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lieve to be a perfectly sound and justified sentiment that the two men should be given the extreme limit of the law. For their accomplice who turned State's evidence, a plea of leniency may properly be made; but in the case of the two brothers, what possible extenuation can be urged? Will it be said that the judge ought to be merciful because the plea of guilty saved the county from the expense of a long trial? But this would be to put a little money above the lives of the nineteen men who were killed by the dastardly crime which McNamara now confesses, and also above the duty of making the law majestic in its unflinching application of the decreed penalty. So far, there has been an extraordinary triumph of justice. The prosecution wove such a net about the criminals that their fate before an honest jury was certain. It is now for the court to complete the vindication of the law by imposing the extreme punishment for the darkest of crimes. And still more should be done. The inquiry into all the ramifications of this system of organized crime should be relentlessly pushed. A Federal Grand Jury in California is already at work investigating the use of dynamite by emissaries of labor unions. Let its pursuit be unsparing. If there is anywhere proof to be had that labor leaders not merely wink at violent methods-that was already well established—but have actually arranged for criminal assaults upon non-union workmen and for destruction of property, not stopping at the cool taking of human life, let it be got and made public, be the consequences what they may. It is not simply the McNamaras, it is the labor unions behind them, that now stand arraigned before the American people. Unless they promptly take measures to clean up their organizations and turn with as much horror from their murdering agents as does the entire nation, they will fall under an instant and overwhelming condemnation from which they can never recover.
HOW THEY WERE MISLED.
Despite the Complete and Damaging Evidence in the McNamara Case, Gompers Asserted Innocence of Accused. After Confessions Previous Statement
With the confessions of the McNamaras still ringing in our ears it is indeed interesting to read the statement issued by the president of the American federation of labor upon this case, when he returned to Washington after his "swing around the circle," during which he paused at Los Angeles long enough to investigate the case. Said Mr. Gompers upon that occasion:
"While in Los Angeles, I had an opportunity to talk with the McNamara brothers, and although I had to leave them in the gloomy jail, I left them with the firm conviction that a jury of their peers would soon proclaim their innocence, set them free, and remove from labor the stain that an unscrupulous organization of employes, The National Association of Manufacturers with its $1,500,000 fund to crush labor would fain fasten upon it. Before I saw the McNamara brothers in jail I was positively convinced of their innocence. After talking with them in Los Angeles, I am convinced that they are the victims of one of the most diabolical plots ever hatched in our country.
"In Los Angeles every effort has been made to preju
dice the citizens against the McNamaras. Detective Burns, his employers and satellites, have already tried them in the newspapers and magazines, but justice will prevail and the plots of the enemies of labor will fail. The people of Los Angeles are realizing more and more that an unholy effort has been and is being made to sacrifice innocent men so that a stain may be cast on the cause they represent. The American Federation of Labor will stand by the McNamaras. We know they are innocent. We have secured for them the services of the ablest lawyers who cannot be bought and I am confident that when the trial is over and the plots of the enemies of labor have been disclosed, organized labor will be commended and praised for its position in the McNamara case."
It is truly remarkable how ridiculous a man can make himself by being too positive; especially is this the case when we add to it the vehemence of a Gompers. Let the laboring man who is contributing his mite to the federation of labor read carefully the stereotyped phrases in the foregoing statement; phrases which are a sweet morsel under the glib tongue of the union orator and then let Mr. Laboring Man figure out how many times he has listened to this sort of rot and believed it.
Bear in Mind.
In reading the foregoing statement one should bear in mind that it was delivered just after the trial of the McNamaras began, namely, October 11. Since the confession of the McNamaras attorney Darrow has been quoted as saying that he knew "months ago" that these men were guilty. If Darrow knew this can it be possible that he did not tell Gompers when they were in Los Angeles together? If Darrow did tell Gompers then why did he continue to urge the union men of the country to send in their contributions to the defense fund?
Plans for the prevention of accidents in the machine shop are now being vigorously carried out by the National Metal Trades Association.
Now that the garment workers of Cleveland have lost their strike as they did in Chicago, it behooves the New York manufacturers who conspired with the unions to incite these strikes, to insist upon the open shop. Brotherly love among garment manufacturers located in different cities seems to have taken an extended vacation, if it were really ever on the job at all.
Union machinists who were laid off by the railroads at Portland, Oregon, before the strike began, have been insisting that they be paid strike benefits or they would return to work. In order to appease these men $1.00 has been deducted from the strike benefits of other union machinists. Evidently it makes no difference whether you are fired before the strike begins or go out at the time, you are entitled to benefits just the same.
The daily press of the country has already devoted so much space, editorial and news, to the confessions of the McNamaras, and the assertions which THE REVIEW and employers have been making for years anent the criminalty in the ranks of union labor have been so abundantly verified, that any further and extended comments at this time would seem superfluous. Editorials from many of the leading daily newspapers of the day support the contentions of THE REVIEW so thoroughly that we shall be content with bringing a few of them to the attention of readers.
MINISTERS FOR RAIL STRIKERS.
"Little Knowledge a Dangerous Thing." Experience a Difficult Task Master.
The Chicago Branch of the National Metal Trades' Association has called attention to an article appearing in the press of that city under the caption, "Ministers For Rail Strikers." The press article gives an account of a resolution adopted by the Methodist ministers of Chicago at their regular weekly meeting.
"It is stated that the resolution," says the Chicago Branch, "urged that the Harriman lines and the Illinois Central deal with the striking employes as union men." For years these roads have dealt with the different crafts in their employ on the basis of their several organizations, but today the principal issue is the acknowledgment of dealing with the Confederation of Shop Employes, embracing machinists, boilermakers, blacksmiths, car men, etc., etc. The demands of each and all must be met or sympathetic strikes would be called by each of the other crafts. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Had these ministers but a small part of the experience which our members have had with the unions of machinists, boilermakers, blacksmiths, etc., and known of their unreasonable demands and untenable positions, to say nothing of their intimations and slugging practices, they would certainly have desired to learn both sides before stultifying themselves before the public, as they unfortunately have done. The old adage, 'Let the shoemaker stick to his last,' is a decidedly safe one to follow."