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JOHN MITCHELL Figure Lecture Subjects The Philosophy, Purposes and Ideals of the Trade Union Movement. Industrial Accidents: Their Prevention and Compensation to Workmen for Losses Caused by Them. ALLIED PRINTING TRADES UNION LABEL COUNCIL 248 CHICAGO, ILL. EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT THE CHAUTAUQUA MANACERS ASSOCIATION CHICAGO John Mitchell, Lecturer FROM door-keeper in a trade union to many years of able and victorious leadership as President of the United Mine Workers, such is the remarkable record of John Mitchell, now Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor. His sagacious conduct and judicious use of power in the world of labor have won for him an international reputation. His ability as an orator makes him an effective speaker, and his treatment of the subjects, The Philosophy, Purposes and Ideals of the Trade Union Movement and Industrial Accidents: Their Prevention and Compensation to Workmen for Losses Caused by Them, arouses special interest because in this industrial age labor problems are among the most vital and pressing questions of the day. Excerpt from a letter written to Mr. John Mitchell by Hon. Seth Low (ex-Mayor of New York), President of the National Civic Federation, accepting his resignation from the National Civic Federation; Only your colleagues in the active administration of the National Civic Federation can fully understand how helpful you have been in bringing about a better understanding between employers and employees in all sorts of directions. I feel personally under special obligation to you for enabling me to understand better than ever before the workingmen's point of view on many questions of vital interest, and I want to say that it has been a personal pleasure to be associated with you and to work with you. Letter from Chairman of Entertainment Course, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. Mr. Mitchell's lecture was well received by one of the largest audiences of the course, numbering about 1200. His presentation of the labor cause was moderate and thoughtful and won for him and it many friends. He speaks easily and without mannerisms of any kind and with a frankness and sincerity which are attractive. on Industrial Topics Springfield Union, Springfield, Mass., March 7, 1910. John Mitchell, labor leader, addressed an audience of more than 2000 men in Court Square theater yesterday afternoon on The Philosophy, the Problems, and the Ideals of the Trade Union Movement. The stage and boxes were filled with local business and labor leaders and every seat was taken to the last row in the upper gallery. The applause was frequent and prolonged throughout portions of the speech, and the audience was attentive until the end. The Erie Dispatch, Erie, Pa., March 22, 1910. Forceful, concise, convincing—neither radical nor pedantic—these were the most striking impressions conveyed to the large audience which gathered in the High School auditorium, last evening, to hear John Mitchell, first vice-president of the American Federation of Labor, discuss The Philosophy, Problems, and Ideals of the Trade Unions. Intensely interesting is this young man of few words and large ideas, but if any there were in the audience who expected sensationalism, they were disappointed. John Mitchell is earnest, but not irrational; he has lofty ideals, but does not indulge in wild flights of meaningless oratory. He was uninterrupted during the course of his address by the attentive audience, which filled the hall, but the applause when he had finished was even greater than the honest ovation with which he was greeted when he appeared on the platform with Rev. John B. Barbour, who presented the great labor leader in a few well-chosen words. The New Haven Union, February 21, 1910. A very large and unusually representative audience filled Poli's theater last evening in honor of the Washington day celebration which is held annually under the auspices of St. Aloysius' Temperance Society. In honor of this anniversary, it is the custom of this society each year to invite some representative man of national reputation to make an address on some leading question of the time. Last evening, Mr. John Mitchell, vice-president of the American Federation of Labor, was the distinguished guest of honor who delivered an eloquent, calm, and logical address on The Workingman's Conception of Industrial Liberty. A notable and encouraging feature of the audience was the fact that it was not composed entirely of the working classes, for among those present were prominent temperance advocates who were most enthusiastic in their commendation of Mr. Mitchell's views on temperance and industrial problems. The New Haven Union, (Editorial) February 21, 1910. We commend to any of our readers who have any prejudices or bias against the organized labor movement a careful reading of the address of Mr. John Mitchell on Industrial Liberty printed in full elsewhere in the Union today. The St. Aloysius' T. A. B. Society is to be congratulated upon bringing Mr. Mitchell to this city because his presence among us has resulted in the killing of several birds with one stone, so to speak. Besides saying a number of good words for temperance, free speech and organized labor, Mr. Mitchell was able to prove by his bearing and address that he is not the sort of man that many of his auditors may have thought him to be. Everybody who listened to him certainly carried away a fairer and better opinion of the ideas and ideals for which he stands. The Philadelphia Record, April 10, 1911. At the Witherspoon Hall meeting of the Academy of Political and Social Science on Saturday, John Mitchell talked strongly in favor of more adequate legislation for the protection of life and limb in mines and factories, and for compulsory relief for sufferers either as a result of avoidable or unavoidable disaster in hazardous occupations. But more impressive than his words was the appalling fact of contemporaneous mine slaughter at Throop, in this State, and at Littleton, Alabama. If, as Mr. Mitchell insists, these terrible disasters are chargeable to political maladministration, consequent upon putting the work of legalized prevention in incompetent or faithless hands, a grave responsibility is brought home to State authorities. Evening Herald, Erie, Pa., March 22, 1910. John Mitchell discussing trade unionism and marshalling political economy and logic is a very different Mitchell from the man welding discordant nationalities into a strong union and swaying thousands by his personal magnetism and his simple eloquence. It takes a fight to bring out his most eloquent qualities. His address last night was well prepared; it had literary and economic merit; it was thoughtful; he put earnestness and sympathy into his delivery, but there was lacking that fine display of power which he can produce when occasion requires. Yet he has his audience with him every minute, and the applause when he had finished was a tribute to the man and his message. The News, Indianapolis, Ind., April 13, 1911. While a great personal injustice undoubtedly was done John Mitchell by designing persons in the last coal miners' convention, it seems probable that his forced retirement from the Civic Federation may be productive of good. In the days when he was the head of the coal miners of the country he was imbued with the idea of a mission. His appearance before the American Academy of Political and Social Science, in Philadelphia, on Saturday, confirms the opinion that his field of usefulness has broadened, rather than contracted, and that his labor can now be not only in the cause of his fellow-workers, but in behalf of industrial reorganization. There is no man in the country who can more effectively lay on the public conscience the responsibility for the death of over one hundred bread winners as the daily toil of American industry; no man who can more graphically and forcefully state what sorrow and loss this is; no man who can better place this country in the deadly parallel with countries which have evolved industrial systems which safeguard the life of the worker. There may be questions of whether it shall be employers' liability or workmen's compensation laws, but a repetition of the fact that 35,000 laborers are killed in this country annually will force the demand for some measure to stop the slaughter or to reduce it. Evening Mirror, Warren, O., April 22, 1911. There was never before assembled in Library Theater or any other meeting place in Warren, a more attentive audience than that which had the pleasure of listening to John Mitchell, who is vice-president of the American Federation of Labor and who resides in New York. He is ex-president of the United Mine Workers of America, and during the great strike of ten years ago it was through his conservative judgment that matters were adjusted and as a result those who delve beneath the soil are better paid and better protected than ever before. John Mitchell is a man of the strongest character, but fortunate for his success, he has never been radical. He stands for the man who toils and he himself toiled from the age of fourteen years in an Illinois mining district, but was gradually advanced and stands to-day paramount to any man who represents those who toil, in the minds of millions who earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. He is admired by those who employ labor. The manufacturer understands that John Mitchell is giving his work of life for those that toil for a livelihood, but finds in him one who is considerate of the rights of those who employ labor. Mr. Mitchell is scarcely over 40 years of age, and he is a clean cut type of American manhood. Although his early education was neglected, he studied by night and those who listened to him Friday evening must admit that he is a master of the English language. There are others upon the rostrum who may be more eloquent, but there has never been a public speaker in Warren who carried the weight of his argument more clearly. The memory of John Mitchell will be cherished in Warren. Indiana Evening Gazette, Indiana, Pa., April 19, 1911. Mr. Mitchell is a pleasing and convincing speaker, without the frills of oratory, and held the attention of his hearers for an hour and a quarter. He made a strong argument for Trade Unionism and doubtless did much to dispel whatever of prejudice there might have been against the cause. The good which has been accomplished by organized labor was presented in a convincing manner. The speaker frankly admitted that grievous mistakes had been made, but said that these were but the unfortunate mis-steps which any man or any movement invariably makes in the struggle upward. He insisted that the cause should no more be condemned because occasionally some of its adherents go wrong than should the church be condemned because occasionally some of its members go wrong, or the government be condemned because more than occasionally some of its servants stray from the path of honesty and justice. All in all, it was a very instructive address, delivered without cant or appeal to prejudice, and the community will be the better for having heard it. Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Ill., July 14, 1910. Speaking to 1800 people at the Bureau County Chautauqua at Princeton Friday afternoon, John Mitchell, the great labor leader, defended the trade union movement and justified its existence in an address on The Philosophy, Purposes and Ideals of the Trade Union Movement. Mr. Mitchell, who for many years was the national president of the United Mine Workers of America, is considered the greatest exponent of labor in the country and in addition to that he is regarded as the fairest leader the union cause has ever had. His presentation of the principles for which unionism stands, in his Chautauqua speech Friday, placed the labor question in a new light in this community and started many earnest people thinking along new lines. The Waterloo Evening Courier, July 7, 1910. Every person who heard John Mitchell speak at Chautauqua Park last night, came away satisfied that he had heard an earnest, forceful man tell an interesting story in a plain, homely manner that had a charm of its own. John Mitchell made friends in Waterloo yesterday. Over 4000 people listened to his lecture last night, and he was, as expected, one of the best drawing cards on the Chautauqua program.
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