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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 24, 1912, Image 9

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BIGGpST HARMONIZER OF CAPITAL AND LABOR '
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Charles P. Neill, U. S. Commissioner of Commerce and Labor.
Ice-cold statistics recently were
published by the government to
the effect that Charles P." Neill,
United States labor commission
er, in six years, through medi
ation, had settled 47 railroad
strikes, involving 163,050 men
and 505,880 miles of railroad.
These belated figures, how
ever, do not reflect all this wiz
ard diplomat has accomplished in
the industrial world since he was
appointed to his present' job in
1905.
. Hi really spectacular work has
never been done in the limelight;
it usually takes place beljind lock
ed doors. He enters a strike field
when botbr sides-are at their wits'
end to know what to do. Both
employe rand employe, have made
every concession they regard pos
sible. '
On appeal from either side
ifeill begins jvprk. Resourceful,
tactful and shrewd, he hears both"
sides, and then, like a playground
instructor, suggests compromises.
No one outside the parties con
cerned ever hears just how it's
done.
. Neill's erenius is shown in his
ability to make statistics tell ajf
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when he ,emerged from the Lawj
rence strike field after, weeks eft
work an'd. quietly Kapded over a
"bunch of. "-Aggers" -that brough)b.
out the salient fact that the work
ers Were not paid an amount
which could possibly be construed
a living wage.
It was about the'best piece of
muck-raking an Uncle Sam em
ploye ever did.
The same thing happened
when Neill broke into the game
for the government as special in
vestigator of the stockyards. He
was assisted by: James Reynolds.

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