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The Eight-Hour Law.



A little over a hundred men formed a mass-meeting called by the Central Labor Union at Bohemian Turner-hall on De Koven street yesterday. Joseph Randan occupied the chair. A. H. Parsons, in discussing the eight-hour plan, said the virtue of the plan was that it considered the workingmen as consumers and proposed to increase their capacity as consumers, and thereby in part counteract the evil effect of the existing overproduction. The Central Labor Union took this view of the plan, that the working class would get nothing from the employers unless they organized. Josef Soleslav Tezka spoke in Bohemian. He said the eight-hour system would hardly better the condition of the working-people, as the wages would be correspondingly reduced. But it should be introduced to show this to the laborers and make proselytes for revolutionary ideas. He advised all laborers to arm themselves so as to be able to meet the police and militia. August Spies said all wealth was produced by the working-people and the latter had the right to determine how much they would produce. But to enforce their demands it was necessary to arm and have recourse to violence. The movement was a good one, as it afforded an opportunity to spread revolutionary ideas.