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The men ask an increase that
would give them, after several
years' service, a wage of $1,022.
The slightest calculation of pres
ent day prices will show that even
this is under a comfortable wage
for a man who is married and has
more than two children. It is
barely $20 a week.
But the companies do not seem
inclined to grant it, although
from their own statements it can
be proved that they are in an ex
ceedingly prosperous condition.
The officials of the companies
have said that their offer to renew
the old contract, with its average
wage of about $620, is their final
If this be truly so, then there
will be a strike.
There were drramatic scenes at
the polling places at 63rd and
Halsted streets and at North Ash
land avenue and Division street
The wives of the car men gath
ered there in large numbers, and
beseeched the men to vote for a
strike as they entered the booths.
"We can't live decently on the
present wages," they said. "If
you are a married man you know
this; if you are a single man cast
your vote for us."
Private detectives in the em
ploy of the company also swarm
ed about the polling places, just
as they tried to sneak into the
meeting Tuesday night at which
the strike vote was decided on.
The Amalgamated Association
of Electric and Street Employes
has just won a great strike at Bos
ton, after the surface and elevated
companies had tried to break the
strike through the courts.
MEAT KEEPS GOING UP
The beef trust has been "dis
solved" by or"der of the federal
government. Instead of forcing
down the prices of meat, the cost
has gone up by leaps and bounds,
until it has reached an almost un
precedented high-water mark in
Chicago and other cities today.
A lot of money was spent by
the packers in defending them
selves when charged with viola
tion of the Sherman law. They
are getting the money back, and.
the public pays not only for the
prosecution, which amounted to
nothing, but also pays the fees of
the packers' lawyers.
TO BETTER JOURNALISM
Madison, Wis., Aug. 2. The
national editorial conference cam
national editorial conference
came to a close last night.
The offer of Roy W. Howard,
chairman of the board of direc
tors of the United Press, to turn
over to all universities having de
partments of journalism, a full
copy of the United Press report
for one year is generally accepted
as offering the most promising
lead to the betterment of journal
ism. -- ,
Wife And, knowing my senti
ments on the subject, did that
odious Mr. Binks insult you by of
fering you a drink? Husband
That's what Mr. Binks did. Wife
And how did you resent it?
Husband I swallowed the insult.
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