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iiriiiiitiiit'iiii li miiMft fMrmi-rr Li-t Vn liw'iifflrrifiimiiimiiftiiiiinniiiiiia i&m LABOH W RiJEO 0FW.L30NPLAN FOR FREE TRADE Workers Told to Pro tect Selves by Vote for G. 0. P. CHICAGO. Oct. Z6. Representa tives of various labor organizations met yesterday concerning the attitude of union labor in the coming election. As a result of the conference they authorized and prepared a statement declaring that labor must protect its self and prepare for the settlement of the problems which will follow when readjustments are made at the end of the war. stAti;mi:.t is issued. At the conference the following pronouncement was unanimously in dorsed and signed by members of the committee delegated for that purpose: "American labor has fought this war both in the trenches and in the workshop. It has given its sons to the army and it has worked night and day at home. It has done its share cheerfully, giving its blood, its time and its money wherever called upon. "The war is coming to an end per haps sooner than we think. American labor must protect itself in the final settlement and see that its interests are not sacrificed in the readjustments that will follow he end of the war. I 'REE TllADE MENACE. "The Republican party stands for a protective tariff and the Ameriacn scale of wages and living. The Demo cratic party is the party of free trade and competition with European wages and living standards. If free trade comes as a part of the peace treaty it cannot be replaced after its effect is realized. The Democratic plan must tie beaten now and free trade kept out of the peace treaty. American labor can do this only by defeating the Democratic party. "Opportunity is knocking at your door. I.abor has always received just recognition from the Republican party. Do you realize that the value of your dollar under Democratic rule, when measured by what it will buy. is only 4 7 cents? I.et us get back to Republican administration and a 100 ctnt dollar. DANG Eli OF UNEMPLOYMENT. "By electing the entire Republican ticket we will be guaranteed against the conditions that obtained for more than a year prior to the entry of the nation into the war, when thousands upon thousands of fellow workers were tramping the streets seeking an opportunity to work. Those dark days of 1914 were the result of tariff tin kering by the Democrats, and now they propose free trade to tempt Ger many into peace. "Vote for that policy and that party which has always made it pos sible for workingmen to provide food, clothing and comforts for their family and still have left in their pockets a few dollars to jingle that are worth 100 cents each. "If each voter does his bit in a thoughtful way. he can make the world safe for us all without sacrific ing his own scale of wages and living by giving free trade as a basis for rcace. VOTE "WHOLE TICKET. "Tour vote for the whole Repub lican ticket will show a. determina tion to end this war and force a peace which shall secure to yourself and those dependent upon you the con tinued opportunity which a protective tariff has always given to American labor. "Think over this new Democratic plan for fastening free trade upon the workingmen of America and then kill it by voting the straight Repub lican ticket- That is the answer that will count" The statement is signed by: Win. Kilpatrick, O. It. C. ( D. Kellogg, 1?. It. T. Geo. IL Leitch. A. V. of M. John A. Metz, Carpenters. John J. O'Connor, Freight Hand lers. W. A. Harper. St. & Elec, Ry. R. A. Barber, Machinists. Vi'm. P. Kramer, Blacksmiths. Thanks to the loyal support which the Re publican Senators and Congressmen gave to the war meas ures of the United States Government at critical moments when the Democrats refused to vote for the legislation recommended and requested by the president, the war is being fought to a glorious and victorious finish by our soldiers and their allies. The dawn of peace is visible, With peace will come great problems to be solved. We foolishly neglected to prepare for war, but we have learned our costly lesson, and we must immediately begin to prepare for peace. The millions of our gal lant soldiers and sailors who abandoned their usual avocations and sprang to the support of our govern ment, willing and anxious to make even the supreme sacrifice if necessary, must be taken care of and ample provision must be made to gradually and thoroughly return them to the paths of peaceful pursuits. No one of them must be permitted to experience anything but our highest consideration and gratitude. Above all, they must be provided with employment just as soon as they desire positions. We believe that the party of Lincoln, McKinley and Roosevelt is infinitely better qualified by experience and tradition to undertake and accomplish successfully those great reconstruction tasks than is the Democratic party. The great leaders of the Republican party in Congress and in civil life w ith Ex-Presidents Roosevelt and Taft at their head have all been in favor of fighting , the war to the only end that is safe for the world un conditional surrender. We do not want our country ruined commercially by chaining its policies to a free trade treaty of peace. We people of the industrial com munities know that free trade means starvation wages and ruinous competition. A vote for the straight Republican ticket will assist in selecting men of ability and experience who are com petent to solve the great issues of the war in the best manner for our country. Only twice since the Civil War has the Democratic party been in entire control of the affairs of govern ment, and on both occasions during times of peace they have had to issue bonds to meet the running ex penses of the government. The present Democratic administration was elected by a minority vote of the people the first term by a split in the Republican party and the second term by the false pretense that they had 'kept us out of war." The Republicans of the nation both in and out of Con gress desired to heartily and loyally co-operate with and support the President in the prosecution of the war, and they have done so, but he invites the rebuke of the nation by stepping down from his high position and assuming the attitude of the professional partisan politician and urging free-born American citizens to vote for men of his particular political stripe. He made the same frantic appeal in Wisconsin and in Maine, and the free men of those states resented his unwar ranted interference in their domestic affairs by return ing large Republican majorities. Every Republican should be proud of his party's record in this great war. Every Republican must realize the necessity of electing a Republican Congress to study and solve the great problems arising from this war. We all know from our past experience that our country is always prosperous under a protective tariff and that we must have a Republican Congress to protect the industries of our country and to prevent the starvation wages to our wrorkingmen that invariably accompanies Democratic free trade. The Republican Candidates for County and Township offices are all able, clean citizens and we invite comparison of their records with those of their opponents.