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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 02, 1912, Image 11

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EL'AYS CARNEGIE'S STUNT
IN TESTIFYING ' "
Washington, Feb. 2. George
C. Taylor, of the American Ex
press Company, took the stand
before the Interstate Commerce
Commission today.
The Commission desired to ask
Taylor about express rates, and
the highness thereof, but, like
Andy Carnegie, Taylor had his
own ideas as to what he should
testify to.
After a few unimportant re
marks as to the lowness of rates,
Taylor branched off into a dis
cussion of the American Express
Company as an employer of la
bor.
He became quite enthusiastic
on this subject, and told the Com
mission how his company took an
almost parental interest in its em
ployes. '
The Commission almost was at
the point of patting Taylor on the
back, telling him what a good
man he -was, and sending him
home, when Examiner Ryan, for
the Commission, entered the
room, bearing documents.
"I want to tell the commission
about the way employes of ex
press companies are treated,"
said Ryan.
Taylor beamed; the Commis
sion wondered if it had got to list
en to any more of it.
"First of all, I would say that
express clerks and cashiers re
ceive less salary than that paid
stablemen," began Ryan, and the
smile on Taylor's fatherly face
faded suddenly.
"Cashiers and clerks receive. an
averageof $640 a year, or abouf:
$12 a week ; stablemen receive an
average wage of $675. The aver
age paid all employes is $490."
By this time Taylor's smile
had wholly wilted, and the com
mjssion was regarding him
thoughtfully. One member of the
Commissipn picked up notes tak
ing Tayldr's testimony.
"We conduct a rigid investiga
tion of every prospective em
p'lpye," he read. "We go back
ten years in every man's record,
because we hope every employe is
ambitious for advancement and
that in time he will be called upon
to handle large sums of money."
The Commissioner laid down
the notes. "At a salary of a little
over $!2'a-week," he murmured.
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POP PROMISED HiUiETHOT
HE WOUL HELP HIM WITH
HIS tESSOHS., m-UEr
first ques-riorf was;
"0OZS THE1 LCAHIM6 TOWER.
OF PIzA WCUNE " THE
SAME PIRSCTIOM THAT
MEVJ ORLEAHS?
soyE KIP.'
Lake Superior is- freezing all
over. So is the average human
nowadays.
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