Labor Troubles and Chicago Fires

Issue 21 and Volume 52.

Labor Troubles and Chicago Fires The attention of the insurance men of Chicago was called some weeks ago to a rumor that a number of fires that had occurred and kept recurring in the city were due to labor troubles. For some time there have been serious controversies between rival unions and to many it has seemed as if only the one reason were assignable for these outbreaks of fire. This theory apparently has some foundation in fact. Quite recently Charles Cameron, a member of the Painters’. Glaziers’ and Paperhangers’ Union, was arrested while preparing to start a fire. When arrested he confessed to the destruction of eight buildings in the past few months, valued at $100,000. He says that he was employed to set fire to this building by local No. 134 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, because members of local No. 376, a rival organization, had…

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