting
plumber, 453 W. 63d St., is foreman

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