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The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gil­bert

Tues­day, Feb. 11, 1919

One Co­hoes yarn mill re­opens this morn­ing, but a lock­out against work­ers de­mand­ing a 48-hour work week con­tin­ues in most Spin­dle City plants. The re­open­ing of Fuld & Hatch on Saratoga Street puts 200 people back to work for the first time since Fe­bru­ary 3. With the ex­cep­tion of Har­mony Mills, the city’s knit goods man­u­fac­tur­ers shut down that day, al­legedly due to lack of or­ders, dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Co­hoes Tex­tile Coun­cil, a fed­er­a­tion of tex­tile-work­ers’ unions. The Coun­cil re­jected a deal of­fered last week­end that would have granted work­ers the 48-hour week (over six days). The stick­ing point was man­age­ment’s de­mand that the Carders’ Union agree to work through the nor­mal noon lunch hour. Coun­cil lead­ers ar­gued that the lunch-hour question should not be linked to the 48-hour question. The Carders will take up the pro­posal at a meet­ing later this week. Fuld & Hatch is op­er­at­ing on a lim­ited sched­ule. Ac­cord­ing to gen­eral man­ager James W. Tay­lor, the plant will run only three days a week for day shifts only. As for the other man­u­fac­tur­ers, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive tells The Record, “We have no or­ders on our books at present. We will not of­fer any other propo­si­tions. The unions asked us to sub­mit a counter pro­posal, which we did.”

Re­ported Killed But is Very Much Alive

While his name has not ap- peared on any of­fi­cial ca­su­alty lists from the fed­eral war depart­ment, Pri­vate Chris Jensen of Lans­ing­burgh had been un­of­fi­cially re­ported killed in ac­tion. The Record re­ports to­day, how­ever, that Jensen “is very much alive and well.” Six­teenth Ward al­der­man Ed­ward J. Kier­sted has re­ceived a let­ter from Jensen con­firm­ing that he is now part of the U.S. army of oc­cu­pa­tion in­side Ger­many. “He wishes to be re­mem­bered to his many friends here, and ex­presses the opin­ion that he will not be home for some time yet,” our re­porter writes.

Tro­jans Ex­posed Amend­ment Trick

U.S. Se­na­tor Wil­liam M. Calder of New York cred­its Troy mayor Cor­nelius F. Burns with “show­ing me some­thing that re­ally had es­caped my no­tice.”

As a re­sult, the Sen­ate is ex­pected to vote down an amend­ment to the forth­com­ing river and har­bor bill au­tho­riz­ing the cre­ation of a U.S.- Canada joint com­mis­sion to con­sider ship­ping freight from the Great Lakes to the At­lantic through Canada via the St. Lawrence River. Burns ad­vo­cates an “All-Amer­i­can” wa­ter route in­clud­ing the barge canal and the Hud­son River, with Troy as the hub.

“Mr. Burns and his friends showed me how an ap­par­ently harm­less thing could be used against the best in­ter­ests of the state,” Calder tells our Washington cor­re­spon­dent.

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