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awful catastrphe which occurred in the conflagration of the Chicago theater when nearly 600 human beings were sacrificed upon the altar of parsimoney and greed. For some time the carriage and cab drivers of Chicago have been on strike for an increase of their former wages from $10 to $12 a week and for a re­ duction of their 12 to 14 hours a day's labor. Mr. A. C. Bartlett, of Chicago, who some time ago said something favor­ able to the recognition of organized labor, addressed a letter to us repeat­ ing the charges and enclosed a clip­ ping from the Chicago Chronicle, one of the bitterest opponents of organ­ ized labor, which in lurid phrase de­ picted the supposed indifference and brutal conduct of the striking carriage and cab drivers. This* -was the first instance in which a direct representa­ tion of such Charge was made to us and we determined to make an invest­ igation of the entire matter. We wrote letters to the president of the Cigarmakers' International Union, Mr. George.W. Perkins to the presi­ dent of the International Brotherhood carriages at once. He sent his fore­ man to a saloon where the strikers were accustomed to spend their time in the vicinity of the barns. The fore man told the men of the message and asked them if they would man the car­ riages. Not a word was said about anyone being killed, according to the statement of Mr. Moone himself. In fact, at that time he did not know that anyone had been killed neither did the strikers nor but few of the people of Chicago, for the reason that it was but a short time after the fire broke out, and the full import of the disaster was not known even to the police and firemen. Furthermore, the foreman, when asking the men to return to work, did so- with a laugh, thereby implying that he himself did not take the request seriously. There was a strike, on at the time, and the men quite naturally re­ fused to man the carriages until they were more fully informed. When they did learn the extent of the disaster, an hour or two later, as already stated, the men at once returned to work, leaving the question of wages and other points in dispute out of consider­ ation entirely. So much for that lie. it

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  1. The Labor World,
  2. 06 Feb 1904, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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