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CHICAGO NEWS IN BRIEF
Robbers backed a wagon to
rear door of furniture store of H.
Lasinsky, 437 S. Halsted street,,
fast night, stripped the store of
$60Q worth of furniture and rugs,
and carted the loot away
Night watchman saw the
wagon at the store dopr, but
thought some one was moving.
He was right.
The street car men have ap
pealed to Mayor Harrison to help
prevent a strike.
Last night the union officials
sent Harrison a telegram asking
him to use his gqod offices toward
getting the traction companies to
grant them a decent living wage.
This action was taken only
after the traction company offi
cials had tried to put the union
Yesterday the officials of the
union presented to the companies
a note of the overwhelming vote
of the men to strike.
Pres. Roach of the Chicago
Railway Co. and Pres. Busby 'of
the Chicago City Railways Co,
both gave evasive answers.
Both asked for time in which
"to consider the proposition."
This .action was regarded most
unsatisfactorily by the men. It
looks too much like the company
officials are only delaying until
such time as they can; import a
sufficient number of strikebreak
ers. Pres. Mahon of the street car
men's international union said
last night that he was afraid that
long as the traction company offi
That is what moved the union"
officials to send the telegram to
The city is vitally interested in.
the street car situation, even out
side of what a strike would mean
to the business interests.
The city draws down 55 per
cent of the gross earnings of the
street car company.
While the city is drawing down,
this enormous amount of money"
the street car employes are being
So the street car men felt they
had a right to appeal to Mayor,
Harrison just now is ' at his
summer home in upper Michigan.
He has not yet answered the tele
gram of the union officials ask
ing him to help them out.
Many of the street car men are
doubtful if Harrison ever will an
swer the telegram.
In fact, they suspect that Har
rison "beat it" out of town the
minute he saw there was a pros
pect of trouble in the street car
( Harrison has pulled stunts like
that before. He always tries to
play both ends against the mid-'
Many of the street . car men.
think he wants to pose as their
friend, while at the same time he.
is playing the game of the trac
If Harrison really js doing this,
nothing will be easier for him
he could not hold1 the men in as than to pretend he did not receive