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charge of the situation for any
company, furnish all Kmds of
non-union help, estahlish a mili
tary system and feed and lodge
all help. , '
Bergoff brothers admit they
are great stuff. In their adver
tisement they swell all up over
having broken hundreds oi
strikes and they point with priclc'
to some half dozen famous affairs
like the Philadelphia street rail
way strike when, you remember,
as tough a gang of blood thifsty
devils as ever shoveled coals in
Hades invaded Philadelphia as
car operators and guards.
The main office of Bergoffl
Bros, is m Chicago at 154 West
Randolph street and I went there
to call on 'em. 11 wasn't much of
fice. When you go m you see a
bare room, divided by a partition.
You scrape your feet a bit and a
man comes to view slowly in a
window in the partition. I asked
for Mr. Bergoff and the face.
A banker-lodking old fellow
next stuck his features into the
window frame, sized me up and
wagged his Jiead'at a welL dressed
young man .who came forward
and -said he was A. C. Bergoff.
Having been "oldrsleuthed" by
three of Bergoff's staff, I asked
the third "how's business?"
"How d'ye mean T'
"Are the coal companies mak
ing arrangements to break the
coal strike when it conies ?"
"It would be a breach of con
fidence to answer that," said A.
C. Bergoff. x
"What do, you yourself think
'SWell, weWhat is, this bu
reau haven't paid much atten
tion to the situation' west of
Pittsburg. We expect to see the
worst trouble iri the -anthracite
region. I don't mind telling you
that T understand the anthracite
oprators have taken precautions.,. ' m
to-protect their property; that
means, also, men who do' not
strike. I believe they expect a
"This vs the largest strike
breaking bureau in the world.
Many'of the largest concerns in
America owe' the successful out
coming of strikes to our men.
Some of our staisfied customers
"Does the strikebreaker make
mofe money out of this sort of
work than at-a regular trade?
"Naturally he does make more,
the risk is greater."
"Pretty dangerous job for "the
guard, isn't it?"
'" "Dangerous? Sometimes. But
generally the danger is no great
er than a Chicago policeman's,
'We havea large force of menal
ways ready to jump out to any--where
in America. We pay them,
the owner pays us in total
"The guard is working for dol
lars and cents, we are working
for dollars an,d cents, the strike
breaker works for dollar and
cents, the owner .breaks, or"tries
to break, the strike for dollars
and. cents. Of course, it's tough
on a striker to see some other fel
low doing his "work, and when his
temper gets the better of him and