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Ml jsj A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE VOL. VI. NO. 8. NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1919. Price 3 Cents. EIGHT HOUR DAY DECLARED BYMOLDERS Connecticut, Valley Conference Declines to Support Amer ican Labor Party. MINIMUM WAGE $5.80 ADAY Half; of the International Officers to Boom Union in This Locality. Derby, May 16. That a big drive is on increase membership in the Molders' Union was shown by the number of in fluential officials of the international or ganization in attendance at the conven tion here and the list of organizers who are to work in Connecticut and other parts of New England. The conven tion was the seventh annual of the Con necticut Valley Conference Board of the International Molders' Union. The conference declared for an eight huur day, five and a half days a week, with no overtime unless under emergen cies. The minimum wage scale for journeymen is to be $5.80 a day. It is expected that this will go into effect soon. In some cities an agreement has been reached with the employers in re gard to the eight hour day. The eight hour day in Boston goes into effect on July 1. It is intended to have the new time schedule in effect all over New England during July. M. Toscan Bennett of Hartford, hus band of the well-known suffragette, ad dressed the convention in behalf of the American Labor Party, which has an organization in Hartford. Mr. Bennett wanted the convention to endorse the political party movement, but he was in formed that this could not be done, as the . constitution of the organization does not permit of any such action. The election of officers resulted as follows : President William Wilson of An sonia. First Vice-President Charles McGill of Stamford. Second Vice-President Daniel Daly of Westfield, Mass Third Vice-President R. J. Skehan of Arrick, Mass.; Business Agent James Loveday of Hartford. Organizer J. Callahan of Springfield. This will be the sixth consecutive term for President Wilson. Norwalk was chosen ior the next convention. Nick M. Smith of Birmingham Ala bama, fourth vice-president of the In ternational Union, and Mr. Loveday are coming here next Morife.y:i to confer with employers regardingf2i'e' denraAds made by the 'conference. .They expect to first visit the Birmingham iron foun dry here and the Farrel foundry in An sonia. two of the" largest foundries in this section. It is not believed there will be any objection to the eight hour day. Officials of the union will have .a con ference in Boston on Sunday, May 19, when arrangements will be made to bol ster up some of the unions in New Eng land. Four of the international vice presidents, including Kehoe, O'Keefe and Smith, will direct the campaign. Mr. Murphy of the Western division. Mr. Jones of the Boston division and Mr. Loveday of the Eastern division are some of the organizers who will work. A special drive will be made to increase membership in the organization m Hartford, New Haven and New Britain. HOW THE LABEL WORKS IN HARTFORD H. F. Trommer Describes What Has Been Done by Union Label Section There. The Label Trades Section of St. Louis, Mo., acknowledges the receipt of a communication from H. F. Trommer, agent of the Union Label section of Hartford, who wrote as follows : "Hartford, Conn., April 21, 1919. "Mr. W. B. Baker, Recording Secretary Label Trades Section, St. Louis, Mo. "Dear Sir and Brother: Your letter of recent date received and was glad to hear that there is a Label Section in your part of the country.- The Label Section of Hartford has been organized for about four years and comparing the field of four years back with today I can say there is a great difference. In this city there was hardly a union piece of goods that you could buy outside of shoes and clothes. Now we have a list of stores that handle nearly everything that we want. It was hard to get it at first, but continually grinding brought success. I am sending you a leaflet that the Label Section of this city gets out four times a year with corrections. We had about ,000 of these printed and they were distributed to every union man in this city and also men that were in sympathy with organized labor. The minutes of every meeting are read at the Central Labor Union where all mat ters are brought to the attention of the delegates of the various crafts. If it wasn't for the Label Section there wouldn't be a demand for anything. The Label Section has appointed the writer as label agent and after my day's work is done I canvass the stores that we have on our list to see how the union-made goods are selling and also report to the meetings if any store increases its sup ply or gets a new line of goods. When the Label Section was started here the Sectiqn took a good stand whereby the label on goods would be demanded and that was referred back to the different locals endorsing the proposition this way : That all members who are dele gates to the Section must have at least five different labels on their body and it is the same way in the Central Labor Union that every delegate must at least have five different labels before he is eligible to b: a candidate and the same affects the different locals where mem bers, are seeking office. That has in creased the demand. Hoping this is the information desired and that I may hear from you occasionally, I am, "Fraternally yours, "H. F. TROMMER, "Label Agent Union Label Section." NON-UNION BARS UNPOPULAR WITH ORGANIZED LABOR New Haven Bartenders' Union Asks Co-operation of Members of Other Locals. PATRONIZE UNION MEN Local 217 Informs Other Unions of Places Employing Non-Union Bartenders Right on the Job. Bartenders' Local, No. 217 of New Haven, continues to energetically pro mote the interests of the organization and its individual members just as en thusiastically as if prohibition had never been heard of, and its members believe that the future holds in store for them a continuance of employment and prosperity under a. revision or re peal of the detrimental legislation se cured under war time stress. Notable among its activities is its fight against non-union cafes. Believ ing that the end mav be near some short-sighted proprietors are relinquish ing their union affiliations and employ ing non-union men. Local 217 is pro tecting the interests of its members by keeping the great body of Organized Labor throughout the Gity posted on what places are employing union men and those that are not. Places which do not now employ, union men are an nounced by Local 217 as follows : William Herman, corner Ferry and Chapel streets ; Maurice Murphy, Chapel f anc Blatchlev avenue; John Maroney, Blatchley and Clay street ; James Shana han, Blatchley and Clay streets ; John Fallon, Clay and Filmore streets ; Mich ael Miniter, Fimore and Pine streets ; John Harmon, State and East streets ; John Fallon, Beach and East streets ; Peter Clyne, East street and Grand ave nue. CIVIC FEDERATION. Patrick F. O'Meara Elected Third Vice-President. The Civic Federation of New Haven held its annual meeting on Thursday, when reports were made showing the various activities of the organization. Professor Kent made a report of the committee on public amusements and detailed the movement of the super vision of dance halls. Mrs. Stewart Means made a supplemental report showing that more than 500 dances had been supervised. Other cities now pro pose to follow New Haven in this mat ter. Dr. Bartlett, the presjdent,a,dvised the consideration of the problem of the substitute for the saloon. The officers elected were as follows : President Dr. " Charles J. Bartlett. First Pica-Vresident Thomas W. Farnam. Second Vice-President Wilson H. Lee. Third Vice-President Patrick F. O'Meara. Recording Secretary Percy F. Bid well. Treasurer Donald A. Adams. Members of the executive commit-tee-at-large Prof. C. F. Kent, Miss Lina Phiops, Mrs. E. G. Buckland, and Murray Sargent. If the man behind the mahogany doesn't display the button of the Bar tenders' union play safe patronize the fellow who shows his colors. PRESIDENT O'MEARA REVIEWS LABOR LEGISLATION IN THIS STATE FOR THE CONNECTICUT LABOR PRESS Session Was Less Fruitful Than Those of Recent Years but Many Members Were Fair in Their Treatment of Labor's Aims Sen ator Bishop Stood Out Prominently and Other Representatives and Senators Played the Part of Typical Americans. President Patrick F. O'Meara of the Connecticut Federation of Labor, said yesterday when interviewed by a rep resentative of this paper that the ses sion of the Legislature just closed, was one that will go down on record as being less fruitful than anv of the recent Gen eral Assemblies. He said that as far as he had ob served while representing the Federa tion at Hartford, that there was con siderable friction between members, and of course while this element en tered into the work of legislators, it could not be expected that there would be a real good healthy decision arrived at upon matters that were referred to them, and that affected the people of the state. "I am not pessimistic, however," he paid, "for there will be better conditions accruing from our efforts as we go along, and the fact that many of the labor bills have suffered defeat at the hands of the labor committee must not deter our efforts to keep going, and try to have better men elected to public office so that we can be better protected in our efforts to have humane legisla tion spread upon our statutes. "It must be said to the credit of many of the members of the General Assem bly that they have been absolutely fair in their treatment of our purposes, and above all' they would listen to our ap peals and there you would find many men that were members that would be honest enough to tell you whether they felt in duty bound to support the meas ure that you happen to be talking about or they would suggest certain changes 'hat would not be observed by the per son that if we decided to adopt the sug gestion it would be very helpful in per suading others to help us." Mr. O'Meara made the statement that men of the caliber of Judge John C. Geary, Willard B. Rogers, Thomas J. Cummings, William A. Barnes, Richard T. Hall, Thomas F. Molloy, George M. Tracy, H. Clay Maydwell, Thomas P. Reilly, Martin L. Caine. John S. McCarthy, Patrick J. Healy, Peter Fitzhenry. John J. Sweeney, Samuel Gellert, George Goss. Patrick T. Con nell, Joseph F. Williams, Charles K. PRINTERS AND PRESSMEN. Big Increase in Wages in These Trades in New York. New York, May 16. Frank Morri son, arbiter in the wage dispute between Typograpnical Union No. 6 and the Publishers' Association of New York city, has announced the award. The printers receive an increase of $9 a week, post-dated to April 1. That is all they asked for on the wage account. The weekly pay of an afternoon news paper compositor now will be $43.50, and that of a morning newspaper com positor $46.50, on the basis of an eight hour day, less 30 minutes for lunch. The printers asked that overtime be paid for double, instead of at the rate of time and a half. This the arbitrator denied. But all printers working Satur day and Saturday night are allowed a bonus of $1.81. The publishers asked that the stand ard day's wrork be made eight full hours, instead of eight less half an hour for lunch. This the arbitrator denied. Mr. Morrison's conclusion was that the wst r t living had risen much faster than printers' wages, and that even this large increase, which is 24 per cent, for morning paper printers and a little more than 26 per cent, for evening paper printers, will not restore them to a pre war standard of living. The standard Ve ge scale in 1914 was $30 per week. The Publishers' Association will ac cept the award, but its members invite attention to the rapid rise in the wage cost of producing newspapers. The pressmen have obtained an increase of $6 a week, post-dated to March 1. The engravers recently won an increase of $6 a week. Other unions that contribute skilled labor to newspaper making are expected to come forward s-hortly with new demands. BRIDGEPORT BUTCHERS. Mass Meeting in Lyric Hall Next Monday Night. Bridgeport, May 16. Arrangements have been made for a mass meeting here on Monday night, May 19, under the auspices of the Amalgamated Meat Cut ters and Butcher Workmen of North America. The meeting will be held in Lyric Hall, opposite the Lyric theater. Among the speakers will be James Kelly of Yonkers, one of the international officers ; Leo Sigal of New York, a na tional organizer, and James F. McCue of this city, business agent. PIONEER STEREOTYPER: Was Also President of Electro typers' Union. New York, May 16. The death is announced of Thomas H. Crosley, 81, pioneer electrotyper. He lived at 939 Sterling place, Brooklyn, and formerly was 'president of Thomas H. Crosley Co., electrotypers, at 17" Rose street, Manhattan. He was also formerly presi dent of the Electrotypers' Union of New York. He installed the first electro typing and stereotyping plant in the United States Government printing office's. He leaves a widow and a daughter. TO VISIT BRIDGEPORT. Arthur Henderson, British Labor Leader, Will Speak. Bridgeport, May 16. Arthur Hender son, the English labor leader, and mem ber of Parliament, ho has promised to visit this country in the fall in be half of the American labor party, will visit Bridgeport to boost the local 'cam paign according to labor officials of this city in a statement made yesterday. Bailey, Samuel A. Davis, Edward H. Bailey and Samuel C. Shaw were mem bers of the House of Representatives that a person could approach with a guarantee that they would at least be given a chance to explain the value of the legislation that the Connecticut Fed eration desired, and in the Senate or ganized labor had one of the greatest friends that we would wish for in the person of Senator G. Herbert Bishop of the Eighth Senatorial District. Mr. O'Meara said : 'To say that we owed a heavy debt to Senator Bishop would be making it very light, for here was a man that never had any affilia tion with a labor organization, bttt the fact that he had the courage of his convictions led him to favor and also to speak in favor of many of the labor bills, and this was done only because he was fair and honest in his decisions. He also suggested to us many changes in some of our labor bills before he felt that they were to his liking, which was readily acquiesced in by us. There was also a fine running mate for Senator Bishop in the person of Senator William C. Fox from the 18th Senatorial Dis trict. He was one of those fine speci mens of a man that would not insult you when you spoke to him and was very helpful to organized labor's efforts when their efforts were fair. Then we had Senators Hemenway of Hartford, Bailey of New Haven, Clyne of New Haven, and probably one or two others that played the part of typical American men. "So that, while some of the labor bills suffered defeat, we are not discouraged in the least, for we have made many friends this session, and it is up to the members of the labor organizations and their friends at the next election to re elect these men and others that we will have a chance to look up, and this chance will be afforded us by the change in the convention dates of the Con necticut Federation of Labor from the fall of the year to early summer. This will afford considerable time to study out the various situations that arise and to get busv politically with our friends so that those that will oppose labor's aims, will be accorded the proper treatment at the hands of the voters." STAMFORD TO HAVE BUTCHERS' UNION Enthusiastic Meetings There, Charter to Be Applied For. Half Holidays in Summer. Stamford, May 16. An enthusiastic meeting was held here under the aus pices of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North Amer ica last week and another meeting was held on Thursday night of this week, when it was voted to apply for a charter and organize a union here. About 30 attended the preliminary meeting, which was addressed by Edward Collins, pres ident of the Stamford Trades Council ; Leo Sigal of New York, a national or- J. F. M'CUE. ganizer, and James F. McCue, business agent, who is conducting a powerful campaign in Bridgeport, Stamford and New Haven at the present time in the interest of the butchers, or meat cutters as they are politely called. The attendance at the meeting on Thursday night was more than twice as large as the number that attended the first meeting and practically all of the men engaged in this work in this place were present. It was announced that the Butchers' Association, composed of the owners of meat markets in, Stam ford, has decided to close down half a day each week during July, August and September and this announcement was very gratifying to the employees. SHIPWRIGHTS HAVE NEW. LONDON UNION President Sullivan of State Or ganization Starts One Off With Membership of 196. New London, May 16. President Sullivan of the Connecticut Council of Carpenters and Joiners' Union of Amer ica came here on Wednesday night and organized a union o"f shipwrights. It was intended to organize this union several weeks ago but there were sev eral delays and the meeting was post poned until Wednesday night. The new organization starts out with excellent prospects as it has a membership of 196. The New London Local of Car penters and Joiners is well established, in regard to the report that some women carpenters would seek membership in a union in some other city in this state, President Sullivan said he would put nothing in their way if they wanted to join. Winnipeg, May 16. The Trades Labor Council has ordered a strike with the building and metal trades workers. The building trades workers went on strike Alay 1 for a 44 hour week and $1 an hour, while the metal trades workers followed the next day, their principal demand being for a closed shop, though they also asked a 20 per cent, increase in wages. All unions affiliated with the local Trades and Labor Council were request ed by that body to take a sympathetic strike vote, but some refused. Boston, May 16. Between 5,000 and 6,000 carpenters of the Boston district local union struck to. enforce a demand for a jump mwages to $1 an hour. The rate at present is 75 cents an hour. An offer of a compromise on S2l2 cents an hour was rejected. GARMENT WORKERS ON STRIKE AGAIN Claim That New York Conditions Are the Same as the Old Sweat Shop Days. New York, May 16. The strike of 50,000 garment workers for a minimum weekly wage and better living conditions which was declared Wednesday was conducted without disorder, the strikers meeting quietly in 15 halls hired by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union to protest against conditions which they say equal the "sweat shop" days, when the crowding of workers in tenements was not forbidden bv law. Only half of the 50,000 called out were actually at work, as this is the slack season in the garment trade. They ask for a weekly wage, no more piecework, and the abolition of the so-called "sweat shop." The limiting of work to shops where there are 14 machines or more, the strikers claim, will put out of busi ness many small sub-manufacturers who take work from the larger concerns and do not live up to the law governing working conditions. At present the garment workers are employed only about six months in the year. The-"' ask to be guaranteed eight months' empoyment. Benjamin Schjes inger, president of the workers union, wrote yesterday to Saul Singer, presi dent of the Cloak, Suit and Shirt Manu facturers' Protective Association, asking him to assign a place where the leaders might meet to settle the strike. "It is useless to argue in the public press whether or not the union's de mands are arbitrary. The letter (Mr. Schlesinger's) will be referred to the executive committee, and I have no doubt that the time will be set in the very near future for a further conference." r3 . Y.;;l;i':s'i;!:,':' ' ' tw; wrs BAKERS ELECT. Local No. 11 Selects George Woedtke as Delegate. At the last meeting of Bakery ?nd Confectionery Workers' International Union No. 11, of New Haven, the at tendance was small because of the in clemency of the weather. The mem bers talked about the agreement entered into between the union and the baker" owners of New Haven. George Woedtke was elected a delegate to the annual convention of the Connecticut Federation of Labor at Meriden. The joint board, composed of delegates from bakery unions in this state, meets four times a year. CLOCK WORKERS. Joe Weissman Delegate to Inter national Convention. The Watch and Clock Workers' Union, " Local No. 46, of New Haven, has elected Joseph Weissman as dele gate to the annual convention of the Internationa' Jewelry Workers' Union to be held in Chicago in July. While this union planned some time ago to become affiliated with the Connecticut Federation of Labor it has not become a member yet and will not be repre sented at the convention in Meriden. It is expected that the union will be come affiliated with the state organiza tion very soon. PRESIDENT SMITH CABLES TO WILSON Head of New England Branch of Bartenders Asks to Have Ban or( Liquor Removed. Charles F. Smith of New Haven, president of the New England Branch of Hotel Employees and Bartenders League of America, sent a cablegram to President Wilson last Saturday night asking him to lift the ban on the man ufacture of acoholic beverages. The message was as follows : "'Hon. Woodrow Wi'son, President of the United States, Paris, France. "Sk;: There are thirty-five thousand men, women and children depending for their sustenance upon the affiliated occupation in licensed enterprises in New England who appeals to you; Mr. President, through me to have the ban on manufacturing alcoholic beverages removed. Labor conditions here are strained to the breaking point and star vation faces this multitude of souls. "Signed, "CHARLES F. SMITH, "President New England Branch of , Hotel Employees and BSrtenders League of America.'" The Jones rider to the agricultural appropriation bill provides no alcoholic beverages shall be manufactured after July 1 and was intended to be in effect until the troops are demobilized. No one can lift the ban but the President. This measure has nc connection with the national prohibition amendment to the Constitution which goes into effect in 1920 According to the war depart ment the troops will be7 demobilized be fore July 1 "but the President has not indicated when he will lift the ban. President Smith desired to call Pres ident Wilson's attention to the fact that unless he lifts the ban thousands will be thrown out of employment in New England and much suffering will en sue, for, as he says, "'starvation faces this multitude of souls." Look at the expiration date on' your address sticker. RAILWAY EXPRESS EMPLOYEES ORGANIZED IN FEDERATION OF LABOR Enthusiastic Meeting in New Haven on Thursday Night, When All Present Sign Up for Organization Organizer Patrick M. Curran Speaks and Will Visit Bridgeport, Hartford, New London and Other Places Soon. A strong campaign is now being waged throughout New England for the American Railway Express employees to get them in divisions connected with the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Patrick M. Curran, president of Local No. 28 of Boston, and general organizer for the American Railway Express division, is in charge of this work and has perfected organizations in several cities. In Providence, the divis ion has a 100 per cent, organization. There are locals in New York, Boston, Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford and Providence. Mr. Curran was in New Haven Thursday night and addressed a large meeting of railway express employees at the Railroad Y. M. C. A. Hall. He spoke for about half an hour, telling of the other organizations in other cities, the benefits accruing from the locals, the advantage of government ownership of railroads and other matters concern ing railway employment. There was a brief discussion among some of those present and then all de cided to sign the application for a char ter. Temporary officers were chosen and it was decided to hold a meeting soon, when a local will be organized and officers elected. The American Railway Express employees had an or ganization, a company union, but now they are anxious to become affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. There were 80 men in attendance at the New Haven meeting and the decis ion to go into the new division was unanimous. Mr. Curran will address similar meetings in Hartford, New Lon don, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Stamford and Springfield soon- He said he would organize divisions in the larger cities before holding meetings in the smaller towns. MEAT CUTTERS TO MEET. Mass Meeting in New Haven of Butchers' Union. A mass meeting will be held in Trarlpc fV.iinril Hall next Tuesday night. May 20, to supplement the meet ing held lastnveeK oy tne maigamiiieu Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. Addresses will be made PROHIBITION TO BE FOUGHT IN CONGRESS Representatives Haskell and Gal livan Will Lead in Battle For the People. TO ASK FOR REFERENDUM Fight Not to Be Waged on Party Lines Conditions Now Are Without a Parallel. Washington, May 16. The Associa tion Opposed to Prohibition has picked its champions in the fight to be made in the House ai tiie opening next Monday of the extra session of Congress for the defeat of war time prohibition and the prohibition amendment. RepresentaT tive Reuben L. Haskell, Republican of Brooklyn, will speak for a referendum on the amendment and Representative James A. Gallivan, Democrat, of Massa chusetts, will introduce a resolution to force to repeal of the July 1 order. The association points out that the fight is not to be waged on party lines. Representative Haskell, announcing his plans, said trt after liquor the smoking habit is the next objective of the "highbrows." "After a while, if they keep on, men and women will have to uphold blue laws or be made to feel like criminals in exercising personal liberty," he as serted. "This thing of saddling statutory pro hibition upon the people has gone far enough to begin to show itself in a rev olution of feeling. Few States of the Union ever have been made dry by the voice of the people of those States. The Legislatures did the work. There is something un-American in such a course. The legislative majority does not always mean a popular majority. "When we come to consider that the history of prohibition in this country has been a chain of statutory enact ments, and that it never has been really sought by the people, I believe that Congress, if it must meddle at all with the States, should have consideration enough for the will ot the people to specify that constitutional prohibition must be ratified in a referendum. .. "The time is going to come when the people will demand the referendum on this and on all other matters restricting their liberties or changing their conduct in affairs which are not of themselves immoral or eviL ConditionsJto4ayi,areiJ without a parallel sines the nsjituiirrai. saddled with sumptuary laws. People in most of the States are protesting and clamoring for a repeal of the laws before they even have become effective. Surely there is not a Congressman who will be unwilling to submit the whole matter to his constituents and the people of the land. War time prohibition has become a sham sinca. the acceptance of the armistice and is now proving a boomerang." In case he does not obtain a referen dum Mr. Haskell will seek a repeal of the amendment. BRICKLAYERS TO MEET. President J W. O'Brien and Secre tary Ernest J. Meakins of Local No. 6, New Haven Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers' International Union, have notified members of a special meeting on Monday night, May 19, when the new by-laws will be read for the first time and every member is urged to make a special effort to be present. RAILROAD BOILERMAKERS. William Heffernan Succeeds Sam uel Fischman as President. At the last meeting of Boiler Makers' Lodge, No. 61, of New Haven, two delegates were elected to take the place of the first delegation to the New Ha ven Trades Council as the original dele gates were so situated in regards to their work that they were unable to attend the meetings In the future, Lodge No. 61 expects to have a full delegation at the council meetings. The lodge is in a flourishing condition at the present time. At the meeting on May 8, the board of trustees presented their quarterly report of the financial condition and while the expenses were large there was a good balance on the right side of the ledger. The member ship is second to none as far as paying dues are concerned. Samuel S. Fischman, the president, through stress of other business, found it impossible to continue in office and he resigned amid the regrets of all the members. William Heffernan was elected president for the balance of the term. In his speech of acceptance, Mr. Heffernan bespoke the hearty co-operation of all the members during the year. The members of Lodge No. 61 are employed mostly in New Haven shops, Cedar Hill roundhouse and at several other points on the New York, New Haven & Hartford R. R. system. All are working on an eight-hour day, six days a week. The members are much pleased at securing the eight-hour day, long the cherished hope of mechanics. Joseph D. Kelleher is recording secre tary of this live organization. by James Kelly of Yonkers, an interna tional official ; Leo Sigal of New York, a national organizer ; James F. McCue of Bridgeport, business agent and others. The packing house men are fairly well organized now and a drive is being made to increase the membership among store tenders. The New Haven union is rapidly adding to its membership and when the present drive is over it is ex pected plans will be made for a barbecue. TRADES COUNCIL GIVES O'MEARA A BIGOVATION Defeat of Crowley's Investigation Resolution Greeted With Rousing Applause. WAS DOWNED 57 TO 3 Discrepancies in Hearings and Dates Explain Away Some of the Crowley Support. The controversy between President Patrick F. O'Meara of the Connecticut Federation of Labor and Timothy Crowley of Hartford, organizer of the American Labor Party, formed the basis for another exceedingly lively dis cussion before the New Haven Trades Council at its meeting, Thursday even ing, and resulted finally in the annihila tion of the Crowley forces by a vote of 57 to J. It will be recalled that Mr. Crowley appeared before the last meeting of the Trades Council and asked that a com mittee of three be anointed to go to Hartford and investigate President O'Meara's charges that Mr. Crowley had used language before legislative committees which had a detrimental effect upon Labor's chances-of securing desired legislation. Mr. Crowley vehe mently denied the charges at that meeting and Mr. O'Meara reiterated them with vehemence. The matter was finally tabled at that meeting, a motion to that effect having been made and the chair having no other alternative under parliamentary procedure than to put it without debate. As it was carried all further discussion was necessarily ended so far as that meeting was concerned. The meeting Thursday evening of this week drew a large attendance of dele gates who scented a battle in sight and some of them, failing to understand the parliamentary situation and believing that the chair had arbitrarily ruled the matter through to and end unfair to Mr. Crowley, came prepared to pot up a stiff fight. The discussion soon developed the fact that there was some misunder standing on the part of the delegates as to just when and before what commit tees the statements alleged to have been uttered by Mr. Crowley were made. Delegate nyder of the folishers and Buffers stated that "Honest . John" J Fitzgerald of New Haven,- an interna tional officer of the Pohsherit and, BafV fers. and.i-ber RXrleurfrlaherr? of ; "Bridgeport, a member of, the same or ganization, were present at the bearing before the Judiciary committee and were positive that Mr. Crowley had made no such remarks as Mr. O'Meara had charged. Later Mr. O'Meara explained that the two men referred to were preesnt at the first hearing on the bill in question which was held on February 27 but were not present at the second hearing, April 16, and it was at the second hearing at which the remarks referred to were made. This explanation was followed by a manly statement from Delegate Snyder who said he was convinced that he had been mistaken in his original assumption that Mr. Crowley could not have made the remarks attributed to him. the confusion in dates and hear ings explaining the apparent testimony to the contrary from the two brothers quoted. It also developed during the discus sion that there was a mixup as to the identity of the committees. Indignant denials that certain remarks were made by Mr. Crowley before the Judiciary committee brought out the fact that Mr. O'Meara had charged these statements as having been made before the Labor committee, the denial of members who were present at a Judiciary committee hearing therefore being knocked into a cocked hat. Frank Fitzgerald, .business agent of the Hoisting and Portable Engineers and president of the State Building Trades Alliance, made! a very forceful statement concerning the matter: "I heard Crowley make these state ments myself. He made them on a bill which I introduced. I ain- willing to take my oath on it. I do not believe that we should send a delegate to Hart ford to play his political game for him. He knows he said these things and any body who knows him don't have to have a committee to investigate him." The applause which followed these remarks indicated the temper of the gathering and upon the vote being put on the motion calling for the appoint ment of an investigating committee the matter was finally and emphatically settled by a result of 57 against it to three in favor. During the debate many glowing tributes were paid to President O'Meara's long and loyal service to Labor's cause and to his unquestioned personal integrity. The applause which greeted the announcement of the final vote was in the nature of an ovation for him. PRICE REVOLUTION. Survey of Business Conditions by Irving Fisher. . "The New Price Revolution," a brief survey of business conditions made re cently by Irving Fisher, professor of political economy at Yale university and widely famous as an economist for the Information and Education Service, United States Department of Labor, has brought out many comments from mer chants and manufacturers as well as from editors. One of these, in the form of a letter from the head of knitting mills in Pennsylvania, pays tribute to Professor Fisher's accuracy as follows : "We want to say that Irving Fisher's monograph, of which we are in receipt of a copv is a masterpiece of truth, facts, and future thoughts. We hardly believe that there is si business harder hit than the textile industries .(hosiery especially), as the jobbers have taken an absolute nonbuying policy even after the manufacturers of this country agreed to guarantee prices until June 1, 1919." At the meeting of the New Haven Trades Council Thursday night Dele gate Poll of the Typographical Union announced that all workers should look for the union label on all printing. At tention was called to the fact that The Criterion weekly paper does not bear the union imprint.