Incidentally Going After Roosevelt and Editor Lawson at a Dinner

New York Times, December 9, 1908

The quiet which might reasonably be expected at a dinner of the Sphinx Club was disturbed last night when that organization, composed of advertising and newspaper men, as having its monthly dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, by a double-barrelled attack by Charles W. Post on the labor unions and on President Roosevelt.

Mr. Post was also quite bitter in his references to Victor F. Lawson, editor and owner of the Chicago Daily News.

Mr. Post's remarks were not permitted to go unchallenged. Frank B. Noyes of the Record-Herald of Chicago, vigorously defended his friend and fellow-editor against the charge of cowardice made by Mr. Post.

Mr. Post, who is President of the Postum Food Company, declared that President Roosevelt had done his best to force an anti-injunction law on Congress, and implied that he and Samuel Gompers had been working hand in glove, for Mr. Gompers had been seen leaving the White House when the matter was under consideration, after a conference with the President which lasted until 2 o'clock in the morning.

Mr. Post was also bitter in his references to labor unions, declaring that they directed their efforts toward controlling the business of their employers. In speaking of this he charged Mr. Lawson of The Chicago News with cowardice, saying that he, Mr. Post, had prepared an advertisement attacking the labor unions and Mr. Lawson refused to print it in The News. He refused, Mr. Post said, because he was afraid of the unions.

Mr. Noyes here interrupted to say that Mr. Lawson was his friend; that he knew him intimately. "A braver man does not live than Mr. Lawson," declared Mr. Noyes.

To this Mr. Post replied that when the printers saw the advertisement they objected, and their typographical union protested against it. This statement, he said, he made on the authority of Medill McCormick, owner of The Chicago Tribune.

Mr. Noyes again asked to be heard, but the toastmaster said that Mr. Post had the floor. At the close of Mr. Post's attack Mr. Noyes was recognized. He said that he was fully acquainted with the facts in connection with the rejection of the advertisement submitted by Mr. Post.

It was not printed, he added, because a strike of the Teamsters was then on in Chicago, and both he and Mr. Lawson agreed that it was calculated to inflame the strikers and probably lead to serious trouble. Mr. Lawson would not print it purely from considerations of citizenship, said Mr. Noyes, and neither the printers individually or their union had anything to do with it.

This positive assertion closed the incident.



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Research by Mark Krasovic

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