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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
UNITED STATES SENATE
H. R. 23635
AN ACT TO AMEND AN ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO CODIFY,
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
UNITED STATES SENATE.
CLARENCE D. CLARK, Wyoming, Chairman. KNUTE NELSON, Minnesota.
AUGUSTUS O. BACON, Georgia. WILLIAM P. DILLINGHAM, Vermont. CHARLES A. CULBERSON, Texas. GEORGE SUTHERLAND, Utah.
LEE S. OVERMAN, North Carolina. FRANK B. BRANDEGEE, Connecticut.
THOMAS H. PAYNTER, Kentucky. WILLIAM E. BORAH, Idaho.
WILLIAM E. CHILTON, West Virginia. NORRIS BROWN, Nebraska.
JAMES A. O'GORMAN, New York. ALBERT B. CUMMINS, Iowa.
DUNCAN U. FLETCHER, Florida. ELIHU ROOT, New York.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON H. R. 23635. ELIHU ROOT, New York.
WILLIAM E. CHILTON, West Virginia. KNUTE NELSON, Minnesota.
JAMES A. O'GORMAN, New York. GEORGE SUTHERLAND, Utah.
EDMUND J. WELLS, Clark, II
D. OF D.
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 o'clock a. m. Present: Senators Root (chairman), Nelson, and Sutherland.
Senator Root. We shall be very glad to hear what you have to say, Mr. Gompers.
STATEMENT OF SAMUEL GOMPERS, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERI
CAN FEDERATION OF LABOR.
Mr. GOMPERS. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, during the earlier hearings before the subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate on this bill, the Clayton bill, I took occasion to say that the purpose of the proponents of the bill was not to consume any of the time, or to consume as little of the time of the committee as possible, but to rely upon the hearings had before the Judiciary Committee of the House, which hearings were already in print. Those who opposed the bill came before the committee, and I think I am justified in saying that of the many hours of the several days taken by them less than one-twentieth of the time was devoted to the consideration of the bili. But they seemed just to clutch at the heavens and at the depths of the nether regions in order to throw odium upon the men who are before Congress asking for this legislation, and they brought in matters as extraneous and foreign to the purpose of this bill as the two poles are distant from each other.
The record of the committee is replete with accusations, insinuations, and irrelevant foreign matter, all intended to poison the minds of Congress; and I may say, with all due respect to the Members of Congress, what is of far greater importance to us, it was intended to poison the minds of the people against our work and our motives and the purposes which we sought to further by the passage of this bill. Because of that course pursued by these men, acting as attorneys for their clients, though without a word of reflection upon them because they are lawyers and have the retainers of their clients, I think it counts for something that these men appear purely as attorneys for their clients as against those who are appearing in furtherance of a great right, a great principle.
Since the adjournment of your committee last spring several things have transpired which require some recounting. We have gone