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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 21, 1912, Image 8

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WAGE MAIN QUESTION.
The union officials, presidents
of the street railway companies
land Mayor Hajj ion stjil were in
conference latefhis afernopn.
From present indications,- the
conference cctontjJsknot like
ly to come to anr settlement nor,
td a breaking-"pomt until Thurs
day or Friday.
The street railway companies
are jockeying. They are avoiding
the wage issue. Mayor Harrison
is helping them to do so. , '
The union officials are, helpless
to prevent this just now. If they
were to do as they ought, and
break off all negotiations, the
companies would tell the public
that the union had refused to
treat with them, and perhaps the
public would believe them.
But it is a fact that the com
panies and Harrison are persist
ently dodging the wage issue,
Which is the only real issue at
stake.
The street car men want a liv
ing wage. Their average yearly
wage today is only $623. Every
one knows a man cannot keep
himself and family decently on
this.
The street railway companies
are wailing that the payment of a
decent wage would break them.
Yet last year, the Chicago City
Railway Co. declared dividends
of llj per cent, which is just
about 6Y2 per cent over a normal
return on the capital invested,
and this Was besides the 55 per
cent of their gross earnings given
to the city.
The wage issue is the question.
The companies know it. Harri
son knows it The union officials
know it, and are helpless. The
men know it, and are getting
more impatient every hour. "
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CHINA IN OB CiyjL WAR
Shanghai, Aug. 21. It is "be
lieved that nothing can savej
China fro manothex civil War, Un
less Yuan Shai Kaf should sud
denly go to his death.
Desperate fighting has broken
out at Wu Chang. Telegraph
lines are down and no details
can be obtained
Wu Chang is headquarters 'for
Vice President Li Yuan --Hung,
who has broken with his chief.'
There is talk today of nomin- ,
ating Li as president of Southern
China on condition he immediate
ly declares var upon Yuan and
the North.'
Every one would prefer Sun
Yat Sen to Li, but the Chinese
are fatalists. Sun has goneto
Yuan's capital, Pekin, to investi
gate the execution of the Hupeft
generals, and no uhinaman be
lieves he will ever come out of
Pekin alive.
Professional Only.
Patient (to Drettv nurse")
Will you be my wife when I re-
cover? 3j
Nurse Certainly.
Patient Then you love me?
Nurse Oh, no; that's merely
part of the treatment. I must
keep my patients cheerful. I
promised this morning to run
away with a man who had lost
both his legs.
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