LABOR: At Portland

The American Federation of Labor opened its 43d annual convention in Portland, Ore., and before it came its patriarchal leader, Samuel Gompers, with a declaration of faith.

" On my honor as a man," he swore, " and as an adopted citizen of the United States, with all sympathy for other people in their struggles toward realization of an ideal of freedom, I declare that I believe the Republic of the United States of America is the best form of government on the earth today."

He added, however: " Great as is the...

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