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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 08, 1912, Image 4

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duty of the Hearst newspapers tp
submit their differences with the
union pressmen to arbitration,
and prevent all the suffering the
newspaper lockout has entailed?
Today's Hearst editorials also
cry hysterically that it is the duty
of Mayor Harrison to prevent a
street car strike.
When the Hearst papers lock
ed Out the pressmen, they called
on Mayor Harrison, but not to
prevent a strike.
At that time the Hearst papers
called on Mayor Harrison to give
them the use of the city police
force to help crush the union
pressmen. And Harrison did it.
All tHese things do not sound
very ponsistent. But the Hearst
papers never have been noted for
consistency.
And perhaps the explanation of
their present inconsistency is to
be found right alongside of to
day's screaming editorials.
Perhaps the explanation lies in
a number of interviews with de
partment store heads.
All the interviews are to the
same effect that a street car
strike must be prevented, because
one would hurt business so much.
When the Hearst newspapers
locked out their pressmen, the big
department stores helped them
out.
When the circulation of the
Hearst sheets fell to nothing at
all, the big stores continued to
advertise in these valueless
papers.
The big department stores
helped out tiie Hearst news
papers in their trouble. How the
Hearst newspapers arfc helping
out the big department stores,
which are seated to death at the
prospect of a strike.
Mayor Harrison arrived in the
city this morning, and announced
with a blare of trumpets, that he
would do all he could to prevent
a strike.
Harrison went into immediate
conference with International
Pres. Mahon of the street car
men's union and the local union,
officials.
Mahon told Harrison that the
street car men were becoming
impatient; that they were becom
ing more and more assured that
the frequent delays sought by the
companies were sinister.
Harrison suggested the matter '
of wages be left to an aldermanic
committee of arbitration, the
committee to include M. J. Buck
ley, city traction expert and form
er president of the local streef
car men's union.
Now the street car men are not
mqch inclined to arbitrate the
question of wages, for that is the
crux of the whole difficulty.
Both the companies and the
unions already are agreed to aH
such minor conditions as work
ing conditions. - "
It is on wages the companies
have refused to listen to any of
the demands of the" hien ; have re
fused even to consider them.
And yesterday, Pres, Busby, of
the City Railway Co., saidt
"There will be no strike. This
thing is going to be settled, let's
get down to settlement."
The union officials wete only"
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