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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Shall strikers, labor union pickets,
have the right to talk on the public
streets near the shop door or the fac
tory gate of the shop , or factory
where a strike has been called? Shall
the law of Illinois say clearly that
the rights of "lawful persuasion"
and "peaceful picketing" are founda
tion rights of citizens of a republic
and must not be taken away from
citizens by court decrees, injunction
judges, hostile police chiefs, hired
gunmen or private detectives?
This issue comes to the front in
the state legislature tomorrow. Com
mittees from the Illinois and Chicago
labor federations will be heard in the
state capitol on why they want Illi
nois legislation to co-operate with
the federal Clayton act
On Wednesday the Illinois Manu
facturers' ass'n and the advocates of
injunctions and things-as-they-are
will tell why they ,want to keep
things as they are. '
Trial by jury, after evidence has
been taken and witnesses heard,
rather than injunctions issued by
judges without evidence and on the
basis only of prophecies, predictions
and prognostications this is asked
in a petition signed by -12 citizens of
"It seems to be inconsistent with
the constitutional guarantees of trial
by jury in all criminal prosecutions
to permit persons charged with con
tempt for conduct which is criminal
in itself, irrespective of the injunc
tion alleged to be disregarded, to be
put upon trial before the judge who
has granted the injunction and with
out the benefit of trial by jury," reads
the petition. "It is also thought that
a sense of the injustice of such pro
cedure is felt by those who labor and
who are not infrequently thus pro
ceeded against, and that this would
be greatly mitigated if trial by jury
were accorded in such cases, and
"that in all proper cases there would ,
be very little likelinhood of parties
guilty escaping such punishment as
their offenses might merit. To deny
this would be to question the wisdom
of our entire system of criminal pro
cedure one essential feature of
which is the right to trial by an im
partial jury."
Prominent among the signers of
the petition are the names of Edward
P. Dunne, ex-governor of Ih; S. SS"
Gregory, formerly pres. of American
Bar ass'n; Ernst Freund, prof, of law
at University of Chicago; C. P. An
derson, bishop of Chicago; Geo. E.
Hooker, sec'y of City Club of Chica
go; Graham Taylor, Chicago Com- 1
mons; Mrs. Jos. T. Bowen, pres. of x
Woman's City club; Mary H. Wil
marth, Mary E. McDowell, John .
Henry Hopkins, E. H. Pierce, F. S.
Deibler, Edith Abbott, Grace Abbott,
Wm. L, Chenery, A. Kenyon May
nard, Frances Lillie, Allen B. Pond, -Ellen
Gates Starr, Newton Jenkins,
Mrs. G. M. Mathes, Alice Hamilton,
M. D., F. H. Deknatel, L. C. Mar
shall, Chas. W. Gilkey, John M. Coul
ter, Harold L. Ickes, S. P. Brecken
ridge, Sigmund Zeisler, Jas. H. Tuffs,
Dwight H Perkins, E. J. Davis, Mrs.
Willoughby Walling, Walter C. Hate
ley, Harry W. Barnum, Francis E.
Hinckley, Mary F. Balcomb, James
A. Field, H. A. Millie, E. W. Burgess,
M. Clark, Albion W. Small, H. H. '
Newman, Wm Gardner Hale, Ches
ter W. Wright, Robert E. Park, Alice
S. Millis and Belle B. Simpson.
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Arguments to show why Judge
Baldwin should modify the injunc
tion issued against striking ladies'
garment workers were billed for de
livery today in his court by Clarence
Darrow, attorney for the workers.
A number of efforts will be made
today by impartial citizens to settle
the strike by arbitration. Both sides
are known to be tired of the strug
gle and the bosses are supposed to be
willing to give in to about everything
the strikers demand.

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