LABOR: Old Men Go West

Day after Samuel Gompers was laid in his grave in Tarrytown, N. Y. in 1924, the executive council of the American Federation of Labor announced his successor as chief of U. S. Labor: William Green. No one was more surprised than inconspicuous Mr. Green. Old Cigarmaker Gompers, who regarded the A. F. of L. as his own personal property, had willed the job to Matthew Woll, head of the little Photo Engravers Union. But having grown restive under long Gompers rule, the individualistic members of the A. F. of L. high command were...

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