Socialists of many shades crowded into the hall of the Forward Puilding Friday to pay tribute to their leader, Abraham Shiplacoff, whose body was lying in state previous to the funeral.
In accord with the precepts of his convietions, no religious services were held at the funeral. The black coffin contrasted strangely with the red bunting and the floral wreaths that draped the bier. Seven standard bearers with the red flag of labor stood about the remains of their late leader. Heads were bared in reverance to the dead.
Whispers died away, as Morris Fin stone, secretary of the United Hebrew Trades, spoke in a low monotone. He spent his life freeing the laboring class. It was his aim to achieve everything that was dear to him.”
Jacob Panken, former Municipal Court justice, also spoke of Shiplacoff, saying: “His life was an example of what leadership is. He lived his ideals, not merely preached them.” The judge added. “Those who were sick in body and those who were sick in mind, found in him a nurse.” Panken concluded with: “He has left his imprint upon his generation, upon America and upon life.”
A BROTHER HAS DIED
“When a great author dies we remember him by his books, when a brilliant speaker dies we recall his famous orations, but what do we do when brother dies?” B. C. Vladeck, manager of the Forward
Others who culogized the Socialist leader, were: James O’Neal, editor of the New Leader: Algernon Lee, Derector of the Rand Dubinsky, president of the International Ladies’ Garmen Workers’ Union; Joseph Springak, representing Histadruth, Palestine Jewish Federation of Labor; David #Pin playwright; Joseph Schless berg, Secretary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union; Nathan Spector, secretary of the United Hatters and Millinery Workers International Union; Joseph Baskin, secretary of the Workmen’s Circle; Nathan Chanin, secretary of the Jewish Socialist Verhand; Dr. J. Seidoff, L. P. Golderg, H. Rogoff. L. Waldman, I. Hollander, and William Carlin.
William Greer, president of the American Federation of Laborwired his regrets over the loss of one of the great leaders of organized labor. Josph P. Ruan, president, and James C. Quinn, secretary of the Central Trades and Labor Council also telegraphed their condolences.
Burial took place in Mount carmel Cemetery.