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5 TO ORGANIZED LABOR THE LABOR NEWS is your paper and its advertisers de- k pend on your support. Tell 4 them ou Saw It In The News i and everyone will be happy. LABOl pKESS 4 Crfirr' unity grealesfABVEitta" tabor PajMrpuihslid alog "mstruutvelraei telolnEMPlOYEjiani s1 - ASSOCIATION VOLUME XI, NUMBER 59, Published weekly at 286-288 York St., New Haven, Conn. NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1924 Entered as second class matter at Post Office at New Haven, Conn. nnirc truDCC rrMTO under Act of March 3, 1879. fKIVfc. 1 HKbt CtJN 1 Z q ' HP TT 9 Club Over Mew JJe La General. Registrar Elected On Policy Decides He Alone of All His Party Fitted to Rep resent Third Congressional District at Na tional Convention and All Others Must Keep Out From the Start Has Usurped Control Through Town Committee Disfranchise ment of Voters at Primaries and Refusal to List Women Started Trouble. For the first time in the history of democratic party politics in the city of New Haven a democratic registrar of voters has picked himself as the only representative democrat fitted to go as a congressional dis trict delegate to the convention that is to name the next president of the United States. That is what Thomas E. Cahill, general registrar of voters, has cone and to bring it about he has employed the very methods for which he denounced his predecessor and on which denunciation he was elect ed to office with the assistance of I. M. Ornburn and friends. The fact of the matter is that no predecessor of his in the office of general reg istrar has ever before counselled with himself and decided that he alone of all the democrats was fitted to represent the entire district at the na tional convention. With the strength of the 44 votes from New Haven he not alone has subjected the democrats of the city of New Haven to his arrogant selection of himself but has also settled the question for the democrats in all the rest of the district. Is it possible that alone in this district Mr. Cahill possesses the necessary and help to frame the national party What many democrats would like to know is. Of what great 'college of po itical science has this modern Moses, self appointed to lead the democrats out of the widerness, been graduated from One would imagine they claim that the democratic party of .the City of New Haven was composed of but one. That one being Czar Cahill. It is easy to see that a man . might attain the great prominence as such . a leader, as Ca hill sets himself up as. But by search of the records of the public hearings that had for their purpose the uplifting of humanity, the protection of the rights of the citizens, the allevating of the dis tress coincident to the republican de pression, to the granting of decent wage and living conditions to school teachers, firemen and policemen, it will be found that Mr. Cahill was notably among THOSE NOT PRESENT. Also in the city manager contest whereby an at tempt was being made to transfer the seat of government from New Haven to Hartford, it is said that Mr. Cahill not alone aided the frarners of this scheme by his nonappearance in opposi tion to it, but that with the citizens money he employed every Cahill cohort within the election polling places, thus preventing any aid that they, may' have been able to give the defenders of home rule in the city of New Haven. Mr. Cahill sets himself up as the only democrat fit to represent this district. Does it follow Democrats are asking that by submitting to republican dicta tion, that being the mere secretary to the republican registrar of voters places him on this self-constructed pedestal? Is it the fact that when young demo cratic lawyers who by hard work strug gling to attain an educaton and better their condition in life, go to a democra tic convention for the selection of a democratic judge of probate that Czar Cahill can .deny them, the right to' even speak from the floor of a democratic convention in opposition to the naming of any republican no matter who or what he may be? Nevertheless that is what he has done, it is charged. At the time that this new Moses was contesting for tlie registrarship of the party in New Haven he said in sub stance that the "democratic registrar of voters should attend solely to the du ties of the registration of citizens should not attempt to dictate to the party candi dates or policies That the citizens of the city of New Haven were paying to maintain that office that they might have an honest 'registrion of voters for both primaries and elections. He then said that he would promise the people if he succeeded to office that he would see to it that neither the registrar nor his assistants whom he appointed would , attempt the usurpation of power of the democratic town committee. . How has he kept his promise? One of his first acts was to appoint members of the town committee to the Elects H qualification to select the candidate policies ? position of assistant registrar thus by one , stroke and with the city's money injecting ' his will unto -the town com mittee. In addition thereto, besides be ing deputy registrars, members of the town committee under the control of this modern Moses, secured places in the city government, some in direct vio lation of the provisions of the city char ter. The first primary registration that came under the control of the democra tic Moses and his fellow angels the deputy registrars, (who were also mem bers of the town committee and city workers) found many democrats who had opposed him in previous .campaigns among the "casualities," charged up as printers errors. Yet the state law gov erning party primaries and caucuses and governing the registration therof 1 for which the city pays, specifically makes provision for the adding on of names of citizens who have been removed or classed among the missing by error when it. says. "The registrars of voters on the first and second Fridays in August shall sit for the purpose of making en rollments for party primaries and cau cuses and AT SUCH OTHER TIMES AS THE REGISTRARS MAY DEEM VECESSARY." Here is proof that if a mistake or mistakes had been made tha Mr. Ca hill had the power to reinstate at least those democrats wlu had been removed by "printers' orhissions". There is fur ther proof that his predecessor . in of fice had often added to the primary list the names of people who had been left off by error. Those proofs repose in the town clerk's office. The Cahill organization of registrars defiiantly threatened to remove and did remove the names from the lists. Old timers refer to the primary contest waged by the present mayor, David E. Fitzgerald against the mayor about 16 years ago, James B. Martin, and tell of the numbers who were deprived of their voting rights. It has been referred to as a most disgraceful episode but the recent decapitation of the voting heads of democrats under the Cahill adminis tration is charged as the most brazen attempt of any registrar of voters of any party recorded in modern times. It went to two courts of this state and subsequently his appointees for whom he was directly responsible were con victed and penalized for failure to per form the sworn duties of the office. The judge in sentencing the culprits gave voice to the following rebuke: "If I had not sat in at this trial and heard the evidence I would not believe such a thing were possible in "America." The able prosecutor in summing up be fore the jury voiced the protest of the citizenry of all parties with these words : "If crimes such as these go unpunished then the government of America shall totter and fall. Such methods as these j are the taking away of the liberties ! (Continued on Page Eight.) , . . Wno Was f "No B o imse ORNBURN NOT TO ENTER TICKET IN CITY PRIMARIES Labor Candidate For Democratic Delegate Expects to Go to Con vention, However. Satisfied with what has been ac complished in showing up conditions within the. democratic party in New Haven city, Ira- M. Ornburn, secre tary of the Connecticut Federation of Labor, candidate, for district delegate to the democratic convention, will not enter a ticket in the primaries for Tuesday night. The time limit for nnng such ticket expires tonight, Saturday. TIts does not mean, how ever that Mr. Ornburn is out of trie contest. Rather he expects to be a delegate to the national convention m New York as is indicated in a formal statement he issued defining his posi tion. It- follows : "The objective I set out to attait has been -accomplished," Mr. Ornburn said. "While I have no doubt of my Success in a contest against the demo cratic registrar that in itself could not prove to me the thing that democrats of this city have long siispected but have not been certain of. The win ning of a delegation at a primary was not of itself the important issue in this campaign. "1 have attained a greater victory than could be gained in any primary contest by ascertaining that one must not attempt to exercise hfe preroga tive of contesting for the honor of serving his party. It has been proved to the satisfaction of all that the re cent events coincident to the depriv ing of citizens of this city of ther constitutional right to vote at their party primary and at elections had been condoedi' by those whose sworn duty it is to guard the citizenry against all such usurpation of their rights. There can be no mistaking that this contest has plainly made some high officials accessories to these high handed methods of control." "uoes this mean that you are ou? of the race entirely for delegate to the national convention?" Mr. Ornburu was asked. "No. It means only that I have de cided not to contest for the delega tion from this city." "Then you expect to attend the convention as a delegate?" "I certainly do." "As a district delegate?" "That I am not prepared to say just at this time. But I want to impress the fact that the democratic conven tion to be held in New York in June will find my name listed as one of the delegates from the state v of Connecti cut ." BABIES KILLED BY NEGLECT New York, April 5. "A baby born under conditions as- they are in this country today has scarcely more chance of living a week than an old man of 90," said Herbert ' Hoover, president of the American Child Health Association and leader in the move ment to celebrate May 1 as child health day. "The high rate of infant mortality and the deaths of mothers in child birth," said Mr. Hoover, "are mainly responsible for this terrible phowlnj. For the last seven years an average of one baby out of every 11 born alive was lost." FATALITIES IN MINES. Washington, April 5. There were 158 deaths in the coal mines of this country in February, reports the United States bureau of mines. For each million tons of coal produced in that period the death rate was 2.69. If Sole I OSS Dictator NEW NAVY EXECUTIVE TALKS TO UNIONISTS Sacramento, Cal., April 5. Judge Curtis D Wilbur delayed his depart ure to Washington to address the an nual convention of the State Building Trade Council, which convened in the state capitol. The new secretary of the navy was given a rousing reception. He spoke on man's changing ideas. "We have all been changing our ideas in rela tion to almost everything," said Judge Wilbur, wh0 stressed education and the importance- of contact with one another. CONVICT LABOR IN CONNECTICUT PAYSROYALLY Federal Burfeau Makes Public Startl ing Facts on Compensation With Free Workers. Convicts! in, Connecticut state pris ons to the number of 916 in 1923 pro duced goods which competed with Labor in the open market to the value of $2,346,107 and besides goods valued at $75,012 which" ' were used by the state, and' only 528 of the prisoners were employed in these lines, accord ing to a report just made by the bu reau of labor statistics at Washington. Of 143 convicts employed at the re formatory at Cheshire, 40 were en gaged in agricultural pursuits, and 30 in the manufacture of automobile tags producing goods under the state use system valued at $14,876 and $43, 961, respectively. Twenty engaged in printing, eight In shoe reparing, and 45 in miscellane ous pursuits, produced goods under the public account (system valued at $28,437, $9,042 and $525, respectively. Twenty-one convicts at the state farm at Niantic produced goods under the state use system valued at $10,940. Of the 364 inmates of the state pris on at Wethersfield, 11 were engaged in agricultural pursuits, producing goods valued at $5,235 under the state use system, while 353 were engaged In the manufacture of shirts producing goods under the piece system valued at $2,308,103, with the state receiving $125,000 for the labor. Connecticut received the highest amount for her convict labor of any ftate in New England, and had the second highest number of convicts. FRAYNE ATTACKS NATION GRAFTERS IN MERIDEN MEET A. F. of L. Organizer in Stirring Spfeech Shows Up Slanderers of Labor Organizations. (Special to The Labor News.) Meriden, April 5. "WThich is the worse, the railroad men whom Attor ney General Daugherty ' accused of all sorts of sabotage while on strike or the crowd at Washington who for four years have been attacking the Organized worker and at the same time robbing him and the whole coun try?" asked Hugh Frayne, general or ganizer of the American Federation of Labor, at a rousing meeting here Monday night under auspices of the Central Labor Union. The several hundred in the hall, including many employers and non-union men, practi cally were unanimous in agreeing that the Washington spoilsmen were the worst The meeting was presided over by John H. Lap'pert and Edward M. Mc Mahon of New Haven, representative of the Pressmen's union, was the firt speaker. He gave an interesting ad (Continued on Page Eight.) I NEW HAVEN GIVES , ANTI-UNION FIRM $8,300 PROTT Loss of Time on New Bridge Con tract to Labor Troubles But Not "Organized." The policy of the City of New Ha ven in awarding large contract to non-union firms who happen to be the lowest bidders without being ful ly assured that the contractors can "deliver the goods" at the price and in the time stipulated, resulted this week in the city practically making a present of $8,300 tQ a non-union firm engaged in the construction of the new Tomlinson bridge. After a sev eral hours' conference Thursday at which the firm claimed $17,700, an agreement was reached whereby the company will take $10,800 and call it square, the city to pay $8,300 and the C. W. Blakeslee firm, another anti union organization, the balance; The "offended" firm is the Phoenix Bridge company of Pennsylvania, a notoriously anti-union concern, which had the contarct to supply the steel for the bridge at a price of $212,000. Delivery was to be made within 300 days but "due to labor trouble, in ability fo get necessary materials and failure of the stone contractors, an other non-union outfit, to deliver," the steel company claims it has been held up in delivery and erection- of the steel and therefore demanded that the city settle. Where the labor troubles come in was not set forth but as the bridge is being built non-union throughout it is certain that they were not caused by Organized Labor. The steel company claimed the steel ready and waiting for delivery and erection and that to hold it has lost them in terest on their profits, cost of bonds, extra costs by the delay- and othei sundry items all to the tune of $17, 700. . The Blakeslee company is-the gen eral contractor on the abutments and approaches and were thus brought lii as a party to the delay, it being claimed their part of the job is yet incomplete so the steel work cannot go on. Yet although the city is supposed to be protected against such delays nevertheless at the conference Thurs day the city was mulcted to the amount of $8,300 for the Blakeslee company delays while that firm gets off with $2,500. The settlement wag made, so 'tis said, through the desire of all con cerned to keep the matter out or court. Similar incidents occurred in the construction of the Middletown avenue, bridge a few years ago which also waS given to notoriously anti-union firms. When the contract was finished and the bills presented the city found it self up against bills for some $15,00Q for extras, which the non-union firms found were very necessary to com plete the job. The city had to pay then and now it pays again.' THEATER WORKERS OF NEW ENGLAND HOLD CONVENTION National Officers From AH Over the Country in Attendance at New Haven Meeting The 13th annual convention of the New England District of Stage Em ployes and Moving Picture Operators was held in Dorscht hall, New Haven, on Sunday afternoon and evening last and ws undoubtedly the mostt suc cessful gathering ever held by the or ganization. Grand lodge officers from the president down to the assistant secretary were present and made ad dresses, as did labor officials of the state and other crafts, while at the banquet in the Ascheonbreadal in the evening merriment as well as words of wisdom rolled around the sumptuously laden boards with zest. The speaker of the day was Grand President William F.' Canavan of St. Louis, Mo., who dwelt on the organ ization as a whole, its problems and needs. He was followed by General (Continued on Page Five.) Manager Bardo Forces Engine Men On N. H. And C. N. E. To Take Vote On Strike MACHINISTS WILL RUN SMOKER AND MITT CARD The International Association of Machinists, Elm lodge, No. 420, is to run a smoker at Herrmannson's haTr, on Crown street, this evening. In ad dition to a vaudeville program which carries many attractive names, tnerw will be several boxing bouts. The Monguese brothers will meet in a ter rific struggle which has been entitled "Brotherly Love," and Wild Bill Rey nolds will meet Battling Connelly, Sailor Jones tackles Lefty Caijson, Young Wrinn mingles with ' Battling Leo, in addition to otherv bouts. LABOR COLLEGE GETS UNDER WAY WITH BIG START Firs Class Enrolled to Limit Wih Outsiders Sleeking to Join But Barred. With a starting class of 20, the limit which can be conveniently handled in one evening, the Labor College insti tuted in New Haven under the aus pices of the Trades Council got-under way Tuesday night. "Public Speak ing" was the first course selected and there were many others who desired to take advantage of the eight weeks term provided but to allow each man proper time for demonstration not more than 20 can be handled in this one line at a time. Other classes will be formed to take care of the over flow and in the meantime courses in history, both Labor and world, eco nomics and the like are being formed. The speaking course is being con ducted by Prof. Smithson of Yale. In addition to the trades union men enrolled in the class, there were a number of non-unionists present Tues day night, despite the storm and they desired to join the classes. As the college is distinctly a trades union movement and union men have already taken enough interest to assure its success the applications of these out siders were rejected. The action was reported to the Trades Council body on Thursday night and upheld.' To permit outsiders in at the chea rate of instruction provided for by union men would soon mean an in flux of outsiders that would periously interfere with, if it didn't entirely up set the benefits intended for trade union members: The meetings are be ing held in Machinists Hall and there is n0 earthly reason why labor men should furnish hallp and cheap tuition for outsiders, several of the applicants already being as matter of fact trades men eligible for union membership but not enrolled. Why they should ex pect to be given the further" advantage of Organized men's efforts the direc tors of the college could not see and therefore 'rejected them. , WANT MARINE BAND TO PLAY AT FAIRS Washington, April 5. Congrema Morehead of Nebraska has introduced a resolution authorizing the President to direct the Marine Band to pjay at fairs and expositions in the south west .expense to be paid by the gov ernment. President Gompers has protested to department heads against this com petition with civilian bands. The law of June 3, 1916, makes such assign ment illegal, and it is now proposed to set aside the law for the benefit of ex position managers WILL HONOR MORSE. Chicago, April 5. Organized teleg raphers in the United States and Can ada will observe Sunday, April 27, birthday of Prof. Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, as Morse memorial day. Railroad General Man ager Upsets "Pending: Settlement of Wage Question By Arbi trary Demand For Concessions That Would Mean Decrease. The arrogance of General Manager C. L. Bardo in dealing with organized employes of the New Haven and C. N. E. Railroads was again demonstrated during the past Week and has resulted in a situation that has already started a strike vote among the engineers and ; firemen employed on both roads and that may end in a serious clash before adjusted. After weeks and weeks of conferences on the proposed "new wage scale, during which the engi neers and firemen made many conces sions in working rules asked for by the railroad, Mr. Bardo suddenly, and when everything was thought fettled, injected new proposals which would: have resulted in reduction in wage in stead of increases, told the committees it was his final action and thus the conferences broke off. There was nothing left for the committees to do but submit the matter to the general engine employes and this is now being: done and a vote orr a possible strike being taken. In common with engine men all over the country, the New Haven and C. N. E. men last fall presented a request for a 20 per cent, increase in wages, this being a part restoration of reductions made a few years ago by the Railroad Labor Board. Matters hung in abey ance for several months until late iir January . the New York Central road settled the situation with its engine men by an increase of five per cent. This settlement was speedily adopted by other roads and the New,, Haven and C. N. E. committees made a pro-" position to the New Haven manage ment for a like adjustment. Conferences started in February with the general committees on the . roads and Manager Bardo and Mr. Bardo made a tentative agreement to the wage scale but insisted upon modification of many of 'the working rules and elim ination of others all of which meant considerable sacrifice on the part of the employes. To effect an adjustment amicably, however, the general com mittee agreed to many modifications but again Mr. Bardo proved obdurate and demanded still further concessions. A deadlock naturally resulted and the road committefes asked assistance from the grand chiefs of their broth erhoods and Assistant Grand Chief Griffing of the engineers and Vice- President Lewis of the Firemfcn came on here and -held further conferences with the road officials. At pme of these conferences President Pearson was present and tentative agreements were made wherein the workers made further concessions and late laft month, following a conference with President Pearson and Mr. Bardo, it looked as if the matter was settled. Mr. Bardo promised' his final state ment in writing and the conference board recessed to await it. It came along next day and to the surprise of the enginemen Mr. Bardo not only had insisted upon all the con cessions tentatively agreed 'to but injected' absolutely new questions rela tive to the guaranteed minimum wag; of $7 a day for (engineers and $5.25 for firemen, which new concessions would have resulted in an actual decrease n wages instead of the five per cent, in crease expected. Mr. Bardo also stipu lated that in case the Railroad Labor Board now considering the disputes between the firemen and the railroad " shoulddecide in favor of the riflemen, the road would reserve the right to defer the application of the award un ( Continued on Page Two) '