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LABOR WATCHING BILLS THAT
WILL HAVE STRIKE EFFECTS
Organized labor is keeping close
watch these days on senate bills
60, 191 and 313. They have passed
in committee and will get to a vote
of both houses the next-month, it
is. expected. If they get by they
will take away from judges the pow
er to issue injunctions restraining
workingmen and women from exer
cising during strike times the same
rights which workingmen have as
citizens when there is no strike on
and guarantee workingmen and
women trial by jury when charged
with contempt of court
Pres. John H. Walker of the Illinois
Federation of Labor explains that
there is nothing especially new about
these bills. He says they aim only at
proclaiming rights already supposed
to be guaranteed workingmen by the
national and state constitutions.
Free speech, free press and peace
ful assemblage are rights for which -revolutions
have been fought and
wars started and nations and dynas
ties cracked to pieces, as Walker sees
it The powers exercised by Judges
Jesse Baldwin and Jesse Holdom in
fixing jail sentences for working men
and women who picket during a
strike are the same sort of powers
exercised by owners of negro slaves
before the civil war.
"When a plantation master lashed
the rawhide over the back of a slave
girl he did it under the theqry that
it was lawful because, he ownpd the
girl," said Walker to The Day Book.
"The slave was his property, a com
modity to be traded in.
"When Judge Baldwin fixes a jail
sentence for a working girl who is
picketing he does it under the theory
that the girl is a commodity and the
labor of her body is a market pro
duct and he, Judge Baldwin, may
lawfully hamper and restrict it Sen
ate bill No. 60 differentiates between
ownership of one's own body as com
pared with the ownership of steel
rails, coal, fertilizer. It guarantees I
rights which have been taken away
from the workers through the issu
ance of Injunction v writs which are
merely bench-made edicts."
T. E. Bargen, editor of the Union f
Labor Advocate, addressing a large v
meeting at the Lincoln Turner hall,
urged the election of Oscar B. Dan
ner, Democratic candidate for short
term vacancy in 23d ward. Danner, .
is a former street car man and now
has concessions at Riverview park.
The Municipal Voters' league says he
is a man of good reputation.
James T. Igoe, Democratic candi
date for city clerk, accuses the
Thompson-Lundin crowd of whip
ping the jobholders and the favor
seekers into line for Cullen and Si
man. Lessing Rosenthal, former pres.
Municipal Voters' league, and Mary
McDowell spoke at a meeting jn the
3d ward last night, urging the voters
of that ward to unite behind the can
didacy of Geo. F. Iliff.
Lester Clow, who withdrew as '
Democratic candidate in 33d ward in
favor of Daniel I. Jarrett, last brand
ed as a Lundin-Hazen lie the story
that he was forced to pull off the
ticket. "I withdrew because I believr
ed Mr Jarrett would make the best
race," said Clow.
MORE ARRESTS IN RUSSIA .
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless,
March 28. Arrests of high Russian
officials continue, according to
Stockholm information from Petro
erad. published by official govern
ment press bureau today. Admiral (j
viren uats ueeu luneu, u was staiea.
The bureau said Gen. Wojejkow
proposed to open all fronts and let
the Germans enter, but the czar re
plied that he could not betray Russia.
Students who play hookey from
Northwestern "XT' will be dismissed