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That Baker Conspiracy Bill

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The Courier having called the attention of the working men to the Baker conspiracy bill, and Allen's record upon ït being so opposed to the interests of the laboring man, it is well to keep in mind his record upon that subject. That the point we made last week hit home, is shown by the fact that even the Courier says that if what we said is true, the Argus scored "a most excellent point." Well, it is true. The House Journal of 1877 will show how Allen voted. Ask A. J. Sawyer, if you want to know, if Allen didn't vote for the Baker conspiracy bill. Ask E. B. Norris. He was a member of the legislature at the time. He tried to induce Allen to vote against the bill and heard his speech made in favor of it. Go up to the University library and ask for the House Journal of 1877, turn to page 232 and see Allen's name recorded in favor of the Baker conspiracy bill. This is matter of official record. It is not mere unsupported newspape: talk. Anybody who doubts our word can easily verify it. The point we score possesses the element of truth. Henee-, according to the Couner. it is a most excellent ne. The laboring men of the country are now striving to have their rights protected by national legislation. Bills will be introduced at the coming congress to effectually shut out the importation of foreign contract labor so that the millionaire manuíacturers can no longer forcé their men to take starvation wages or replace them with foreigners, brought over here under contract to work for the wages prevailing in their own countries. Bills will be presented for the settlement of labor difficulues by arbitration and in other ways, so hat the rights of the people may be secured. No one can doubt how Stearns will be found on these questions. Allen's official record places him against the laboring men. Will they trust him to legislate for them in the light of his past record ? Why do the laboring men petition lor the repeal of the Baker conspiracy act in this state if it is not designed to place them at the mercy of the gigantic corporations? Why should 'they let a man go to congress, where such important legislation will be presented in their interests, if he has shown himself their enemy by his official acts while a member of the state legislature? We don't believe the laboring men will be found with Allen in this campaign. His record speaks too loudly. And we don't believe that prominent Ann Arbor republican was right, when he stated that "there were not enough laboring men in this district to make very much difference anyway." Let Stearns' majority teil whether their votes have weight or not.


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