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EVERETT CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL VOL. XXX. THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE WN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR GOMPERS EXONERATED ON NON-UNION CHARGE Sam Gompers, veteran leader of the American Labor Movement, has just been exonerated from another one of the charges that has been hurled at him by his enemies annually on the eve of the National A. P. of L Convention where he comes up for re-election. This time it was the Detroit Federation of Labor, which is bitterly antagonistic to the veteran Warrior, They charged him with staying at a non-union hotel and eating in a non-union house at Toronto, while there on his honeymoon recently. The Executive Board of the Hotel and Restaurant Employes at its Board meeting last week in Buffalo com pletely exonerated him from the charges. Such child play has always proved a boomerang and rebounded to Sam's advantage in the convention. MINERS TO HOLD CONVENTION The .Miners of Washington will hold a two-day convention in Seattle, at the Labor Temple, starting Friday, May 27th. The convention will review the entire strike situation of the State and consider plans for adequately distributing relief during the .shut-down. No hope of an early settlement of the controversy is, as yet, in sight. The Miners are stand ing as firm as a rock. CONVENTION CALL NEXT WEEK The call for the State Federation Convention is being prepared and will be sent to the Unions of the State next week. To Affiliated Unions— GREETING: The campaign for Signatures for the petitions to refer the amended Primary and Certificate of Necessity Bills is lagging. For the first time Labor is not responding enthusiastically in a campaign of this kind. We have always lead the way in all initiative campaigns, and failure on our part now would be an invitation to future Legislatures to ignore, as thoroly as the last one did, the interests of the common people. May 201 h had been set for the return of signed petitions; this has now been extended to May 31st. Get your committees in charge of this work busy immediately. If petitions have been signed send them in; if additional petitions can he used, send for them to: L. J. Costello, 1915 First Avenue, Seattle (Primary Bills) and to : Carl Brannin, 428 Railway Exchange Bldg., Seattle (Certificate of Necessity Bill.) The Certificate of Necessity Petition is getting some support that is not being given the Primary Petitions, so kindly try to get additional signatures for referring Bills No. 14 and 15 (Primary Bills.) 24,000 signatures are all that is necessary. Let us not allow failure for the sake of a few extra signatures. A little additional help will put it over. GOV. L. F. HART OVERRULED BY JUDGE SMITH That Governor Hart acted unwisely in vetoing the appropriation for the mainteEance of the Women's In dustrial Home and Clinic at Medical Lake, and at the institution is still legally in existence, were the two important decisions of Judge Ev erett Smith in superior court of King County, Thursday, the sth. The question of the legal existence of the home arose when a writ of habeas corpus for the release of Lucille Brown, commiteed to that in stitution, was presented by Adam Beeler, Seattle attorney, who is rep resenting the club women of Wash- ington. The writ of habeas corpus was de nied, but Judge Smith recommended that a woman bailiff be appointed to take the girl to the defunct clinic. Attorneys interpreting this decision say that if this program is followed the director of the board of business control will be charged with contempt of court. Judge Smith also questioned the authority of Governor Hart in clos ing the home, as it is organized on the same basis j»s the county jail or penitentiary and must be main tained regardless of appropriation. "That the institution is lejral and in existence; the intention of the people expressed through the legisla ture, it shall remain in existence; but we have an executive who, in his neal for economy, unwisely in this case, in the judgment of most people I think, cut off the appro priation," commented Judge Smith in his final decision. "The institu tion's purpose or object is humane; it is not intended for punishment, but for reformation and recreation of inmates physically, and mainly that they might become useful mem bers of society." After the hearing Adam Beeler said he would make the request to have a woman appointed to take the girl to the clinic as Judge Smith had recommended. Judge Smith's decision upholds the ruling of Justice of the Peace Dal ton, who committed the Brown girl to the Women's Industrial Home. Order to have the Brown girl com mitted to the home and clinic, rec ommended by Judge Smith, was signed by him last Friday. Speculation as to what will de velop when the Brown girl arrives at the closed institution accompanied by n woman guard are being dis cussed by attorneys. If she is or dered back to the county jjail an other write of habeas corpus will be filed in superior court; meanwhile the director of the Board of Con trol, T. W. Skaggs, will be charged with contempt of court, and a writ of mandamus signed by a repre sentative of every women's club in the state of Washington compelling Governor Hart to open the institu tion will be filed. The Judge said that the Governor's "zenl for economy, unwisely in this case, in the judgment of most peo ple I think, cut off the appropria tion," meaning the appropriation for maintenance of the Women's Indus trial School and Clinic at Medical Lake. No. it was not zeal for economy that actuated the Governor, but he did it to make a show of economy to the people. He cut off little but appropriations for schools and charitable institutions and created in" the public mind a feeling of just resentment. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. SIGN PETITIONS Seattle, Wash., May 9th, 1921. Fraternally yours, W. M. SHORT Pres. Washington State Federation of Labor. -7 PAPER MILLS CLOSE DOWN TO FORCE CUT New York, May 11.—Seven large paper mills in the United States and Canada, employing approxi mately 9,000 men, shut down today because of failure of workers and owners to sign new agreements to replace those which expired last night. Two Running in New York Watertown, N. V., May 11.—Only two paper mills in Northern New York are working today as a re sult of a walkout this morning of 1,100 union men, employed by the St. Regis., Hanna Paper corporation and other plants. The men refuse to accept a 30 per cent cut in pay. According to reports received here by the Labor Bureau, incorporated, the mills which closed today were: Union Bag & Paper company, Hud ton Falls, New York; Sheboygan, Mich., and Kaukauna, Wis.; St. Maurice Paper Company, limited, Three Rivers, Que.; Anglo-New foundland Company, Grand Falls, Newfoundland; Abitibi, limited, Iro quois Falls, Ont.; Spanish River Pulp ,& Paper mills, limited, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Espanola, Ont., and Sturgeon Falls, Ont.; St. Regis Paper Company, Qeferiet, N. V.; Hanna Paper Company. Norwood, Norfolk and RaymondviUe, N. Y. NO REDUCTION IN MINE WAGES Scale Fixed By F. S. Bituminous (Mai Commission In order that there may be a full and complete understanding of the position of the United Mine Work ers of America on the subject of reductions in wages and to set at rest all rumors and reports in re gard to that subject, International President John L. Lewis has issued the following statement: There will be no reduction of wages in the organised sections of the coal mining industry. The mine workers are now working under a scale of wares fixed by the United States Bituminous Coal Commis sion, created by the President and which functioned under governmen- tal authority. These wage schedules were written into an agreement be tween miners and operators which will not terminate until March 31, 1922. There can be no modification or abrogation of this agreement in any coal producing district without disturbing the integrity of the con tract throughout the entire nation The United Mine Workers will re sist any attempt to disturb the equanimity of its present contrac tual relations. The present acute depression in the mining industry, with consequent widespread unem ployment and distress among the mine workers, is not in any way attributable to the wage schedules now in effect. Production costs at the present time are such as to enable coal to be produced and fur nished the consuming public at a nrice relatively lower than any other basic or essential commodity. Users of coal should not delay purchase upon the theory or with the hope that any reduction of wncros will be accepted by the mine workers. Statements to the contrary have no basis in fact. Everett is having a city beauti ful and clean-up campaign. All good citizens should push it along. Smoke CHALLENGE IGV Cigar. TREACHERY AND INGRATITUDE OF SEC V BUCK In His Candidacy for Executive Head of the Slate Federation of Labor. To say the very least, the method.-; of Secretary Ruck of the State Fed eration of Labor, in his candidacy for executive head of that organiza tion, are questionable. Below is p.inted a letter from President Wm. M. Short setting forth the last ef fort of Mr. Ruck, through Sixth- Vice-President Pearl, to discredit President Short and the Executive Council: Seattle, Wash., May 9th, 1921. To All Affiliated Organizations, of the Washington State Federation of Labor. Greeting: Copy of a let ter, signed by Secretary Buck of Federation, and addressed to all af filiated unions, has just reached me. The communication was mailed last Friday by the perpetual propaganda factory of Phil J. Pearl, at Seattle. In addition to the distorted, untrue statements contained in Secretary's Buck's personal letter to you, there were enclosed what purported to be the official minutes of the last meeting of the Executive Council of the State Federation. The official minutes of the Executive Council meeting were not mailed to the members of the Executive Council until one day after the document mailed to you had been sent out by Vice-President Pearl, at the re quest of Secretary Buck, enroute to Chicago. The conclusion of his (Buck's) letter states Pearl will se cure copy of minutes from the of fice. The fi-page letter was mailed you two days before Pearl received the official minutes. The document marked: "Minutes Executive Board Session of the Washington State Federation of Labor, held April 27, 1921," is not the official minutes of the Executive Council, but a specially prepared document by Secretary Buck to draw a red herring across the trail and detract the attention of the work ers from his crude attempt to di vert the official returns in the ref erendum election from the official headquarters of the Federation, as provided for in the constitution. The faking and sending out of such a document is only the culmination of months of the foulest betrayal, by Buck and Pearl, of the confi dence reposed in them by the work ers of' Washington, ever committed in the annals of our state labor movement. Their personal letter and foul document is replete with audacious lies. The first statement charges me with attacking Pearl and Buck for refusing to be rubber stamps for myself. My attack against them was directed at their refusal to car ry out the laws of the Federation, as laid down in its constitution, and for their crude attempt to take per sonal control of the official returns of the election thru having them sent to a private and personal post of fice box. Had this been allowed to stand, not only would the constitu tion have been violated and the whole election possibly invalidated, but Messrs. Pearl and Buck would have been in a position to have per sonally determined what portion of the returns would reach official headquarters, It is in line with their general practice to charge the other members of the Executive Council, who demanded the strict enforcement of the constitution and full protection for the election, with being rubber stamps for the presi dent. The second statement and a sub sequent section of the letter casts reflection on J. N. Northway, who was present at the Executive Coun cil meeting representing Vice-Pres. Green of Spokane. No mention is made of the fact that this practice has been pursued for the last two years, of permitting the Vice-Pres. from Eastern Washington to be rep resented by some one else when it was impossible for him to person ally attend the board meeting, and in order that Spokane and Eastern Washington may be informed of the work transacted by the Council. At several Board meetings during the last year J. N. Northway has rep resented Vice-Pres. Green in exactly the same capacity as at the last meeting, with no protest raised by anyone, and, of course, no mention is made of the fact that Vice-Pres. Pearl served in the same capacity at meetings of the Executive Coun cil prior to his officially taking of fice as Vice-Pres. of the Sixth Dis trict, when he was authorized to represent A. E. Miller, at the re quest of Secretary Buck. For this service Pearl drew the sum of $KiO.!)l (in July, 1920) a month be fore his official term as Vice-Presi dent began. In addition to this, Secretary Buck has paid him checks covering salary and expenses attending Board meetings held at Seattle, his home city, in which Vice-President Pearl has collected $8 a day hotel expenses with the exception of the last Board meeting. The reason for its omis sion at the last meeting will be obvious. - The charge is made that J. N. Northway is not a member of a local in good standing with the Federation. Bro. Northway's local is affiliated with the State Federation of Labor, but, unfortunately, is a few months in arrears with its per capita tax, due to the fact that most of their membership has been idle all winter and all of their re sources have been employed in tak (Continued on paire 4) The Women's Welfare League should he aided in preventing dance hall owners from maintaining a "drawing card" which provides that the girl attendants be paid for danc ing. This "smacks" too much of the brothel dance hall system. EVERETT, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, .MAY 13, 1921 THE CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL Wednesday, May 11, 1921. Council was called to order at 8 p. m. by President Michel. Buck's Letter A letter was received from Secre tary Buck of the State Federation of Labor rolatinii to differences be tween himself and President Short. After some discussion a motion pre vailed censuring the Executive Coun cil of the Federation for squander* ing organised labor's money in con sidering personal differences be tween the officers of the Federation. The letter was ordered published in The Labor Journal. Seattle, Wash., May 5, 1921. Affiliated Organizations of the State Federation of Labor, Greetings: You have been bom barded with communications from President Short and members of the Executive Council, attacking Vice- President Pearl and myself for no other reason than that we refused to be rubber stamps and persisted in our right to express opinions which, perchance, conflict with the opinions and wishes of the Presi dent of the Federation. I am not going to trouble you with a detail of facts to refute the mis statements contained in the letters sent you under date of April 29, 1921, prepared by President Short and rub ber stamped by four members of the Executive Council and J. N. North way, a vice-president of the Financial Federation of Producers corporation. (This signature cost the Federation $109.32). Their pur pose is so glaringly political and so obviously colored to suit the oc casion, that to enter detail denial would be an unnecessary waste of your time. This campaign material against me cost the Washington workers $429.02, the total amount paid to the Vice-Presidents and to J. N. Northway for the three days oc cupied in a meeting called for no other purpose than to "repudiate the attacks made on me, the Presi dent of the Washington State Fed eration of Labor" and to "put the Secretary-Treasurer of the Federa tion in his proper place," as that "place" may be determined by the President. In order that you may know how well they succeeded I am sending you herewith a copy of the min utes of the Executive Council's ses sions. You will see by them that your Secretary is stripped of all authority anil his only function now is to collect per capita tax, issue receipts therefor, pay the ex penses of the President and such other bills as may be approved by Wm. M. Short. I wish to call attention to some facts that all will readily recognize as such. First, I am not trying to destroy the Union Record as Short alleged in a statement made at Bellingham and again in a letter dated April 14th, but I am using every ounce of energy and all the intelligence and wit I posses to prevent the use of our paper by stock promoters in schemes to get the workers' money throutrh such institutions as the one Short is now trying so ardously to renounce as having never been officially con nected with. I am lending my ef forts and influence to the move ment to put a stop to the practice of selling labor influence and the capitalization of the workers' con fidence. It is my purpose to help reclaim the Record from the labor capitalists and restore it to the workers. Second, in a statement to the Council Short said "I allowed my name to.be used (by the Financial Federation of Producers) for the pur pose of lending my influence to wards a movement to salvage the Scandinavian-Amesican Bank of Ta coma and my connection was only temporary." To the Executive Coun cil members he said, "I was never officially connected with the finan cial concern" and he asked D. C. Coates and J. N. Northway, Treas urer and Vice-President of the con cern respectively, to verify the state ment, which they did. But neither of them attempted to explain away the fact that the name of W. M. Short appeared on the letterheads, stating merely that it was a mis take. The question occurrs: Would it have been a "mistake" if the ex ploitation of the names and reputa tions of labor officials in such pro motion schemes was considered, even by the promoters, right and just and sound in principle? Third, nothing is more convincing of the correctness of my position and that of the committee than the extreme measures employed by Short to convince the rank and file that he would not countenance the use of his name and influence in the promotion of such schemes. Ane yet, though thus admitting that it was wrong, he still persists in de fending those who are doing that very thing. To be consistent he should he helping those Who seek to stop the practice. Fourth, President Short's position is so untenable that his success in the pending election depends on his ability to discredit me personally, nnd that he is depending wholly on personalities and misrepresentation for his success is clearly shown in his letters and talks and in the statement prepared by himself for the signatures of the members of the Executive Council who have been Openly campaigning against me and for Short. Fifth, in face of the fact that this campaign matter cost the Fed eration 1429.02, plus the fact that President Short has spent several hundred dollars in hotel expense and transportation to tell the workers in the various cities of the state that the employers' legislature is reactionary and would not give the workers what they want, and that he has had the exclusive services of n Stenographer employed by the Federation, is it not a r'arin<* dis play of bias, or worse, for him to obie. t to the employment of an as sistant for two days by me for work PRINTERS ARE WINNING THEIR 44-HOUR WEEK Indianapolis, Ind., May B.—The number of men still involved in the nation-wide strike of printers con tinued to dwindle, according to J. W. Hays, secretary of the Interna tional Typographical Union. Re ports of settlements in individual shops are being received daily, Hays siiid. Agreements were signed at Yonkers, N. V., Denver and San Jose, Calif., Saturday night. Little is seen in Associated Pros dispatches about the strike, prob ably because the closed shop men are in a losing game and the A. P. doesn't like that sort of news. that was not personal. Sixth, Short, in statements made before the Executive Council ad mitted that he had searched my desk and found therein certain things. Does his position as Presi dent of the Federation give him the right, to open the drawers of the desk of the Secretary and rifle them in search of what-not in the hope of finding something that will prove incriminating? In addition to hav ing no rights or authority, am I to understand that I am also to be deprived of even the semblance of privacy? Or is he just carrying out the theory that "the king can do no wrong?" Do you wonder why I wanted my mail sent to a post office box and insisted on a se cure receptacle for the election re turns ? I trust that you will do me the justice to read this to your mem bers and assure you that I will not burden you with this sort of mat ter again during the campaign. I am writing this while enroute east and am sending it to Vice- President Pearl with the request that he send a copy of it to each local in the state, together with a copy of the minutes of the Executive Council sessions which he will re ceive from the office. I thank you for your courtesy. Fraternally yours, L. W. BUCK, Secretary. A letter was received from Presi dent Short urging greater activity in securing signatures to Referen dum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. The letter also stated that the time for turning in the petitions had been extended from May 20 to May 31. A letter from President Short re lating to the differences between himself and Secretary Buck was read and ordered filed. A letter was received from Sixth Vice-President Pearl and ordered filed. Associated Industries A communication from the Helena. Montana Trades and Labor Council was received telling of the open shop activities of the Associated In dustries. The letter follows: Helena. Montana, May 9th, 1921. To All Central Councils and Local Unions Greetings: The Associated Indus tries have started an open shop fight here. On April Ist they noti fied all Unions of a reduction in wages. The Teamsters were select ed as the first organization to be disrupted. On April 24th they no tified Carpenters, Building Laborers, Electricians, Plumbers, Plasters and Cement Finishers, Painters and Teamsters that the American Plan would be in effect on and after May 3rd. All dealers refused to sell to Union men and they notified all Union men they could come to work at reduced wages on conditions that they throw away their Union Cards. Now all we ask, is that you notify all Union men to stay away from Helena. Montana, ami give this letter as much publicity as possible. Thanking you in advance for your co-operation and assistance, we re main, Yours fraternally, THE COMMITTEE. The Seattle Central Labor Coun cil sent resolutions denouncing mili tarism and to military training in the University. The Council con curred. Private Soldiers and Sailors Legion The Private Soldiers and Sailors Entertainment Committee reported on arrangements made and urged the Council to attend and help the boys. The entertainment will be held in Normana Hall on Saturday evening, May 28. The price of admission will be B6 cents; ladies, a war tax of 5 cents. Secretary Ingold said the Everett Legion will go on record as op posed to universal military train ing. Reports By Unions The Lathers had a good meeting. They received a communication from Los Angeles saying that there was plenty of work in that town. A delegate said the rats in that city could not do all the work so union men were asked to help out, but none would go from Everett, The Longshoremen said they could not say how the Seamen's strike would come out, but that it would affect Pacific Coast Longshoremen. Wn. Jennings Bryan had Investi gated the slavish conditions in the seafaring industry and declared that the U. S. Seamen's Act was one of the greatest laws ever placed upon the statute hooks. A delegate said that Capt Dollar, head of the Dollar line cried when the Seamen's Act was passed and took his ships from under American register, but that the war forced him back under the Stars and Stripes and he cried about that. The Plumbers nnd Retail Clerks reported good meetings. The Printers reported on the good progress made in the 44-hour strike. The Ushers and Ticket Sellers in itiated one applicant ami voted on Federation of I-ahor officers. The Laundry Workers Committee SENATE COMMITTEE IS PROBING THE OUSTING OF UNION OFFICERS Mob Rule in Arkansas Brought to the Attention of President Harding and Senator Cummins. (From Labor) The Senate Committee on Inter state Commerce will make a thor ough investigation of mob rule in Arkansas, which culminated in the deportation of five executives of railroad labor organizations who went to Harrison, Ark., to adjudi cate a strike on the Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad. Three of the deported labor officials came to Washington the last week in April and held conferences with President Harding and Senator Cummins, chairman of the Interstate Com merce Committee of the Senate. This committee consisted of -Mar tin C. Carey, Port Huron, Mich., vice president of the Order of Rail- Way Conductors; L. M. Eddy, San Francisco, vice president Order Reilroad Telegraphers, and W. E. Horn, Kansas City, representing the Railway Employes' Department, Am erican Federation of Labor. They were accompanied on their visits to the White House and the Senate by H. E. Wills, assistant grand chief, Brotherhood of Locomotive I Engineers; P. J. McXamara. legis lative representative, Brotherhood Locomotive Firemen and Engine men; W. M. Clark, legislative rep resentative, Order of Railwaay Con ductors, and W. N. Doak, vice-presi dent, Brotherhood of Railroad Train men. Mr. Carey tided as spokesman and gave the President and Senator Cummins a graphic description of what took place in Harrison. The Senate has adopted a reso lution proposed by Senator Cum mins calling for an investigation of railroad delinquencies, and he stated to the committee that the probe of the Arkansas situation, which he considers very important, would probably begin during the first week in May. Committee Makes Statement Following the conferences with President Harding and Senator Cum mins, the committee issued a state- reported that the People's Laundry Company had raised wages by 12% cents per hour, taking effect on the 11th of April and ending on July 11th, 1921. If after that date a change is desired by either party two weeks' notice must be given. The Union Record agent thanked the Council for its endorsement. The Council adjourned. Smoke BLUE RIBBON* ".<• Cigar. PROSPECTS ARE BRIGHTER FOR COAL MINERS LONDON, May Id.—An important gain in the firht of the coal miners was registered today when the Trans port Workers' Federation and the Railwaymen's Union issued a joint resolution instructing all their mem bers to refuse to handle coal im ported from other countries or ships carrying coal. Absolutely no chance in the min ers' situation has been registered, with the exception of a new display of solidarity by the transport and rail workers. All rumors of weak ening on the part of the miners are declared false. Herbert Smith, acting president of the Miners' Federation, was wide ly misquoted today by the British press as declaring that the miners would not insist upon a national wares board. Smith's statement in reality was that if the employers could suggest an equally effective alternative to the board the men were prepared to discuss it. Both resolutions passed recently by the miners' branches and the re ports of correspondents of the Lon don Daily Herald in every district show an extraordinary spirit of de termination on the part of the min ers. In the case of a large col liery in Yorkshire the owners of - fered to take the men back at the wage rate prevailing before the lockout. The men refused, saying that they were part of the Miners' Federation and they would return only when a general settlement was made. Soldier Looter-. What is regarded as a significant outbreak of unrest occurred yester day among the mobilized reservists quartered at Aldershot, one of the biggest military centers in the coun try. A large number of soldiers at tacked the stores on the principal streets, looting them and causing damage estimated at £2,000. Similar troubles were reported at Doncaster and other towns. Smoke OLYMPIC CLUB 10c cigar. BROKE SOLEMN WORD OF HONOR Washington, May 7 Negotiations initiated by Secretary of Labor Da vis failed to adjust the 44-hour week demand of the printing trades' unions, and the members of these organizations, employed in many periodical and commercial establish ments throughout the country, sus pended work on May I, Where strikes did not occur the 44-hour week has been granted per agree ment two years ago. In response to an invitation by the Secretary of Labor, these in ternational officials met the cab inet official: President McParland and Secretary Hays of the printers; President Berry and Secretary Orr PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF ORGANIZED LABOR ment, Baying in part: I "We came to Washington by the I direction of the executives of or ganizations and, accompanied by i the legislative representatives of the transportation organisations, met Senator Cummins on Tuesday morn* ing< On Thursday we had an hour's conference with Senator Cummins "At these conferences we present ed to President Harding and Sen ator Cummins a detailed story of the events leading up to the depor tation of ourselves and other repre sentatives of the railroad labor or ganizations from Harrison, Ark., on Wednesday, April i>. President and Senator Impressed "It was apparent that the Presi dent and Senator Cummins fully appreciated the gravity of the sit uation and were desirous of afford ing the members of our orgnniza j tions the protection guaranteed by the laws and Constitution of our ; country. j "We stilted to the President and ! Senator Cummins that the members of the organizations we represented quit work on the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad because the re ceiver of that road, acting as he alleged by authority of the Federal judge who appointed him, had re fused to abide by the decisions of the U. S. Railroad Labor Hoard rendered in accordance with the j provisions of the transportation act. "Our men are therefore in the position of ceasing work in order to compel the agents of the Federal court to obey the law. "The receiver and other officials :of the road —always acting as agents of the court —not only refused to be bound by the terms of the trans portation act and the decision of the U. S. Railroad Labor Board, but they organized a so-called protec tive association made up of business and professional men and other resi dents of the towns along the lines (Continued on page 2) The management of the Atlanta, ' Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad I has sent a man by the name of Lee Dodd to Fitzgerald, George, to in cite destruction of railroad property among the strikers. The strikers had him .jailed and held on $1,000 ; bond. The court refused to reduce i the bond on request of the railroad management, but the sheriff al- I lowed him to escape. LITTLE HOPE OF COMPROMISING SAILOR STRIKE Washington, May 11. —All hope of I a compromise ending the marine j strike has now been abandoned and it is to be a "survival of the fit ! est," according to W. .S, Brown, head of the marine engineers. All members of the engineers' I executive committee who have been 1 negotiating here with Secretary of Labor Davis and Admiral W. S. ' Benson, chairman of the United States Shipping Board, have left Washington, it was announced to day, and do not expect to return. Thomas B. Healy, representing the men. planned today to go before the house appropriations committee i and lay the case of the men before members of congress. "If this strike continues six months," said Brown today, "the United States Shipping Board stands to lose more money than it can make up in five years, even if the merchant marine 0] crates under the 15 per cent wage cut which it pro poses." of the pressmen;; President Red- I dick of the bookbinders ana Presi dent Freel of the stereotypers and elect rotypers. The labor secretary asked the ' unionists if they would favor a postponement of the strike. The unionists made the point that an j agreement for the 44-hour week ex ists, but it has been broken by the employers, ami they asked what additional agreement could be made. The labor secretary failed to find j any group of employers who would act collectively. The strike is the result of one of the most glaring instances of ! contract breaking by employers that was ever recorded. The agreement was made in 1919, when the unions joined with representatives of cm i lovers' organisations and formed the international joint conference council. This action was indorsed by the respective unions and organisa tions of business men, who now re pudiate their pledge and demand the j 54-hour week. They are supported by every anti-union force in the count?). The employers are brazenly ignor ' ing their agreement, and use the stock appeals to ignorance and prejudice that they did 18 years ago. when the International Typo graphical Union forced them to ac cept the eight-hour day. LONGSHOREMEN'S CONVENTION The Pacific Coast District Con vention of the Longshoremen at Ta coma last week was a lively af fair, resulting in some betterment to the organisation. There whs an election of officers and I. V. O'Brady of Anacortes was elected president. Jin Wilson represented Everett union in the convention. T2m next district convention will be held in Everett. Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12, 14 and 15. Number 2.