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if it might not have been spoken today:

"Say I am a railroad magnate.

I make my 'schedules'

or contracts, not with all my employes together, but with each

craft separately

and there cannot be too many autonomous

crafts among them to suit me....... My contract with my loca

motive engineers is drawn up to expire, we shall say, on April

15; my contract with my switchmen is drawn up to expire on

September 3; ........and so forth, down the line.... Each separate craft being tied up with a separate contract, ex

piring on a separate date, I got the industry at my mercy. Say that, 'contract' or no 'contract',......my switchmen are

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Labor-Lieutenants hasten to respond to my call.

Like black

birds, they hie themselves to the scene from the four quar

ters of the compass.

And then, to the orchestration of

'Infamous men, they have broken their contracts! Scundalous

men, they have violated their sacred agreement!' and more to

this effect from tne press that I have set agoing,.......my

national Labor-Lieutenants fall to work.

They do not turn

their attention to the men on strike: these contract-break

ing miscreants are below the contempt of my virtuous Labor


They call around them the men in the other de


engineers, firemen, conductors, etc., and address

them in this language:

'.... They have broken their con


Surely YOU will not do the same?

Surely YOU will


not be so base!

Surely YOU will be true!'

And the men thus


bowing low to the Goddess of Contract, make answer: 'Not we! WE shall not break our Sacred con

tracts!' Which, translated into English, means 'WE SHALL SCAB IT UPON OUR FELLOW WAGE SLAVES.' And they do! And thus

we have seen Union locomotive engineers scabbing it upon Union

firemen, and Union firemen scabbing it upon Union brakemen,

and Union brakemen scabbing it upon Union switchmen, down the line..... It is not the UNORGANIZED SCAB who breaks the strikes, but the ORGANIZED CRAFT that really does the dirty work.....


Were De Leon alive today, be might very readily adapt

his remarks to the present switchmen's strike.

He need only


Officers of the Four Brotherhoods hasten to Chicago.

W. G. Lee, president of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen,

telegraphs that the strike is illegal and that "members of

the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and others will be fully protected in accepting positions as switchmen or switch tend

2 ers made vacant by such illegal strike. And the vice-pres

ident of the Brotherhood assures the railway managers:


positions left by these husty strikers will be filled with

other union men.

We have contracts with the railroads and we must live up to them. 53 So union men are hurried to

Chicago from Cleveland, from Iowa, Wyoming, and elsewhere.

Furthermore, officials are not responsive to the

will of the rank and file.

The organizer of the "rebel"

1. Daniel De Leon, "Socialist Reconstruction of Society" 24-6. 2. Chicago Herald and Examiner, Apr. 7, 1920. 3. Ibid, April 6, 1920. Italics mine.

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