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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 31, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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ter element, then it isn't safe to give
them police powers.
I mean that Koster and his gang
must not be permitted to use the war
to build up a privately organized and
privately controlled army with which
to carry on an organized -war on or
ganized labor. The American Feder
ation of Labor has rushed to the col
ors. Its officers have placed its serv
ices at the disposal of Uncle Sam.
And it's up to Uncle Sam to protect
patriotic labor in all the rights and
privileges labor has won, and to pro
tect it against any selfish fight made
against it by the National Associatipn
of Manufacturers with- such labor
crushers as Koster in command.
On all these so-called patriotic
boards organized labor should be rep
resented by the kind of representa
tives it trusts not by representa
tives hand-picked by the Kosters and
their tools.
An absolutely square deal for labor
is the surest and safest protection
against the revolution that the cap-
italistic class fears. It is mighty poof
judgment for the Kosters to make an
open declaration of was on organized
labor, when organized labor is pa
triotically doing its bit in the war for
a world democracy.
This war is forcing a tremendous
readjustment of industry. Unifica
tion of the railway system is but one
of the many manifestations. But it
is a poor time for the exercise of low
cunning by either party to an indus
trial war. I don't think the people
will stand .for it I do think that either
party that tries it will get caught at
it. And I don't think Wilson will
either be fooled by it or stand for it.
Employers may save themselves
trouble by lining up on the side of
those of their class who are playing
an open, honest, patriotic game. The
Kosters will put themselves in a po
sition that will be mighty like lending
aid and comfort to the enemy.
My advice to wise' and really patri
otic employers is to head off this Kos
ter stuff and do it darned quick.
New York, May 31. Three arrests
were made here today as department
of justice agents continued their
roundup of anti-conscriptionists.
Owen Cattell, a Columbia Univer
sity student and son of Prof. McKay
Cattell of Columbia; Charles Francis
Phillips, also a student, and Eleanor
Wilson Parker were taken into custo-'
dy by government agents. They are
charged with participating in -a con
'spiracy to induce men between the
ages of 21 and 30 not to register on
June 5.
The government charges they were
appointed members of a committee
to circulate literature against selec
tive service at a meeting held on May
8. They then had a circular headed
"Will You Be Drafted" printed and
A secret census of slackers -and
anti-conscriptionists who encourage
them was started here and elsewhere
throughout the U. S. by government
agents today.
Emma Goldman and her fellow an
archists, Louis Lochner's peace-term-pacifist
convention, the newly'
organized American union against
militarism and other persons and
anti-conscription organizations were
put under secret watch.
Stenographic reports of state
ments and speeches among the anti
fighters here and elsewere are 'being
Lists of youths who are expected
to refuse to register and who are
openly defying the government to
compel them to fight are being com
piled. Emma Goldman's No-Conscription
league announced today that 10,000
New York boys will refuse to regis
ter June 5 and that branches of the

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